Up-Down Arcade and Bar – Des Moines, IA

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Back in July, I had the chance to visit the Up-Down arcade and bar located in the East Village section of downtown Des Moines. Unforunately, I forgot to charge my phone before going and was only able to get 2 pictures before it died completely. I vowed to return and fully document the arcade and bar for the millions of readers of this blog. My recent visit to the 8 Bit Beercade in Peoria, IL got me in the mood to play more “classic” arcade games and I knew this place had them. I grabbed a few tokens left over from my previous visit and headed to 500 E Locust yesterday afternoon.

Up-Down is below ground and on my first visit in July, I probably walked by it 3 times before discovering the entrance. It has a more traditional arcade feel to it than the 8 Bit Beercade as it is essentially two rooms. The main room has the bar and a long wall with a bunch of games on it. There are a few more games scattered around this room...

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8 Bit Beercade – Peoria, IL

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Last weekend, I returned to my hometown for a class reunion.  A year ago, I learned of a new bar/arcade that opened up in the downtown Warehouse District.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to visit it before moving out of state.  That changed last weekend as I had a bit of free time Saturday and decided to head downtown to the 8 Bit Beercade, located at the corner of Water Street and State Street in beautiful downtown Peoria, IL.

I’ve been to bar/arcade joints in Denver, Colorado and Des Moines, Iowa so I was excited to see how the one located in my hometown stacked up.  Fortunately, my phone was fully charged this time so I was able to get a few pictures.  I think there was only one wall of games that I didn’t get a picture of and I forgot to take a picture of the bar and outdoor patio.  Speaking of the bar, the 8 Bit Beercade has a huge selection of craft beers...

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