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I wish I could stay here forever

So it took me a while to find this place and I was pretty confused about how to get in but this... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2017
Adeara Jean M
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Blast From The Past

Great place to grab a drink and take a trip down memory lane to play your favorite video games! We... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2017
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500 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1908
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Reviewed 20 December 2017

So it took me a while to find this place and I was pretty confused about how to get in but this place is sooo cool. They have really good arcade games, mariokart on a large screen, skeeball, and a corner that has super mario...More

Thank Adeara Jean M
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Great place to grab a drink and take a trip down memory lane to play your favorite video games! We entered from the back where the entrance was not obvious from the street, but on the other side is the more noticeable main entrance. Purchase...More

Thank briegel22
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Went here just to see what it is all about. Found a gem. Good times playing old games for a quarter each. Had a few play systems on a big screen as well. Pinball games in great working order too. Worth the visit. Oh and...More

Thank shaner51
Reviewed 19 July 2017

If you are all about the games, this is the arcade for you! No high-end, fluff nonsense- just walls (and center floors) lined with as many games as you can think of. You can also get alcoholic drinks, without the typical "bar" atmosphere. Also, if...More

Thank organicchemist
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

My husband and I stopped in on a Friday evening. Had some cold drinks, got some free tokens (first 100 people received free play) and had a great time. We ended up getting some more tokens from some folks who didn't have time to play...More

Thank JessicaLeigh615
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

We went here after a show in Des Moines on the recommendation of some friends and it was well worth it. Get drunk on pretty resonably priced drinks while reliving your childhood. It's a great concept. Also everyone is super friendly and there is cleary...More

Thank TKEIG847
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

They had about eight pinball games. We played South Park for hours! Tokens were inexpensive and quick drink service!! 5 Stars!!'

Thank Greg E
Reviewed 9 November 2016

While the irony of the place being in a basement doesn't escape me, this place is one of the more fun bars in Des Moines. Plenty of arcade games, pinball games, and board games to play as well as skeeball (when league isn't in session),...More

Thank NDomino
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Great Place! They have classic arcade games and modern. If you are downtown looking for some fun its a awesome spot to stop. It isn't real large so when a lot of people are playing games and moving around it does get a little bit...More

Thank Jack D
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Arcade bars are the best! Up-Down is in a basement, which adds to the ambiance along with American Gladiators on the TVs everywhere, and original pop art from the 80's/90's. Many of the games are a little unresponsive due to overuse, but it doesn't detract...More

Thank Eric B
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