Scottsdale Barcade The King Opens This Friday
The owners of The King sound like they’re a lively bunch. When asked to describe the new neighborhood haunt in Scottsdale, which opens its doors this Friday, the trio of Tucker Woodbury, Charlie Levy, and Tyler Christensen engage in a breezy chatter and crack jokes while talking up the place’s laidback atmosphere filled with games, good times, and complete lack of pretension.
It’s somewhat akin to a group of friends hanging out and gabbing away over a few rounds of darts, foosball, or even skeeball or maybe just a few rounds, period which, to hear its owners talk, idemperor.com sounds like the vibe they’re aiming for at The King.
To wit: Levy, who also co owns the Crescent Ballroom and runs concert promoter Stateside Presents, mentions how The King is a kind of place where you “leave your attitude at the door and have fun.”
“It’s about coming down, having some good cheap booze, some good cheap food, playing some fun games, and having a good time,” he says.
That includes playing Street Fighter II, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, Pac Man, fake ids or any of the other video games inside The King that will give it a barcade feel, says Woodbury, as well as a couple of pinball machines. There will also be a few lo fi thrills (read: skeeball and foosball) that are similar to the sort of games you’d find at his other bar, The Little Woody in Arcadia.
“We’ve got some games like shuffleboard and darts, but we’re really gonna try to celebrate the nostalgia in the old arcade aspect with the electronic games,” he says.
Needless to say, The King’s owners hope to amp up the fun factor at the spot starting with Friday’s soft opening of the place, which makes it sort of different creature than the glitzier drinkeries and bottle service oriented clubs of Scottsdale’s entertainment district.
Christensen, who’s also a partner in The Little Woody, says that one the things that sets The King apart from other nearby night spots will be its attitude, or (more to the point) its complete lack of any.
“It’s a bar where fun is kind of the key, fake identity websites ” he says.
The good natured goofiness of The King is also present in a teaser video posted to YouTube recently, which plays up the nostalgia of arcade games, and might be included in the bar’s official motto.
“I guess the tagline we’re kicking around for The King is something like, ‘It’s all fun and games,'” Woodbury says. “That’s kind of our attitude with everything we’re doing with the bar, like with every single idea we’ve been kind of throwing at the walls and deciding to do there.”
Like, say, the chance to get cheap drinks with the flip of a coin.
“We’re thinking about having a game you can play where you can wager against the bartender and flip the quarter,” Woodbury says. “The King of Beers”) with a chaser of Crown Royal for five bucks.
It’s not the only monarch themed aspect present, as Levy and Woodbury tapped Arizona artist Joe Pagac (who’s work adorns the Hotel Congress in Tucson) to fill The King with a slew of king themed paintings.
Levy says you also might hear the “King of Pop” coming from the sound system along with other “guilty pleasure” artists and bands.
“We’re putting everything on our playlist from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Journey to Hank Williams, Jr., scannable fake id ” he says. “Anything goes.”