After more than two years of waiting, Up-Down arcade bar is finally opening in the Central West End.
Located in the space formerly occupied by Herbie’s Vintage ’72 and Balaban’s restaurant at 405 N. Euclid Ave., Up-Down STL is hosting its grand opening on Friday, June 14, from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. All games are 25 cents to play, and the first 100 guests on opening day will receive free tokens for games.
The two-story space with three bars and a large outdoor patio features more than 60 vintage arcade games and pinball machines, waxing nostalgic with arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s like PAC-MAN, Galaga and Crystal Palace.
The business pairs the popular retro arcade games with an extensive drink selection featuring over 60 craft beers on tap and a variety of cocktails. There will also be a quick-service food window with pizza by the slice by the slice and other bites.
Up-Down STL is thrilled to be opening it’s doors after overcoming several obstacles in the past two years.
In May 2017, the 21-and-up establishment garnered enough signatures from neighbors to get its liquor license, but faced opposition from a small group of Central West End residents who voiced concerns about anticipated noise, proposed hours of operation, parking problems and other issues. The neighbors then sued, tying up the matter in court for over a year.
Up-Down got the green light to use its liquor license more than a year later in July 2018 when a St. Louis Circuit Court Judge handed down a decision ruling against the neighbors.
Up-Down then moved forward, making extensive renovations and upgrades to the 7,500-square-foot space. The arcade bar also added a walled courtyard, plus other noise-mitigation features to address some of the neighbors’ concerns.
“I couldn’t be more excited about the opening,” said Josh Ivey, co-owner of Up-Down STL. “We really hope people enjoy Up-Down as much as we do. We are very appreciative of all the people in St. Louis who encouraged and supported us, and we plan to be a positive part of the Central West End for many years to come.”
Up-Down has been featured on Game Informer’s “The 10 Best Arcade Bars in America” and Cheapism’s “31 Bars With Arcades That Are Worth Your Quarters,” as well as other shows.
Up-Down also has locations in Kansas City, Missouri, as well as Des Moines, Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
Up-Down STL will be open Monday-Friday, 3 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., and Saturday-Sunday, 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Patrons must be 21 to enter. For more information, visit www.updownarcadebar.com.