Cool. I plan to head to kickback after work, it is pretty close. I will probably show up there between 5:30 and 6. I welcome company from you or anyone looking to play Pinball and talk Pinball. But don’t feel obligated.
May not be a unique description, but I will be the balding guy with scruffy hair, beard and glasses. Answers to the name Ian (or goat).
I realize it might be stupid to mention a non-pinball happening, but after Pinburgh a few years ago I took a road trip out to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater which is about an hour outside Pitt. It is one of the most famous houses in the world, and the tours are fantastic. Well worth the trip.
I’ll +1 this. I’ve been there a few times in my life and I’ll go back anytime I have a chance. All the amazing art and architecture I’ve ever seen pales in comparison to the place. I think it’s that good. And if you do go, and you hear a funny noise in or around the upstairs bedroom, it’s possibly the ghost of my grandfather who much to the dismay of the entire tour group and docent, ripped a huge noisy fart just outside the door.
We do have awesome museums and other such attractions in town - check out the Carnegie Museums if you want to kill a few daytime hours in the east end or north of downtown.
Kickback is cool, decent sandwiches and coffee drinks and BYOB - Atlas Bottle Works (http://atlaspgh.com/) is right down the street (attached to Row House Cinema) and has a great beer selection. (And the Atlas/Row House owner is a longtime Pittsburgh Pinball League member!)
Speaking of beer, you can now buy beer (less than a case per person) at most Giant Eagle supermarkets; you have to pay separately at the cafe register though.
The Tuesday (and next Monday) tournament is on the South Side, a few blocks behind Doublewide Grill (toward the river). It’s a private location so the outside of the building isn’t marked, maybe it says something about a gym? The address is on the calendar and there’s also a FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1716856521885179