A few months ago, I made by first visit to Colorado. (Lovely state, by the way!) As usual when we are visiting a new area, my wife and I often do a little research to see if there are any interesting gaming locations in the area. We found an indie game store, but I wasn’t a fan of the pricing and the selection didn’t blow my mind, so I didn’t find it worth a full tour.
However, there is a great arcade bar in the heart of Denver (near Coors Field): the 1UP Bar. We initially went there on a Friday night to meet up with my sister-in-law. I have to say, I’m not a fan of busy Friday night bar scenes, but if you want to meet more ladies than usual in an arcade environment, this is your chance.
That Friday night it was quite busy and you were a bit limited on what arcade machines were actually available to simply walk up to and play. It was nice, however to have a machine like Street Fighter II (Rainbow Edition) or Mortal Kombat and have a normal person to play against (not typically the practiced fighter types – just average guys that can appreciate the game)
The food and beverages was tasty (see menu) –definitely enough to keep your belly happy while gaming and socializing.
Since we were going to be in town another day and we didn’t feel like we got to experience the whole place that well, we went back to see what it was like on a Saturday afternoon. I couldn’t have been happier with the Saturday experience. There were a handful of friendly people in there, but it was far from crowded. Just right if you ask me. It was also easier to appreciate how well the staff takes care of the place. It’s very clean and it was just a joy to look around.
They have an excellent round-up of games (see current selection). The genres are very well-balanced so you won’t easily get bored. There’s plenty of pinball if that’s your thing. As far as the games go, I can’t find much to complain about.
If my memory serves me correct, I didn’t have any significant issues with the arcade machines. There may have been one that had controls that were a bit off, but they seem to take really good care of their machines.
There were also giant Jenga tables inside and outside the bar – those were pretty popular on Friday nights – a good group activity that the ladies seemed to enjoy.
Anyway, If I lived in Denver, I could see myself visiting at least once a week. If you live nearby, you need to give it a visit.
In case you’re interested, here’s the contact info and hours for the place
1925 Blake Street,
Denver CO 80202