'Up Down' Finally Gets Liquor License Thanks to Community Support

July 23, 2018 - 7:41 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A future St. Louis bar owner is thanking the neighborhood for sticking by him as he trudged through a drawn out approval process.

Josh Ivey only recently got the liquor license needed to open Up Down - an arcade bar going into the Central West End. A small group of neighborhood residents fought the proposal for more than a year, saying a bar wasn't a good fit for the Central West End. Ivey was heartened when he learned many more neighbors disagreed.

“As we kept going and going and going, it seemed like people in the neighborhood were really rallying around us, and that was really encouraging” he says.

The liquor license process slowed everything down, so Ivey isn't sure if he'll be able to open by the end of the year.

Up Down will have a relaxed atmosphere with a full complement of craft beers and classic games. The old Balaban's building on Euclid is in demo mode, and a private courtyard is being built outside.