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First Look: Pins Mechanical Co. & 16-Bit Bar + Arcade at Easton

Susan Post Susan Post First Look: Pins Mechanical Co. & 16-Bit Bar + Arcade at EastonPINS Mechanical Co. & 16-Bit Bar + Arcade will open March 4 as a part of the Easton Town Center expansion - All photos by Susan Post
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The PINS Mechanical Co. and 16-Bit Bar + Arcade mash-up will make its debut at Easton Town Center on Thursday, March 4…all 38,000 square feet of it.

The address, 4117 Worth Ave., is Rise Brands’ largest location yet for the growing bar and entertainment concepts. PINS at Easton spans two floors plus a mezzanine level and an additional 3,000 square feet of heated patio space. (And there’s going to be a slide!!)

With all that space, Owner Troy Allen says they changed things up with the layout. Instead of each concept having its own, designated areas, duckpin lanes and arcade games are spread across the space. There’s a multitude of seating areas, pairs of lanes, and other entertainment zones where small groups can spread out and claim their own space – an ideal set-up as the pandemic continues.

The set-up is also ideal for another request PINS frequently receives – hosting large, corporate events. Businesses and organizations could host a private event for 1,000 plus people on the mezzanine and second floor while the main level remains open to the public.

The location has a little bit of everything – 18 bowling lanes, 40 arcade games, 35 pinball machines, two bocce ball lanes, bubble hockey, foosball, skee-ball and their largest lite-brite yet.

There are three bars, two with 36 taps each on both of the main floors, and a third with 24 taps near the second-floor patio. The cocktail menu will feature the same signatures offered at other PINS at 16-Bit locations.

Easton isn’t exactly where Allen thought PINS would end up, but after the success of the brand’s Dublin location, he was encouraged to explore another spot outside of the city’s urban core.

The concept filled a gap for Easton as well. As the shopping center continues to grow, the focus has shifted to integrating residential, retail and commercial, creating a walkable community. With the new expansion, which includes a number of restaurants, home decor stores and a soon-to-open hotel, PINS fit the bill of an entertainment anchor.

And it’s not the only concept Rise Brands has planned for the district. Allen says pre-pandemic, the company was working on a quick-serve restaurant concept, something they had been toying with for about three years. After taking a COVID pause, plans are back in action. Details are mum, but the new restaurant concept will have space at Easton and between the PINS and 16-Bit locations at Bridge Park in Dublin.

Until it’s open, there’s no shortage of food options in the area. PINS will continue its practice of partnering with nearby brick-and-mortar restaurants and allowing guests to bring outside food in.

PINS + 16-Bit at Easton will open at 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and noon on Saturday and Sunday. Currently, the bar will stay open until midnight, with plans to slowly extend to later hours over the next several weeks. As with its other locations, it’s 21 and up only after 8 p.m.

For more information, visit pinsbar.com.

All photos by Susan Post

The upstairs bar with 36 taps and an extensive whiskey selection
An elevated seating area – the space features a multitude of seating nooks to accommodate small parties
A view of the second floor
PINS’ main bank of duckpin lanes
Outside of the main bank of lanes are pairs of lanes spread across the space
An area where a small group could gather on the second floor
Foosball!
Two indoor bocce ball lanes
Pinball Alley
Ceiling detail on Pinball Alley
Rise Brands’ largest lite-brite yet!
While the first floor does feature the main grouping of arcade games, there are plenty of other spots to play across the space
Overseer of all things arcade
Skee-ball!
“The Cage”
The second floor patio, complete with patio pong
The ground-level patio
A sign welcoming patrons near the front door
PINS opens March 4 at 4117 Worth Ave.
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