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Barcade

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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
95
world-class

110 Ratings
Ratings: 110
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.35%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

388 Union Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3429
United States
phone: (718) 302-6464

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barcadebrooklyn

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DoubleSimcoe

New York

3.64/5  rDev -15.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5 | $$

Hipster heaven! The wife and I decided to check out Barcade, one of the few Williamsburg-area beer bars we hadn't explored yet. I was lured by Bourbon County online but they did not have it tapped at the moment. Bummer.

The joint sits in a fancified part of Bklyn with lots of new condos. The exterior belies how cavernous Barcade really is inside. Coming from Manhattan, I was quite stunned at the amount of real estate here. Took me a while to figure out that Barcade stand for bar+arcade. D'oh! The wife had fun revisiting old games from the 80's; me, I didn't know a single one.

24 taps and a cask, including 2 exclusive drafts (one was out, Sixpoint Bolshoi). Lots of Bell's beers, such as Expedition, Java and Cherry as it coincided with the arrival of the brewery in NYC. Also Allagash Red Howes, Climax Cherry Snow Plow, Stone Matt's, a couple of Sixpoint brews... quite alright but not amazing, so I went for a bourbon (Blanton's rules)

Service was classic W'burg hipster: that I-am-standing-right-in-front-of-you-not-giving-a-fuck-and -talking-to-my-friends-because-I-am-a-hipster-bartender attitude. Thank goodness for yoga or I would slap one of these tenaciously annoying, cooler-than-thou folks.

Not bad prices, great atmosphere. But other than that, I much prefer Mug's, dba, Torst and other beer bars in the area.

02-21-2014 06:04:18 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$

I have visited Barcade numerous times over the years since they opened - in fact, I celebrated a birthday and my bachelor party there shortly after they first opened and have continued to visit at least once or twice each year since then... Not exactly in my neighborhood so I only visit when I'm close by (the Barcade in Jersey City is much closer for me and easier to commute to). I love the vibe - good craft beer, reasonable prices, and 1980s arcade games...lots of nostalgia factor for me here.

The beers are generally well poured into proper glassware for the style and served with an appropriate amount of head. Beers seem to turn over fairly quickly so I have never had a beer that did not taste fresh and with the number of different events they host, it changes a lot.

For the most part, the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.

One of the things I like best about the selection is that it is kept up to date on the website so I know what is going to be available when I head to Barcade - they usually have a pretty good selection across a number of different styles and I seem to always find something that I enjoy.

I have only had the chips/pretzels/jerky when I have been here so I am not going to rate the food.

Prices are reasonable.

06-13-2013 16:31:56 | More by dbrauneis
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socon67

New York

3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$

Final stop on a Brooklyn pub crawl.

A - A mix of gamers and craft beer drinkers with a touch of hipsters. And yet, these were all the same people. A funky out of the box concept that beckons to your youth if you grew up in the 80's.

Q - While the pours were all good, the chalkboard was a bit disorgainzied and the laminated tap list I got was a couple strikes on the first 2 things I ordered and they were out of. But glassware was correct and overall it worked out.

Ser - Made recommendations for what I should try. For a busy bar these folks were quick which was appreciated.

Sel - Great selection and plenty of options. I'm taking a little off the score as my first 2 choices were out when I ordered them. Would have made sense to update the chalkboard...

V - A little pricey because the pours on a few were 8-10oz. Now they do tell you that on their board so I wasn't surprised ahead of time. But I've seen better pricing for the same selections in Brooklyn.

A great novelty and fun to relive your childhood with beer, but I wouldn't make this a regular option if I lived close enough.

03-10-2013 20:02:44 | More by socon67
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vfgccp

New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

They have a great selection of rotating craft beers on tap, 24 taps in total I believe. The workers all seem to know what they're talking about and have knowledge on all the beers, and have no problem giving out tastings. They frequently have nights hosted by specific breweries where they take over the taps, for instance just recently I went for the Founders night and got my hands on CBS, Bolt Cutter, Curmudgeon's Better Half, the list goes on, even got to talk to one of the main guys from Founders about all the beers which was great. There's also, as the name implies, an array of old classic video games, including Marble Madness lining the walls, all running on quarters just like the old days. They don't serve food, but it's Brooklyn, there's good food all over. All in all it's a great place, a mix of the old and the new. I've gone here 3 or 4 times and will definitely go again.

