The Racket pinball lounge and bar open on State Street

Bellingham’s pinball players have a new place to swing flippers at a steel ball now that The Racket, a bar and pinball lounge at 1220 N. State St., is open.

The two-story space has a bar on the first floor and a pinball lounge on the second.

The Racket is owned by Hollie Huthman and Marty Watson, who also own The Shakedown, a music venue next door to The Racket. The two spaces are connected by a doorway.

Huthman and Watson planned The Racket as a “side bar” to The Shakedown. It’s a quiet place to go to escape the noise of live music, Huthman said in an interview last year. A lot of venues, including The Crocodile and Neumos in Seattle, have side bars.

The Racket is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and has a full bar and serves cheesesteaks and falafels, according to its Facebook page.

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