Arcade bar opens in downtown Rock Hill


‘We saw them popping up all more than the country’: arcade bar opens in downtown Rock Hill

Player 1 Up arcade and bar opened Tuesday in downtown Rock Hill. The bar capabilities vintage video games, pinball machines, craft beer, cocktails and meals.

Player 1 Up arcade and bar opened Tuesday in downtown Rock Hill. The bar capabilities vintage video games, pinball machines, craft beer, cocktails and meals.

Rock Hill’s “first” 21 and older arcade bar is open on Key Street bringing the 1980s with it.

Player 1 Up has about 30 vintage video games and pinball machines, like Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Donkey Kong.

The downtown bar opened for enterprise Tuesday serving craft beer, cocktails and meals, pizza and wings. The bar describes itself on the internet as the “first and only” 21-and-older arcade bar in Rock Hill.

“Our entire theme is retro,” stated co-owner Howard Bohrer of Rock Hill. “These games go back to the ’80s, early ’90s. Some of these pinball machines go back to the ’70s. We have retro music, retro games with a modern day player.”

Co-owner Mike Bost of Rock Hill has normally enjoyed vintage video games.

“We’ve been searching for a enterprise to get into,” Bohrer stated. “And we just stated, ‘You know, why do not we open up an arcade bar with all the old games like we employed to play when we have been children?’”

While the pair, who has recognized every single other due to the fact junior higher, could agree to open an arcade bar, Bohrer stated they had difficulty choosing a name. They sooner or later agreed on Player 1 Up, Bohrer stated.

“The name came from the games,” Bohrer stated. “When you hit begin, it’ll say ‘Player one particular up. Player two up. Player 3 up.’”

Bost stated he purchased the original video game machines from a neighborhood businessman, who identified most of the old machines in a barn in Virginia.

“When video games went out, a lot of these machines got trashed,” Bost stated. “A lot of them got thrown in landfills.”

A $five cover charge at the door contains play for all the games.

Bohrer stated the owners want the bar to be a space for adults. They are thinking of adding a family members day in the future or enabling parents to rent the space for children’s parties, Bohrer stated.

“Some of these games are 30, 40 years old,” Bohrer stated. “And we would enjoy for (children) to knowledge that. But suitable now, we’re just attempting to get our feet wet.”

The owners are hoping to expand the bar in the subsequent year by tearing down a wall in the space, which will add about 1,500 square feet. Bohrer stated they will add air hockey and Foosball tables to that region.

Player 1 Up also will hold video game tournaments, corn hole tournaments and have reside concerts, Bost stated.

“We want a lot more of this down right here and to get folks down right here,” Bost stated. “That was one particular of the issues we noticed when we got down right here. We have been searching about on a Friday evening at eight O’clock, it is like, ‘Where is everyone at?’ So we hope we can support.”

Want to go?

What: Player 1 Up

Exactly where: 140 E. Key St., Rock Hill

Hours: four p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, four p.m.-two a.m. Friday, noon-two a.m. Saturday and noon-midnight Sunday.

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