Midwest Bars to Add to Your Bucket List

Photo by Emily Larson.

From retro arcade games to pet-friendly environments, you’ll love the niche atmosphere and beverages at these eclectic establishments.

Up-Down Des Moines, IA, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis, MN.

If you’re in need of a Pac-Man brawl, or want to find an environment that has something for everyone in your going out group, turn to this arcade bar. From gaming to pinball machines, the options are endless and all games only cost a quarter.

Try: Golden Road Mango Cart 16oz Draft on their large craft beer menu, and a slice of pizza for good measure.

Offshore Rooftop & Bar Chicago, IL

Talk about a Guinness World Record. This bar is a part of the nation’s largest rooftop venue on the Navy Pier. The all-season bar is a huge social scene that includes fire pits and entertainments spaces.

Try: One of the seasonal cocktails at the full-service bar.

Bar K Dog Bar Kansas City, MO

No need to feel guilty leaving your pups at home, bring them with. The fast-casual restaurant includes sandwiches, soups, salads and breakfast all day long for humans, as well as entrees and treats for dogs. Take a seat indoor or outside while your pooches make other furry friends. Beware, there are costs for the animals.

Try: Mongrel-rita (on tap) and an Arnold Pawmer while munching on black bean falafel.

Spielbound Omaha, NE

Take game night out of your living room with this boardgame café that takes it to the next level. Grab a snack, uniquely-crafted drink and a board game of choice. If you’re unsure of what to decide on, the café’s employees have their recommendations to give. Plus, you don’t need to clean up after the guests that just left your house.

Try: Grown-up butterbeer from their booze menu or a good glass of wine from their rotating bottle selections.

SafeHouse Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL

Become an agent at this spy-themed restaurant. The walls are full of pop culture content and spy paraphernalia. Enjoy a beverage while touring the spy sanctuary to see all the artifacts. Remember, the best visitors leave with a souvenir.

Try: The Great Spytini with a Mission Impossible burger.

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