Pinball machines must be carefully maintained, from waxing the playfield to caring for the snakes that swallow lost balls. Stay in play with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $9 for a three-hour pass for one person, valid Monday–Friday ($19 value)
- $19 for a day pass for one person ($29 value)
- $35 for a day pass for two people ($58 value)
- $65 for a day pass for four people ($116 value)
Passes grant free play on Modern Pinball NYC's machines, with no coins needed. Guests receive a wristband that allows them to leave and reenter, and can also receive 10% off food and drink next door at Madhatter by displaying the wristband.
Modern Pinball NYC
In 1942, New York City Mayor La Guardia banned pinball, claiming it was a game of chance and not skill. The ban stuck and the game didn't make its return until 1976 when the pinball ban was overturned. Today, no such controversy surrounds pinball—in fact, it's experiencing a resurgence in the city, with Modern Pinball NYC leading the charge.
Here, fun-lovers gather to rack up points on more than 30 machines, some of which date back to the late 1970s, some of which are brand new, with step-stools available for kids. Named one of New York Magazine's best in 2014, Modern Pinball NYC isn't your typical arcade; it features pinball machines exclusively, and, instead of bringing the machines to life by inserting quarters or hooking them up to car batteries, visitors purchase hour and day passes to play all the games as many times as they wish. This system enables Modern Pinball NYC to maintain a social, high-energy gaming environment that centers on clean, non-violent fun—a trait that many modern video games may lack— and even CNN and The Wall Street Journal have weighed in on the new darling of the NYC pinball scene.