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posted on Thursday, December 22, 2016

Spicoli’s Rockade has been transformed into a bar and performance venue, and now adult arcade that features classic and new pinball and arcade games. The sights and sounds inside Spicoli’s will definitely take you back to your childhood.   

Carah Evans is (pardon the reference to The Who’s Tommy) a pinball wizard. She’s been playing pinball since she was a kid and she’s only fallen deeper in love with the game. She and her husband Troy collect and restore pinball machines and partnered recently with Spicoli’s to create the Rockade.

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Playing pinball with Carah is different than playing at any other arcade with any other person.  The competition is FIERCE and no matter how good you think you are, you’ll lose. She’s a former state pinball champion and because the machines at Spicoli’s are hers, she knows all of the nuances of the games. 

But that doesn’t mean you can’t go play and start to understand the machines yourself. There’s a pinball selfie league at the Rockade. You’ll see “regulars” there throughout the week. And you can also go face off against Carah many nights as well.

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In addition to more than a dozen classic (Taxi, Elvira) and new (Walking Dead, Metallica) pinball machines, there are dozens of arcade games available. You’re able to play everything from NBA Jam to Tetris to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The machines at the Rockage are in exceptional condition thanks to the great work by Troy, and there are enough options that all of your friends will find their childhood favorites…or maybe find a new favorite.

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- Aaron Buzza, Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau

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