2222 Second Ave, 441-5449

With the tragic demise of Hi*Score arcade, the burden of providing pinball and classic video games in Seattle fell upon SHORTY'S, Belltown's homey, friendly arcade. Though they don't have my personal favorite (Donkey Kong Junior, which is waaaaaay better than the original Donkey Kong--and I'll fight anyone who says different!), they do offer cheap beer, and even cheaper hot dogs. Plus, the last Thursday of every month, Shorty's is home of Queer Pinball, a special gaming night for the fags. This month's night arrives on August 29, and if it sounds like your kind of bag (i.e., if you're, you know, gay and you like pinball), then you should definitely mark your calendar. BRADLEY STEINBACHER