Pinball News – High Score Saloon in Downtown Evansville a hit with gamers of all ages

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Buy Photo

Autoplay

Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

Last SlideNext SlideBuy Photo

Pinball machines line the back wall of High Score Saloon. (Photo: MaCabe Brown / Courier & Press)Buy Photo

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Fun and games are in full force on Main Street, and we’re not talking about the Aces and Thunderbolts at the Ford Center.

A few blocks south is High Score Saloon, a below-ground oasis where everybody from millennials to baby boomers can bond over a game, or more likely, multiple games. There are pinball, old-school and new-school video games, and board games such as Dungeons & Dragons.

Revenue comes from private events, pinball plays (it’s 50 cents a game) along with sales of beer including several craft brews, wine, and as of a few weeks ago, spirits.

In gaming terminology, High Score Saloon owners Clint Hoskins and Jared Neible made a play on Downtown Evansville. So far, it has paid off. There are nights High Score Saloon is at capacity, and guests must be turned away.

More: Comfort by the Cross-Eyed Cricket bringing doughnuts to Downtown Evansville

It’s far exceed expectations in almost pretty much every aspect,” said Hoskins, an Evansville firefighter. “Financially it’s good. We’ve been higher or about even with what we expected.”

CLOSE

The old-school arcade game of pinball is no longer just old-school. The number of competitors and competitions nationally has skyrocketed since 2006, according to the International Flipper Pinball Association. (Dec. 26)
AP

How many people can squeeze in at one time? A sign says capacity is 113, but in reality, “after 80 people, we tell them it’s too much,” Hoskins said.

High Score Saloon is faring well even though, so far, it’s seeing little impact from the nearby Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, where students from three universities are taking classes in medical fields. The center opened in August.

Buy Photo

The bar area at High Score Saloon.  (Photo: MaCabe Brown / Courier & Press)

High Score Saloon has grown its total game count from 30 to 35. “We’ve bought $25,000 in new pinball this year alone,” Hoskins said.

More: Reading and singing his way to more than $158K raised for charities | Hidden Heroes

A Wednesday night pinball league has brought some spirited and friendly competition.

“First night we did it, we had 12 people,” Hoskins said….

Original Article Link