By Deb Flomberg
Remember spending your teenage years at the local arcade? As soon as you were old enough to date you started hanging out at the arcade, playing game after game of pinball or skiball with your friends or that super special crush you were just so into in middle school. Well, why not take an evening to relive those carefree days as an adult, and transport yourself back to the days of pinball and fun?
Pins and Needles is one of the best collections of pinball machines in the country. You’ll find all the best machines here from the late 1970s and early 1980s, as well as some of the early electronic machines and other fun modern games. Remember 1980’s Alien Poker or Future Spa from 1979? What about Genesis from 1986 or Jungle Queen from 1977? As soon as you walk through the doors at pins and needles, you are sure to feel like you’ve stepped back in time.
The vibe here is definitely more underground and secret, so it helps if you enjoy seeking out the lesser-known spots in Los Angeles. Bring a pocket full of quarters and be sure to check the website or call before you head down, as they do tend to close up shop if the place is empty. And if you end up finding a new-found love of pinball machines, then you can even join the LAPL, or the Los Angeles Pinball League, which meets here every Tuesday and usually starts up in the early Spring.
After you enjoy a few hours of pinball then head out and get some burgers and fries and make your night out together a true trip back in time. Maybe even stop for a Slurpee at the nearest 7-11. Relive your teenage years in style though, since you certainly don’t have to ride your bike or take your dad’s car. Head there in your 2014 CLS63 AMG Coupe from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You can still enjoy all the luxury and elegance of the Mercedes-Benz while you have all the same fun you had as a kid. Except this time, you will be arriving in style.
Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.
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