The spirit of old pinball machines (without an actual working pinball machine on the premises) defines the aesthetic of this splashy, design-minded home for upscale bar offerings and fine food to match.
Address: 1612 14th St. NW
Phone number: 202-319-1612
Number of seats: 50
Entrée price range: $10-$15
Popular dishes: Lobster Rangoon with spiced lobster, cream cheese, crispy wonton, sweet chile and cilantro; spicy queso with creamy melted cheeses, pickled serrano chile and crispy corn tortilla chips; cornmeal crusted Chesapeake oysters with andouille sausage and sweet potato hash; heirloom beef taquitos with crispy corn tortilla, pico de gallo and guacamole
What others say: “Tilt’s distinction as a pinball bar has plenty of nuance. This isn’t a venue where guests play the nostalgic game with a pint or cocktail fogging up the glass, but rather one where you feel like a steel ball rocketed from one neon attraction to the next. It’s a bar inside a pinball machine, not the other way around. Jeff Black, the visionary and owner behind the Washington, D.C., venue, which opened in September, even takes it one step further. At this pinball bar, there isn’t an actual pinball machine anywhere in sight.” — Tim Carman, The Washington Post