01-08-2013 16:04:26 | More by vfgccp
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neuromancer9k

Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Best selection of craft beer I have ever seen in a public establishment. I happened to catch a happy hour (running until 8:00 PM), which meant nearly everything was available in a 10 oz pour for $5.00-$6.00 ..which may not sound cheap, but is almost stealing in the context of NYC. The service was quick and attentive, which usually isn't a given if you're a guy, and/or over 30. The drafts for the night/week are up on the to be expected blackboard, but these were also printed out and left on the bar in case you were looking for a bit of a description....a nice touch since most of the brews available were new to me.

Lots on tap and lots of classic video games from the early 80s, and at 80s prices, which is also a rarity for any place that has them. Not much in the way of food, although some chips and jerky were on hand, so eat elsewhere beforehand if you're really hungry.

Not the fanciest establishment, but excellent for what it offers. They had a couple of wines (1 red, 1 white) on-hand for my wife, who isn't much of a beer drinker. Was good to see a decent-sized crowd coming in, and most of the games were in good working order. Definitely a place I would visit again...would love see something like this closer to where I live (CT). Just leave your BMC-loving friends at home...I have to say they won't enjoy this place if they are looking for "real" beer (don't laugh too hard).

12-08-2012 16:12:42 | More by neuromancer9k
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JoeyRamon

New York

4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $

The best beer bar in New York City, right in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Amazing selection, featuring TONS of local Brooklyn, Westchester, and upstate brews....Here I've tried some of the best experimental beers Brooklyn, Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence have to offer.

Plus the entire bar is lined with functional, old school VIDEO GAMES??? How can you go wrong? This place fulfills every one of my hopes, dreams, and desires.

Had my 30th birthday party here and it was a smash success with beer drinkers and non-brewheads alike. Can't recommend this place enough.

11-18-2012 22:03:50 | More by JoeyRamon
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flexabull

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

This place is amazing.

Old warehouse type building, long and dark with a bar on the right when you walk in, and the walls are lined with about 30 vIntage stand up arcade games. I saw Q-Bert, Frogger, Robotron, Tapper, among others.

Quality of beers was very good. Saw Sixpoint, Founders, quite a few New Holland (must have had an event for their beers recently) and other fine craft offerings.

Service was prompt and friendly.

Selection was nice, about 30 quality and varied taps.

No food except some snack stuff.

Overall, a great place for beers, and if you like old video games then it's just icing on the cake. Loved this place.

09-25-2012 00:46:49 | More by flexabull
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Jammer42

Maryland

4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$

Simply the best! I pass it every day on my way home from work.

They have an awesome frequently rotating list of American beers and arcade games (dont rotate as much.) Atmosphere is great in the afternoon when its not to crowded and you can bring dogs. Weekend nights can get busy but still a great time. They have tons of great beer events like vintage night! Happy hours on Sat. and Sun too.

They have a chalkboard that lists hi-scores for the games and let me tell you they are ridiculous. I thought I was good at Tapper, Galaga, and Marble Madness but not even close to whats on the board. I hear the guy that has the Tapper record was playing for 7 hours!

I only wish they had a few newer arcade games like x-men. Also, if they brought in pinball and foosball I would never leave.

03-02-2012 04:46:44 | More by Jammer42
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brystmar

Texas

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Classic arcade games + great craft beer, what more could you want? The selection of both at Barcade Brooklyn is admirable, though only the beer list is updated regularly. :)

Gets crowded during peak times and service suffers a little when it's packed, but I avoid peak hours so it's not a big deal. Draft list is consistently solid, and tap lines appear to be cleaned regularly. Convenient location with plenty of great food choices nearby. Not to mention Spuyten Duyvil within walking distance!

You'll never hear me gripe about a trip to Barcade; I love this place.

01-25-2012 14:15:51 | More by brystmar
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infi

New York

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $

Stopped in right after Spuyten Duyvil and was was immediately amazed at the amount of old school arcade games that line the perimeter of the place. Wasn't too crowded when we arrived at around 8pm, so it wasn't too loud yet. But the dim lighting, hearing of video games and craft beer selection all gave for a great vibe. Only one bartender at first during the early evening, but she was great. Knew exactly what beer you were talking about and didn't hesitate to pour. Crazy selection here, something like 25 different taps. Was hard to choose, but ultimately ordered Sixpoint Sweet Action and Stone Old Guardian. Delicious stuff here.

You can drink your beer and play video games at the same time as there are slim tables for you to place your glass. Amazing. A geek's dream, for sure. A great place to hang out and spend some hours in. Only a few walking blocks away from Spuyten Duyvil too.

07-28-2011 19:40:34 | More by infi
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Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
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