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Spring Arcade Road Trip Stop 2: Up-Down Milwaukee

After spending all day hanging out at The Garcade, Rob and I decided to grab a couple of beers at stop two of the 2022 Spring Arcade Road Trip, the arcade-bar Up-Down Milwaukee. Up-Down is a small chain of arcade bars, very similar to Barcade, with seven locations throughout the Midwest.

If you're looking for a beer, Up-Down certainly hits the spot. They have tons of beers on tap. The bar has a much younger vibe than a lot of old-school arcades, with most of its patrons seemingly in their 20s. The vibe was very friendly though, so either I look like I'm in my 20s (fingers crossed lol), or people were just very chill. The games were extremely well maintained for an arcade bar with this many machines. I don't recall seeing one game completely down and for the most part all of the ones that I played seemed to work properly other than a few sticky buttons here and there, which isn't surprising in a place where everyone is drinking beer.

The highlight of the night for me was when Rob and I were able to hop in on a bunch of epic 10-player games of Killer Queen. I've seen Killer Queen around a number of times before, but I had never had the opportunity to play it with a full roster of people. It was amazing. Complete strangers were cheering and high fiving each other during epic matches. I definitely need to play that again sometime.

Up-Down had a number of cool games that you don't see very often, from the aforementioned Killer Queen to the HUGE four-player Mario Cart screen that people were constantly playing, 6-player X-Men, a custom The Goonies Nintendo cabinet and giant Connect 4 to name a few.

Every night of the week, Up-Down has a different special. The Thursday night that we were there they were selling discounted tokens. The tokens were so cheap that Rob and I were playing pinball for literally ten cents per player. You can play a loooong time for less than twenty bucks. Of course, you'll probably buy a bunch of beers along the way, which I'm sure is the idea lol. The only food that Up-Down offered was pizza and it wasn't great, so if you're hungry, grab something to eat elsewhere before you go.

This was my first visit to one of the Up-Down locations and it was a very positive one. I absolutely would go back or hopefully visit on of the Company's other spots at some point in the future.

Here's the games list for Up-Down Milwaukee according to its website:

Arcade Games

Aliens Extermination

Area 51


Bad Dudes

Balloon Fight


Blitz 99

Bust A Move


Championship Sprint

Dig Dug

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong JR

Dr. Mario

Fix It Felix JR




Hydro Thunder (x4)

Killer Queen

Kung Fu Master

Lucky and Wild

Mortal Kombat II

Ms. Pac-Man


Off Road

4 Player Pac-Man Battle Royale


RBI Baseball

Rolling Thunder


Smash TV


Snow Bros Star


Superchexx Bubble Hockey

Tapper Tetris

TMNT: Turtles in TIme


The Goonies

The Punisher

The Simpsons

The House of The Dead

Track and Field


Virtual Fighter 3


6 Player X-Men

X-Men VS Street Fighter

Pinball Machines

Addams Family

Demolition Man

Family Guy

Ghost Busters

Game of Thrones


Medieval Madness


Terminator 2: Judgement Day

Transformers Batman: the Dark Knight

World Cup Soccer ‘94

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