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Barcade

Not Rated.
BarcadeBarcade
BA SCORE
96
world-class

132 Ratings
Ratings: 132
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Taps: 24
Bottles: 0
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

Notes:
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(Place added by: slander)
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Photo of palma
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Barcade is where its at! Awesome beer and mad ol' school video games. I went on a friday night. It was like a zoo. So many people you could hardly relax. But the beer was awesome. They dont mess around here. Probably about twenty QUALITY domestic craft beers. No bottles or beer engine but it dont matter - the taps were awesome. Cool gimmick with the video games. There were so many people in the joint, you had to find one that wasnt being used as a wall to lean on. They have frogger, centipede, out run, dig dug, space invaders, asteroid, just to name a few. I'm definitely coming back to this place but probably during the daytime when its not as crowded. Found out that donkey kong is no longer my game.

palma, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of bennybrew
4.04/5  rDev -6%

well. i'm glad i went. one of those places i prolly have been dreaming of since i was a wee lad. like that barbie jeep i wanted. but then you get it, a 30 something 190 pound man in a pink plastic jeep is as fun as an arcade with a bunch of grand beer.

nothing wrong with the grand beer, mind you. nothing at all wrong there. don't rightly recall how many taps but i looked at the list for about 15 minutes before i could decide. the barkeep let me try a few before i got to my final choice. so service was good, too (although their dog tried to bite me, it was a very small dog though).

but there was something off putting to me about high quality beer bar inside a former garage (service station) with a bunch of vintage video games about. maybe i'm getting old.

the beer is good and if you dig asteroids this is yer joint.

bennybrew, Nov 30, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%

Barcade was my first taste of Brooklyn. I had never been to that part of NY before and took a cab to the bar to meet up with a pub crawl after a conference earlier in the day in the Bronx. It was a hell of a first impression.

Easy to miss from the street. I walked in around 7pm on a Saturday night and it was fairly quiet. The building is simple enough, a large, open space filled with the bar on the right side, vintage video games line the left side of the bar and also the back area.

The games only cost a quarter. The games on across from the bar on the left have shelves between them so you can rest your beer while you play.

And what beer they have!

I was sipping an offering from Southampton while playing Tapper...World Wide Stout (on tap) while playing Commando..Beer D'Art while playing 1943. They have an extensive selection of fine beers that rival all but a handful of the bars I've ever been to.

I was filled with pride when the bartender said Fisherman's Brew, a beer brewed in my hometown of Gloucester, MA, is one of his most popular and they go through it quite quickly. I didn't even know they had already made it down to New York. Their Winter brew, which I didn't even know they were making is on deck to be offered there.

Barcade is an amazing experience but felt vaguely like the twighlight zone. Amazing beer and '80's video games, a fantastic idea and a great thing for the good people of Brooklyn.

fdrich29, Nov 19, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%

Like, the old arcade games totally brought me back to the 80's dude. Good beer (I had the Bier d'Art on tap), bodacious tap selection but bummer on the lack of bottles. And the games. Dude! Tempest, Frogger, Centipede, 1942, Berserk, Galaxian, Zaxxon. Kind of Less-Than-Zero with the decor but still a cool vibe (if they only had Tron and Dragon's Lair they'd have scored a 5.) They also have a pool table so you can re-enact "The Color of Money". Service was good, no munchies except the jerky but it was pretty darn tasty. Sweeet...

Normally I'd think an "80's" theme would be annoying, but this place is cool, really the only 80's throwback is the games. Beware the change machine though. It makes the same sound as a 20 gauge when it spits out your quarters.

PopeJonPaul, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of Sixpoint
4.86/5  rDev +13%

What a great bar. This place is a true gem. Housed in a former garage, I give this place a 5.0 for atmosphere. Most people might find it cold and detached. But let's consider its environment... this place is camoflauged. Surrounded by industrial warehouses and auto repair shops, this place is true to form.

Lining the perimeter of the walls are vintage arcade games, about 20 or so in all. And the greatest thing is they're all only 25 cents to play.

There is a plethora of great brew. Almost all of the taps are domestic, and I think the only import was Guiness. They have some true rarities as well... Fisherman's Ale from Massachusetts for one.

Definitely a nice complement to Spuyten Duyvil, which happens to be only about 8 blocks away.

