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Barcade

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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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Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

It's a bar that's also an arcade. Get it? What more is there to say?

Fine. I can say a bit more. They have good prices on great beer (most beers are $6, many beers have over 90 on Beer Advocate. They've even had Bourbon County Stout on draft a few times!). I believe happy hour runs 7 days a week. Happy hour means beers are $1 cheaper. Marble Madness is a really fun game but I don't really want to promote it because I like how no one's ever playing it when I go there. It's also impossible to beat by level 4. Anyway, this place gets super crowded pretty early on Friday and Saturday nights, but during the day and during the week, it's a great, spacious place to chill out.

I come here 9 out of 10 times I'm in Williamsburg. You should too.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3/5  rDev -30.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.