Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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Reviews by shapudding:
4.64/5 rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5
Strolling down the street my crew almost walked past the entrance until I grabbed them. You walk into what seems a bit like an old warehouse -but smaller, the Blitheringidiot pointed out that it may have been an old movie theatre. We got there at a great time, just a few minutes before 7pm on a Saturday, so we got great seats at the bar and there was only about 12 customers in there at that time. Cool, beaten up old building, with a bartop that looks like poured concrete with a few thick inches of paint on-top. 2 booths in the back. I counted 27 taps with a good amount of representation from VT, MA, and OR. -I do not remember seeing any macro-representation in there, but I really didn't take my eyes too far from the huge listing on the chalkboard with such great micros. There was also Dogfish Head honey brown rum -which is outstanding! -and DFH blue hen vodka, which was damn fine too. There is a chalkboard listing the high scores and scorers for the 20 video games that line the walls. And yep, there is a change machine to get your quarters at the end of the bar. The boys freaked out for the Frogger and DigDug, there is a Ms.Pacman that is on speed, and the BI and I did some drunk driving on the one car game! There are beer holders for you next to the games- well, wood slabs between them! There is also one pool table. This is just a fun place, with a good casual atmosphere. I did not see one kid in there, which is a huge plus. You get the fun of video games, amazing beer, good tunes in the background, and none of the chaos that you have to deal with when going to a Dave and Buster's or Jillian's.
Our bartender was Jon Miller, who was great about dealing with my crew's beergeeking on the brews, my asking about -well, everything. Great friendly and attentive service. Jon even called us a cab for us (man, that was interesting!!!)
(We did not ask about food, and I did not see anything mentioned.)
This is definately one I will have to come back to!
03-20-2005 19:13:16 | More by shapudding
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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.