Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by rem5:
4.8/5 rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I came to Barcade for the winter beer night on thursday. This was my first time there. It wasnt too hard to get to, walked by it once though since there was no sign outside. I only realized it was the place when I saw the ROW of beer taps. Upon entering the establishment I was happily greeted by this nice doggy. He came up to me and licked my hand. Cute little bugger. The video games were a cool addition. Overall the atmosphere was real laid back.
On to the beer. Since this was the winter beer night there were lots of great beers on tap. I had the Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine, Pyramid Snow Cap, and the Sixpoint Express. I was impressed with the sixpoint and dogfish but the snowcap was terrible. Maybe its because its from seattle and the trip kinda killed it, or it could just be a really crappy beer. I reviewed it as well, so check my profile for more info. Other than that, the beers were served in the correct glassware, and service was quick. The bartender seemed knowledgeable and nice. I mainly went for the Sixpoint Grand Merlot Cask that was supposed to be on tap that night, however the other cask had not run out yet so I didnt get to have it. It was a little disappointing making the drive all the way out to brooklyn not to get the beer i was lookin for. The Sixpoint Express made up for it though. Damn tasty.
The following was on tap that night:
Chelsea Hoppy Holidays
Anchor Our Special Ale (2003)
Bell's Double Cream Stout
Climax Barley Wine 2006
Doc's Draft Cider
Dogfish Head Au Courant 2004
Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine
General Lafayette Chocolate Thunder Porter
Heavyweight Baltus OVS
He Brew Jewbelation 2005
He Brew Jewbelation 2006
Magic Hat #9
Pyramid Snow Cap
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Sixpoint Express 2005
Sly Fox Oreillys Irish Stout
Southampton French Country Christmas Ale
Troegs Mad Elf
Victory Prima Pils
Weyerbacher Raspberry Imperial Stout
WOW, what a great list.
12-16-2006 17:49:11 | More by rem5
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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
3.89/5 rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
I have visited Barcade numerous times over the years since they opened - in fact, I celebrated a birthday and my bachelor party there shortly after they first opened and have continued to visit at least once or twice each year since then... Not exactly in my neighborhood so I only visit when I'm close by (the Barcade in Jersey City is much closer for me and easier to commute to). I love the vibe - good craft beer, reasonable prices, and 1980s arcade games...lots of nostalgia factor for me here.
The beers are generally well poured into proper glassware for the style and served with an appropriate amount of head. Beers seem to turn over fairly quickly so I have never had a beer that did not taste fresh and with the number of different events they host, it changes a lot.
For the most part, the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.
One of the things I like best about the selection is that it is kept up to date on the website so I know what is going to be available when I head to Barcade - they usually have a pretty good selection across a number of different styles and I seem to always find something that I enjoy.
I have only had the chips/pretzels/jerky when I have been here so I am not going to rate the food.
Prices are reasonable.
06-13-2013 16:31:56 | More by dbrauneis
3.87/5 rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
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
Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.