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.


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!

Up-Down Pinball Tournament first Wednesday of each month! Sign up at 6:30pm, start at 7:00pm – $5 entry + coin drop, 100% payout!

Up-Down Skee-Ball League begins Monday, April 14! Assemble your three person team and secure your spot by signing up at Up-Down!

Every Friday is Free Play Friday!  First 100 people to make a bar purchase get 10 free game tokens!

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.

  • Monday – $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 – $3.50 all signature drinks and shots
  • Friday – Free Play Friday: First 100 people through the doors get 10 free tokens, $3.50 Gamer Fuels all night
  • Saturday – 1/2 token cups from 2pm to 8pm, 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 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)

Suggest a game.

We’re listening!
What games do you want us to get?


  • 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 Fireball, Dragonberry Bacardi, Red Bull
  • Finish Him Bac 151, Goldschlager, Jager
  • Slippery Banana Irish Cream, 99 Bananas
  • Bowsers Breath Fireball, Bac 151
  • Vega’s Bomb Crown, Peach, Red Bull
  • Gold Coin Goldschlager, Woodchuck


  • Up-Down Guiness and Radler –layered Our namesake, toss it up and drink it down
  • DK’s Rootbeer Barrel Confluence Capitol Gold and Rootbeer Schnapps
  • Contreau Code Contreau Soda Lime
  • Princess Peach Punch Peach Schnapps, Malibu, Pineapple, Splash of Cranberry
  • Gamer Fuel Three Olives Dude, Code Red
  • White Rush n’ Attack Baileys, Vanilla Vodka, Milk
  • Bloody Mario Bloody Mary w/ Fireball instead of Vodka
  • Blanka’s Electric Lemonade Apple Pucker, Citron, Lemonade

Suggest a beer.

We’re listening!
What beers do you want us to get?