Just about everyone is comodifying off of the nostalgia of 80’s and 90’s kids, lately. Book series, TV sitcoms, movies, plays…you name it! This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, so long as storylines remain canonical and our beloved characters don’t disappoint… (Cursed Child, anyone?)
A hot new trend that blasts you to past rather than modifying your memories are Barcades–that’s right, Bar+Arcades; you can now drink while playing Donkey Kong–and it’s awesome.
Up–Down is barely a month old but already drawing quite a crowd with classic arcade games like Frogger, Donkey Kong, Fix-it Felix, and Tetris. For just a quarter you can flash back to your long nights in the bowling alley sipping Shirley Temples while trying to get the high score. If you want to keep the nostalgia but update your drinking preferences, Up–Down carries dozens of local craft beer choices and has armed their pinball machines with cup holders in case you need an extra hand. TVs juxtapose sports games with old Nickelodeon cartoons which only adds to the buzzing, nostalgic atmosphere.
Like many Minneapolis joints, Up–Down has a garage-door wall which lets in a welcomed breeze on cool summer evenings. The door doubles as a gateway to the patio area where friends can play giant Jenga and Connect Four for some more relaxed gaming.
Up–Down is fully equipped with ten different pinball machines with zany themes like GhostBusters, Iron Man, Star Trek and Family Guy, as well as four Skee Ball ramps if ball games are more your speed. If you stay long enough to get the munchies, grab some pizza-by-the-slice before you camp out playing Mario Kart!
For a perfect $30 date, this blogger pairs a couple beers at Up–Down with a little walk to Milkjam Creamery to end your summer evening right.
Been to Up–Down, yet? Let me know what you think of it in comments!
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