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Top 5 Creative Startup Bars in the Midwest

Themed bars are on the rise in the U.S, and The Middle is no different. Arcades, spies, and magic can be found at these quirky locations. So suit up, gear up, and game up, because here is our top 5 list of startups that pair nostalgic games with geeky brews and cocktails.  

Operating Room Arcade – Des Moines, IA

It all started when the Operating Room Arcade began its roots in 2017. The family-owned bar and arcade started out with its pinball machine and has since grown into the tavern it is today. Visit this bar’s eclectic selection of operation decoration, arcade games and themed drinks for a night of fun!


Socials: @theordsm

Photo Credit: Operating Room

Headshots Bar & Grill – Wichita, KS

Voted Small Business of the Year by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, Headshots Bar & Grill is serving up pub food, drinks and games. For only $5, patrons have access to over 1,000 video games. But that’s not all! Level up and check out the bar’s tabletop games if you need a break from the screen time.


Socials: @HeadshotsBar

Photo Credit: Headshots Bar & Grill

SafeHouse – Milwaukee, WI

Have you ever wanted to be a spy? At Safe House, located in Milwaukee, patrons of all ages can get the full espionage experience with its secret entrances, hidden passwords, and overall vibe. We can’t share too much information (the spies might come for us), so check out for yourselves! 


Socials: @safehousemke

Photo Credit: SafeHouse

Bad Luck Bar – Detroit, MI

Looking for something more mythical and magical? Be whisked away to the world of Bad Luck Bar where you’ll be surrounded by whimsical cocktails and an ethereal atmosphere. You’ll be mesmerized!


Socials: @badluckbar

Photo Credit: Bad Luck Bar

Asgard Axe Throw and Asgard Underworld Arcade bar – Wisconsin Dells, WI

Need a break from the amusement parks of Wisconsin Dells? Come and relax at Asgard Axe Throw for a Viking themed amusement or Asgard Underworld Arcade bar for retro and new arcade games alike. 

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Socials: @asgardaxe @underworldarcadebar

Photo Credit: Asgard Ax Throw

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