76. M-Brew – October 24, 2014 – Ferndale, MI


The beer selection at M-Brew


When was the last time I’d played pinball before this? Age 10?


Um, I am IN LOVE. M-Brew offers delicious local beers AND vintage arcade games. I didn’t think I’d be as excited about it when I first heard about it. But if there’s anything I’ve noticed as I’ve gotten older, it’s that nostalgia is a very smart sell. The place had pinball – and Ms. Pac Man and Pac Man – and BurgerTime! Do you remember BurgerTime? It’s f’ing sweet. It’s just this little dude running around different levels trying to make layers of hamburger fall down to make a burger, while avoiding evil pickles and eggs and whatnot. But since I used to play it all the time when I was super-little (on my dad’s Intellivision, which pretty much no one remembers as the competitor to Atari), of course I love it. And I can’t remember the last time I saw a BurgerTime arcade game!

I have plans to come back here in a few weeks – and I’m warning everyone I go with then to bring rolls of quarters – because stepping into this time-warp of a game room is highly addictive.

177 Vester St.

Ferndale, MI 48220

25. Ciccarelli’s – May 29, 2014 – Shelby Township, MI


Here is another place that I live really close to that I had never been to.

Actually, I was here when it was still Club 22 – and I have to say, I like this sports bar reincarnation much, much better.

There are a lot of huge TVs in this joint, as there should be. Great for watching Wings games (start of preseason only two months from the date I’m writing this post!) or any other big match-ups.

46793 Hayes Rd. Shelby Twp., MI 48315
 Shelby Twp., MI 48315

(Also locations in Auburn Hills and Detroit)