The pinball and arcade bar renaissance has finally made its way to Rhode Island, and Flip Side in Westerly is the latest barcade to claim your quarters. “Pinball and beer make a wonderful combination,” explains owner Mark Carvey who, with his wife Dana, turned an obsession and ever-growing pinball machine collection into a place where good beer and old school arcade nostalgia collide. “The marriage of the two was a no brainer.”
Expect the ten taps and the nine tables to rotate regularly. Taps feature local suds like Westerly’s own Grey Sail and the tables range from ‘80s classics to contemporary games. Over 30 additional canned beers and an old jukebox full of 45s that run the gamut from David Bowie to Wu Tang Clan will keep those flipper fingers flipping.
“Arcades were a thing of our youth and have almost become extinct,” says Mark. “We wanted to bring some of the nostalgia back for these classic games and give some younger adults the enjoyment they may never have had the chance to experience.” 1 Railroad Avenue, Westerly.