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The top 5 bars for pinball in Toronto

The top bars for pinball offer the chance to show off your dexterity and passion. Alas, Toronto by-laws mean that no one place can have more than a couple of machines, but at least we're not shit out entirely. There's no better way to play than with a beer at hand, so head to one of these watering holes and get your game on.

Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the top bars for pinball in Toronto.

Get Well
Get Well has a reputation for its games. Nestled among old-school arcade favourites like Space Invaders and Tetris, you'll find a few well-loved pinball machines. And that's not all the bar has to offer, you'll also find a hefty craft beer selection and a quirky crowd of twenty-somethings.

Pinball is no joke to the folks over at Handlebar. They take the game so seriously that they threw a five-day long tourney this summer, aptly named the "Beer & Ball Festival". Like most Kensington bars, it gets pretty crowded at night, so prepare to throw some elbows if you want to get to the pinball machine.

3030 has a lot going for it: a menu filled with quality tapas, live music, craft beers on tap, and a couple vintage pinball machines to top it all off. The space can hold up to 200 diners and drinkers, so you may have to fight off a few enthusiastic gamers to get your hands on a machine - but it's well worth it.

Hi Lo
Hi-Lo is your most easterly option for a game of bar 'ball. You'll only find one machine, but that's more than enough in this itty bitty bar. If the machine has beat you one too many times, you can always drown your sorrows in an expertly crafted Negroni, or if you're feeling apathetic, a can of PBR.

Nightowl has a lone pinball machine among its classic arcade games. If you can't make it to the machine or are willing to wait your turn, opt to watch some live music - the bar has a small stage used for open mics and small scale performances.

What did I miss? Add your favourite pinball bar to the comments below.

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