The 1Up vintage arcade and bar now open in the former Blues on Blake space

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Updated: More photos of the 1Up have been added to the end of this post.



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About a year ago, Jourdan Adler started a quest to collect vintage games. Now he's got close to thirty original uprights, from Galaga to Pacman to Donkey Kong, and they're all from 1985 and earlier, including five to eight cocktail table-style video games.

And during the past year, Adler's been getting them restored and back to arcade condition. It's all been part of his plan to open up vintage arcade, bar and restaurant, which isn't an entirely new concept (there's Barcade in New York and Barcadia in Texas), but Adler says there's nothing like it in Denver. So he took over the former Blues on Blake space at 1925 Blake Street, which has been closed for a little over a year, and turned the space into The 1Up arcade, bar and restaurant, which opened today, softly, in order to be going full steam ahead by opening day.

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"I think the concept is going to be a breath of fresh air for downtown," Adler says. "I think it's going to be completely different that nobody's tried yet here."

Named after green mushroom in Mario Brothers, when you get the free guy -- or when player one is up at the start of a video game -- The 1Up will also have two lanes of Skee-Ball and eight pinball machines spread around the 5,400 square-foot spot, along with the arcade games. There's also display case full vintage home game consoles, like Atari 2600, Bally Astrocade, Intellivision and CalecoVision -- all made between 1977 and 1983 and in mint condition and in original boxes.

In addition to wrapping the place in video games, Adler's also blowing up and hanging some vintage fliers that were sent to arcade owners in '80s. He's also recruited Mike Ortiz and Jonathan Lamb of Like Minded Productions to style out the bathrooms with vintage arcade art and have Jason Garcia, one of the live painters with STS9, repaint the mural behind the stage area.

Adler says the 1Up will offer a full menu serve upscale twists on bar food, including a quarter pound bacon cheeseburger on a glazed donut.

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18 comments
Marshall
Marshall

A douche crowd is seemingly a prerequisite for any kind of bar these days. Probably a  reflection of the fact that 90% of people fall into the category.

At any rate, it's a great idea and I wish there was something like it closer to home.

Wes
Wes

does anyone know if the Tron game is there?  thx

Bradleykevans
Bradleykevans

I hope they have Alpine Ski and Robotron!

Ski2k1
Ski2k1

robotron was on a multi-game machine not stand alone...just left there

JohnS
JohnS

Bad service, douche crowd, and weak drinks. Even D&B does a better job.

Radler2222
Radler2222

You are the shit! I love you so much big bro!!! I'm so proud of you! You have made all of ur dreams come true and you deserve a lifetime of success!

Klyph
Klyph

I want to go to there!

Alex
Alex

Me too buddy... please do well and then relocate to a better area.

Tylerdespres
Tylerdespres

Mortal Kombat was on free play when I went. YES. and Thank you.

(also...F U, Shang Tsung)

(also...beat it after two hours or so. So.. again...F U, S T.)

Chris Lindsay
Chris Lindsay

that space is a death knell for any biz. i used to go to barcade in the BK, similar concept. it was rad.

Theresa
Theresa

Went to the "soft" opening Tues. 3/22 around 9:30pm and they were not open. There was a padlock on the gate, stacked furniture outside and stacks of cut 2x4's on the patio. We were VERY excited to check this place out and play some games but it looks like they're still a ways from opening.

Brassai222
Brassai222

Planning to attend the soft opening tonight. I really hope that this follows the model of the similar place that I have visited in Portland, OR. Games there were only 25 cents each to play and it made us want to stay all night buying drinks. My only fear is that the game prices are going to be too high and immediately turn this crowd off. Here's to hoping for good things!

RubyRawd
RubyRawd

So when is openning day?

Robert Gift
Robert Gift

Great!Haven't had my hands on a pinball since the 70's.Cheesburger on a glazed donut - don't make me throw-up. (What kind of beer goes withat?)

Pgtrades123
Pgtrades123

Way to go J!this is gonna be a winner- we'll come for the opening!!!'Peter

Jeri Howland
Jeri Howland

Go Jordan. Sounds awesome. Can't wait to get the glazed donate burger combo!

jk
jk

A "breathe" of fresh air, huh. I'm looking forward to the pinball!

Joey b
Joey b

Love the concept, hate the location.

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