Widgets Magazine
  • Regional arcade bar coming to the Plaza District

    With locations in Des Moines, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and St. Louis, Up-Down is moving forward with plans to come to Oklahoma City.

    A 2-story building now under construction in the Plaza District will be home to the bar, which typically features more than 50 retro arcade games, classic Skee-Ball, plus pinball machines, Nintendo and Sega console games and life-size Connect Four and Jenga. Up-Down charges a quarter for each game play.

    Up-Down started in 2013 in Des Moines where founder and co-owner Josh Ivey opened next to his own live music venue to provide patrons a place to go before and after shows. The bar proved so popular it was expanded to other cities in the Midwest.

    Including Oklahoma City, the concept will grow to 6 locations with more planned.

    In addition to the games, Up-Down features house-made pizza by the slice or whole and an extensive offering of craft beer and 80's and 90's themed cocktails.

    The 6,500 square foot building at 1629 NW 16th is being constructed by Choctaw developer Al Sahli and will feature a lower level patio and a large upstairs balcony with an outdoor fireplace.

    Construction started late last year. The architect is Sam Gresham.

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