OKC’s newest venue combines nostalgia with a modern flair

Up-Down, a 21-and-over nostalgia-themed bar featuring classic arcade games and regional craft beer, is opening this Friday in the Plaza District.  Guests will be greeted by over 75 classic arcade games across the two-story building, as well as pinball, skeeball, and oversized tabletop games.  The televisions on the walls of Up-Down showcase movies and other entertainment from the ‘80s and ‘90s.  This nostalgic feel is paired with modern design, beautiful patio spaces, and a full bar with over 40 craft beers on tap.

The Plaza District location marks the sixth location of this regional chain out of Des Moines, IA. According to Up-Down Managing Partner, Josh Ivey, “We have been looking to expand into Oklahoma for years, but from my first visit to OKC I knew that the Plaza District was the perfect neighborhood for us.  The eclectic and diverse neighborhood was ideal for the concept that has been described as “a bar for people who are over the traditional bar scene.”

Throughout the two years of planning the location, a great deal of effort went into designing a space that was unique to Oklahoma City.  A look around the walls of the bar will reveal famous Oklahomans, including legends from OU and OSU.  The wall of taps contains a plethora of local breweries, and a weekly special promotes local beers.

Up-Down will be giving the game- and beer-loving public their first look at the new bar on Friday, August 13th at 5pm.  The first 100 guests to arrive will receive 20 free game tokens. Occupancy of the bar will be limited, and all guests will be required to wear masks.  More information about the safety protocols can be found on our website.  More information about the grand opening event can be found on our Facebook page: Facebook.com/updownokc.