Belles & Chimes Oakland is a women's pinball league based in downtown Oakland, CA.

We are part of the national Belles & Chimes network of women's pinball leagues, founded right here in Oakland in 2013.

We are always excited for new members, and you can join at any point during the season - all you have to do is show up for a meeting! See our current schedule here.

Keep up to date with Belles & Chimes Oakland news and get reminders about upcoming meetings by signing up for our e-mail newsletter.

About Belles & Chimes


Mission

The mission of Belles & Chimes is to provide a fun, social environment for women to play pinball together.

Eligibility

Belles & Chimes is exclusively open to women players. There are no requirements relating to pinball skill or playing experience. We welcome women of all levels, including total beginners!

Cost

Season dues to play in Belles & Chimes Oakland are $20, and should be paid at the first league night. This money goes towards paying for league t-shirts, awards and prizes.

Players will also be responsible for the cost of games played during league nights.

Guests

New players trying out the league or visitors from out of town are welcome to come play as a guest at any meeting for $10. If a guest decides to join after visiting, their guest fee will be credited towards membership dues.

How to Join

We hold 6 to 8 meetings per season. New members are welcome to join at any point, just show up to a meeting!

All players who attend at least three regular season meetings and pay the $20 dues fee will receive the season's league t-shirt. Each season's t-shirt is exclusively available to qualified players.

We also hold a tournament and party at an off-site location following the completion of each season. In order to be invited to the party, players must have attended at least three Belles & Chimes meetings during the league season.

How it Works


The short version is that we get together every other week, hang out, and play a bunch of pinball!

Belles & Chimes meetings last roughly two hours.

Qualified Members

All players who attend at least three of our eight regular season meetings and pay the $20 dues fee are considered a qualified member for that season.

Qualified members will receive an exclusive Belles & Chimes t-shirt, available only to players who qualify in league each season. We have a different shirt every season!

Post Season Party and Tournament

Following the completion of each league season, we celebrate with a party and tournament at a different pinball destination somewhere in the Bay Area. For refreshments, players bring food and drink potluck style.

At the party, we distribute awards and prizes for performance during the league season. We have awards for first through third place in both A and B Division, as well as for the best performing new player and most improved player from the previous season.

Machines at Hi-Life

Currently, the game lineup upstairs at Hi-Life is: Game of Thrones (Stern 2015), Wheel of Fortune (Stern, 2007), The Simpsons Pinball Party (Stern, 2003), Medieval Madness (Williams, 1997), The Shadow (Bally, 1994), White Water (Williams, 1993), The Addams Family (Bally, 1992), Swords of Fury (Williams, 1988), Future Spa (Bally, 1979), and Melody (Gottlieb, 1967)

Meeting Schedule


Summer 2017 League Meetings are held every Monday at Stay Gold Deli, located at 2635 San Pablo in Oakland, CA.

Dues for our Summer season are $20, or $10 if you qualified during our Spring 2017 season.

Players may try out the league by playing as a guest for $10 per meeting.

League meetings start promptly at 7:30pm.

You can also subscribe to our Google calendar to get reminders about meetings.

June 5
June 12
June 19

June 26
July 3
July 10

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Our combined Spring/Summer end-of-season party for players who qualified either in our Spring or Summer 2017 seasons will be held in July.

Contact Us


Get in touch with us by sending an e-mail to bellesandchimespinball@gmail.com.

Odds & Ends


More Bay Area Pinball

We are so lucky to have a fantastic pinball scene in the Bay Area! In addition to Belles & Chimes, we have several co-ed pinball leagues and frequent tournaments.

The best way to learn about our many pinball opportunities is to visit Hella Heart Pinball, where you will find a list of Northern California pinball leagues and all the currently scheduled pinball tournaments in the area. You can also sign up for monthly e-mails listing upcoming pinball events.

PinPin Women's Tournament

Women pinheads should also all be aware of the annual women-only tournament at the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas put on by Colorado-based pinhead Trailer Tom of PinPin Films.

Women from all over the country travel to compete in a one-day tournament for a brand new-in-box Stern pinball machine! It's always a great time, and a wonderful opportunity to meet lots of other women pinheads. Belles & Chimes Oakland usually sends about six or seven players.

This year's PinPin Women-Only tournament will be held on Saturday, May 20th.

Belles & Chimes Oakland in the Media

  • A League of Their Own, East Bay Express, November 20, 2013
  • Oakland's Belles and Chimes is the first women's-only pinball league, Oakland North, December 2013
  • Best of the Bay: Best Pinball Wizardry, San Francisco Magazine, July 2014
  • Women's pinball league gives positive tilt to Bay Area scene, KALW Crosscurrents, November 11, 2014
  • Women take a place at the pinball table, Boing Boing, August 3, 2015
  • More Iron and Monsters or I Hear The Belles, Coast 2 Coast Pinball podcast, August 14, 2015