Sixpoint, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

A handful of us took in the grand opening of Barcade recently. You know, Friday nights in Crummytown ain't as quiet as they used to be. Lots to do, places to go, choices, choices...
It's like a big old garage converted into, well, a Barcade. A long "C" shaped bar seats a dozen and a half with drop spot light lanterns overhead. To the rear lies a handful of booths with candle lit paper bags. 2 dozen plus old school arcade games lining the room. A row of a dozen along the far wall, another half dozen to the rear, three here, one there, another one there, a few moreabout. I'm talking Ms. Pac Man, Asteroids, Centipede, DigDug, Frogger, Tetris, Rampage, Donkey Kong, Popeye, Phoenix, Gauntlet, Bezerk, and another dozen or so. A quarter a clip, not too shabby. I lost $4 on centipede in (like) 7 minutes. Guess what? I still suck at Frogger. High scores are listed on a blackboard overhead. There's a lone red pool table to the rear, and tunes are spun via an MP3 player.
The front of the bar is a glass wall with doors that land you in a 15' X 20' space out front with a few benches and wood stumps for dirty backsliding smokers, the likes of who's Phil name I shan't mention. It was here we were introduced to the house dalmation, Teddy.
2 dozen taps, a very nice selection of mostly local & regional micros. (Brooklyn, Six Point, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Heavyweight, Victory, Weyerbacher), regional (Magic Hat, Harpoon, Cisco, Allagash, DogFishHead), and beyond (Anchor, Flying Dog, Hair Of the Dog, Rogue, Rockies, North Coast). Regular promos, anything can happen. Their recent IPA fest found the DogFishHead 60, 90 & 120 minute IPA's on simultaneously, The Rogue promo was absolute madness and the Heavyweight Brrrcades were just wonderful. No bottles, but who needs 'em when you've got good taps? They're all lined up in a row over a stainless steel basin with a blackboard backing listing the tap selections and Xmas lighting trim. The chips, nuts and damn good jerky selections are also noted on the big board.
Barcade serves as a solid new addition to the neighborhood.

slander, Nov 15, 2004
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -7%

After a few Cask Ales at the rather excellent Festival being held at the Brazen Head, it was time to hit the newest bar in town, ala BarCade.

Not knowing where this is I would have easily walked past the place, but the crowd hanging around outside gravitated my interest and marked the covered alleyway entrance; well that and the fact that RokotGirl and djgonzalez knew where it was. Large glass doors provide an acoustic and hermetic seal from the outside World. Once beyond these, you are immediately thronged with a large open warehouse feel, high ceilings, brick walls and an industrial décor including the obligatory exposed HVAC systems and structural steel. “Olde Worlde” Arcade Games line the left hand side and back walls, a lone Pool Table resides at the back, but the important part, the Bar, sits to your right as you enter.

Once I fought my way through the assembled mass and the arguing irate Beer Geeks, I managed to grab a stool at the Bar with fellow BA Sir Rapopoda. We spied around 20 or so Taps, all dispensing on my visit, with a good range of interesting brews, including many from California I noted. For an up-to-date Beer List check out the Website. I had a “few beers” in here, and all were served in good condition, but the place has just opened right? so time will tell if this continues. The beer range is very good, but the lack of a Cask Ale and no bottled beers [as far as I could tell] means that it rates a 4.0 for now, nothing to get super worked up about but a damn good Beer Range nevertheless.

The Service was superb, I even had my bi-lingual BA assistant Sir MoonO translate many of my incredibly amusing Chechnian jokes to ease the burden on the hard working Bar Staff, including our favorite of the night, Miss Mean Mel, a hard task master but we managed to raise at least one smile if I remember rightly. The staff on the night of my visit was all great fun, and all had a fantastic sense of humor, unlike some of the Imbibers that night.

I am not so sure how long the Retro-Video game theme will last, and I suspect BarCade will have to work hard to maintain interest with many special events and beer theme nights, and it seems that this is already in the beerline.

This is a great place to meet a large group of people and waste the early hours of the morning drinking from an excellent draft beer list, as I did for a while. It’s a really cool place to hang-out and the potential for a great night here is very high in this fun-loving arcade. New Bars are always great at first aren’t they? but the question is can this one keep the interest of the notoriously fickle beer geek as well as the Arcade junkies, it could so easily loose both, but I am sure it will work hard to keep them. A return visit next year is on the cards, I guess we shall see then.

Well worth a visit, and do give my regards and love to Mean Mel if you see her.

Hey, how many Chechnian’s does it take to change a light bulb anyway?!

Last Visit: Saturday 23rd October, 2004.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of BeerMen
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

amazing beer selection at this new(as of 10/18/2004) bar in Billyburg, Brooklyn.From old stand by Micros like Brooklyn, Victory and Dogfish Head; to the less well known Climax and Fisherman's Brew, it's a nice mix of local and some not so local beers. Courteous bar staff with Video Games wall to wall. I thought it was quite different from the rest of the areos out there. Hope it stays unpretentious as much of that area has succumbed to it. I've heard they plan to do specialty nights and look forward to them. Well done, men.

BeerMen, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of bultrey
4.3/5  rDev 0%

Wow, what a great new bar. I'm holding off on giving this 5's in some categories for now, only because I'd like to visit more than once to really formulate my opinion. But as it stands, this is one of the most fun bars I've ever been to.

