Up-Down: the Des Moines arcade bar.

We feature more than 40 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines, three classic skee-ball alleys, Nintendo and Sega console gaming, and life-size jenga and connect four.

All games cost just 25 cents. Our drink menu includes an extensive craft beer selection with 20 beers on tap and even more bottles and cans, as well as ‘80s and ‘90s inspired cocktails.



Monday-Friday 5:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Sunday 2:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

(Must be 21+ to enter)


Phone: 515-243-4322
Have a question? Shoot us an email


500 East Locust Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Do you have skills? Stay tuned for more information on Up-Down tournaments and leagues!

Check out all upcoming events here!

Weekly Specials

  • Birthday? Get $10 in free tokens on your birthday.

  • Feeling generous? We have gift cards! Up-Down merch is also now available, including t-shirts, hoodies, and fanny packs.

  • Now introducing: CANDY INFUSIONS.  Your favorite liquor infused with your favorite candies!

  • Monday – $3 Domestic tall boys, $1 off all tap beer, free token with any drink purchase
  • Tuesday – Local Beer Night: $1 off all Iowa Beer plus three free tokens with purchase
  • Wednesday – 2 for 1 tokens all night, $3 domestic tall boys
  • Thursday – $1 off signature drinks and shots, 10 cent tokens
  • Friday – FREE PLAY FRIDAY – First 100 people get 20 free tokens (excluding monthly Coins for a Cause event), Six-Pack and A Pound: $25 for a six-pack of beer and a pound of tokens until 8pm, $20 Fireball/Candy Shot Skis (5 person), $3.50 Blanka’s Electric Lemonades, $4 Fireball all night
  • Saturday – 2 for 1 tokens from 2pm to 9pm, $20 Fireball/Candy Shot skis (5 person), $4 Fireball, Rotating Specials
  • Sunday – Six-Pack and A Pound: $25 for a six-pack of beer and a pound of tokens in an Up-Down fanny pack, $1 off all bombs, 2 for 1 tokens and $3 tall boys all day

Games High Score Competitions Are Coming Soon!


  • Classic skee-ball lanes
  • Game tables including life-size Jenga and Connect Four
  • Nintendo 64 games (rotating stock) on a giant projector screen
  • Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega console games (rotating stock)

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  • Six-Pack and A Pound

    $35 for a six-pack of beer and a pound of tokens in an Up-Down fanny pack. Get them for $25 on Sundays!


  • Double Dragon Bomb Watermelon Pucker, Dragonberry Bacardi, Red Bull
  • Finish Him Bac 151, Goldschlager, Jager
  • Slippery Banana Irish Cream, 99 Bananas
  • Sonic & Knuckles Blueberry Stoli, Blue Curacao, Lime Juice, Code Red Back
  • Hulkamaniac Lemonheads Vodka, Grenadine, Sugar Lemon
  • Pinky & The Brain Watermelon Pucker, Irish Creme, Grenadine
  • Fire Flower Bomb Fireball, Sutliff Cider
  • Dr. Wario Absolute Citron, Grape Pucker, Sour
  • Gizmo Chocolate Vodka, Creme De Cacao, Milk


  • Up-Down Left Hand Milk Stout and Radler –layered Our namesake, toss it up and drink it down
  • Princess Peach Punch Peach Schnapps, Malibu, Pineapple, Splash of Cranberry
  • Earthworm Gin Seagrams Gin, St. Germain, Stiegl Radler, Gummy Worm
  • White Rush n’ Attack Kahlua, Vanilla Vodka, Rum Chata, Milk
  • Blanka’s Electric Lemonade Apple Pucker, Citron, Lemonade
  • Cherry Lime Crisis Cherry Jolly Rancher Vodka, Lime Juice, Sprite, Lemonade
  • Mike Tyson’s Drunk Out Lemonheads Vodka, Crispin Pear Cider, Splash Code Red
  • Marge-A-Rita Jose Cuervo, Blue Curacao, Sour, Lime Juice
  • Kirby’s Dream Drink Watermelon Jolly Rancher Vodka, Pineapple, Lemonade
  • Captain America Grenadine, Lemonade, Blue Raspberry Vodka
  • Zangief Ingenioz Vodka, Ginger Beer, Lime Juice
  • Galaga (Old Fashioned) Cedar Ridge Bourbon, Sugar, Cherry Bitters, Topped with soda, Garnished with Cherry and Orange
  • Cosmo Kramer Lemonheads Vodka, Cointreau, Cranberry Juice, Lime Juice

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