Is the 2Up opening a rock club in the old Kitty's East space? - Reverb

Is the 2Up opening a rock club in the old Kitty’s East space?

The 2Up Arcade Bar on East Colfax in Denver may be opening a rock club in the old Kitty’s East space. Photo by Andy Cross, The Denver Post

Imagine this hypothetical East Colfax Avenue scene: You have a pocket full of quarters at the popular barcade the 2Up, and after an hour of jumping from arcade game to pinball machine, you refresh your pint glass and walk next door for a hip-hop show at the connected rock club.

Is it happening? It’s too early to say, representatives from the barcade say.

After adult entertainment shop Kitty’s East closed its doors following a drug sting earlier this week, 1Up and 2Up owner Jourdan Adler told The Denver Post he was requesting a liquor license expansion from the city of Denver.

“We just leased the premises right now and we’re awaiting our liquor license expansion,” Adler told The Post. “We hope to get bigger but we have to play by the rules … I’ve been doing this long enough to know you don’t swing a hammer until you get your liquor license.”

After hearing rumors around the city about alleged hopes to open a rock club next to the already-popular barcade, we called the 1Up this afternoon for a comment.

“We’ve signed a lease,” a representative told us. “But there are no plans for anything until we get the city and state to agree to expand the liquor license to that area.”

If the 2Up gets the OK from the city, will they add more games or a stage? Or both? We’ll let you know when we find out.

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Ricardo Baca is the founder and executive editor of Reverb, the co-founder of The UMS and an award-winning critic and editor at The Denver Post.

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