By Dustin Hunke
Mix Barcade opened to the public last Thursday, October 20th, at 1427 O St. The location formerly housed the Bricktop dance club for many years before The District briefly occupied the property early this year. The barcade will be open from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m., Monday through Saturday.
The business features a wide assortment of arcade games, including the fighting games Mortal Kombat 4, the racing game Daytona USA, a Player’s Choice machine featuring an assortment of classic Nintendo Entertainment System games and many more. Most of the machines are set at 50 cents per play, with some machines costing less. In addition to their impressive selection of games, Mix Barcade has alcohol for those that choose to partake. In addition to a selection of tap beers (arriving soon) and typical bar drinks, Mix also offers two house sangrias. Mix Sangria is a “classic” wine sangria, and they also offer a white sangria called White Lightening
The owners of Mix Barcade, Jamie and Josh Root, have completely remodeled the location since The District closed in May. The renovations include the bar, taking tables and booths out for space where the arcade machines currently stand, the bathrooms and a complete overhaul of the stage and sound system in the building. The sound system was custom designed by sound engineer Bryan Ruhs, the sound engineer and facility operations manager at The Bourbon Theatre and a stage technician at UNL.
“Mix has a 15,000 watt high energy sound system with state of the art QSC audio amplifiers and Grundorf audio speakers. All custom engineered,” Ruhs said.
The Roots are also the owners and operators of The Fat Toad Pub at 1409 O St. They plan on having DJs play electronic music at Mix on Friday nights, but the focus will not be on dance music.
“We aren't focusing to be another dance bar. The DJs won't start until late at night, maybe around midnight,” Jamie said.
Mix Barcade was advertised to open during the weekend of Lincoln Calling, but, despite their best efforts, the Roots couldn't make it happen.
“Josh had an image in his head and he made it a reality. Even with him working 18-hour days he just couldn't get it done in time. We were sad it wasn't ready,” Jamie said.
Mix Barcade is still a work in progress. There are more machines to be worked on, and the Roots plan on renovating the property further.
As for the name of the establishment, Jamie Root explains, “We kept on trying to come up with some kind of description to help us give it a name. We kept on saying that we have a mix of things going on. Creating a space for a mix of different people to feel comfortable in, having a mix of things to do or to entertain. Then of course DJs relate to the term mixing. We stretched it as long as we could without selecting a name and then Randy from the liquor commission called me up and said we had to have a name by the end of the day, so we just went with Mix. Mix Barcade.”