The first thing I thought is "I can't believe no one's thought of this before." But they've covered everything at this place. Easy enough to get to, you walk up Union St. from the G/L stop at Metropolitan, away from SD and the BQE. It's on the left a few blocks down -- a big glass-enclosed front recessed from the street shows off all the glowing lights from what waits within. The recessed area has a few little table for warmer weather and smokers, which is nice. A Centipede machine greets you on the left when you walk in,but you hardly notice it as your eyes widen upon seeing the 20 or so other classic arcade games lining the walls of the place. If you were a child of the 80's, as I was, you will drool. If you weren't, I'll bet you'll still have fun. Tapper, OutRun, Frogger, Super Mario, Donkey Kong, DK Jr., Pac-Man and Ms., Gauntlet, Arkanoid, Zaxxon, Asteroid, RoadBlasters, Tetris, Dig-Dug, Rampage, Rolling Thunder, the list goes on and on. In my mind, the only thing I wished they had was Spy Hunter. Maybe in the future.

The place is big, and I like that. Cavernous. The games line the walls, with stools to sit on and shelves between the games to put your beer down, and there's still enough space for a massive dance party. A nice pool table is the lone accoutrement adorning the middle of the room. In the back corner of the place there are a few booths and couches for folks who just want to kick back. Above the video games is a giant chalkboard with the all-time high-scores, as each machine only keeps the high scores for the day.

Now for the good part, as if that wasn't good enough. The bar on the right is very spacious, and it has a little room behind it where they keep all the kegs, presumably. My joke about the dance party may not be such a stretch, as above that room, they have what looks to be a little DJ tower or something -- maybe an office. The taps are all on the back wall, and are a beautiful sight to behold. Very nice opening selection. About 22 on tap. Just go to the website to see the full list, but I had a Heavyweight Bier D'Art, Rogue Mocha Porter, Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot, and DFH 60 Min. Via Randall! Only one or two macro choices, and interesting ones at that, like Rheingold.

Fabulous! The bartenders were friendly and quite knowledgable -- they care about the beer, and if you want to just sit at the bar and talk beer or any other topic, instead of playing games, they seem happy to do so. They also have mixed drinks and a couple of wines by the glass if you want to drag your non-beer friends out to Williamsburg for some gaming heaven.

I would say that Spuyten Duyvil, which is just around the corner, has serious competition, except for the fact that the Barcade folks were smart, and created a bar that was complementary, rather than competitive, to Spyuten. The fact that all of their beers are all American, sets it apart right away, and I think it is a good idea. If people want obscure ales from Belgian and other countries, then SD is the way to go. And Spuyten creates its own kind of fun atmosphere just from the people loving beer and chatting it up with perfect strangers. That's maybe my only worry about this place, is that it is so big, and the clientele so involved with the games, etc., that it doesn't foster spontaneous discussion, intimacy, or meeting other people. The initial clientele is, how shall I say this, pure Williamsburg. But hey, what better way to meet a person than to challenge them to a game of Donkey Kong, or to join them on a game of Gauntlet. But it is definitely great for big groups. Superb place -- get theyself to Williamsburg ASAP.

bultrey, Oct 17, 2004
Photo of twilight
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

I no longer have any excuse not to go out and have a pint. This is the third bar within home-stumbling distance to open up in Williamsburg. Oh, say it ain't so! No more excuses to NOT have fun.

So it's come to this.

I ran into Davo on the train during a freak occurence of me getting onto a random subway car in order to be closest to the exit to go buy cheese. I was reading the New Yorker and His Evilness calls my name. Immediately I change my plans and check out Barcade on the opening night. I was not sorry. Not in the least.

The bar is cavernous. I bet some guy stashed his mini plane here, or perhaps This is a drawback, though, as I feel it will be quite difficult to keep warm during the winter. But, oh, if you look up, they have a skylight. Not a glass panel, but one of those pretty/industrial type that you find at the top floor of most Williamsbur buildings. So it was nice to have that as the sun was setting on a a cloudy day in the city. There are machines all around. I know everyone is going to ask if they have PONG, but the last time I saw a machine of that was in a museum, so it's probably not going to happen. They had Ms. Pac-Man, Tetris, Tapper(!), Frogger, Asteroids, Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers, and various others I'd never heard of. I grew up with Atari 2600 and later Nintendo, so my video game curiosity basically spans Mario Brothers to Street Fighter 2. At one point Davo said, "You know, what would be great, a change machine." And then we pointed it out to him. At the inside end of the bar. Another cool thing is that they have wooden shelves inbetween the arcade games to hold your pint as you play. Slander, however, showed that one is bound to miss a few blocks of Tetris while trying to sneak in a sip or two.

Also nice is a few benches in the back as well as a sort of garden in the front with more benches set inside the space but outside the glass doors.

But you're not reading this review for the atmosphere. Not for the games. Let's get down to business. The fact that this bar has 24 taps with only a few of them stuff I wouldn't touch is telling. Allagash, Cisco's Whale's Tale, Two Rogue taps, DFH Punkin Ale!, among others. The amazing this is this. This place has either the second or Third Randall in NYC. And they had it on the first day! Imbiber even had a hop floating in his beer. How wicked cool is that! Out of the 24 taps (almost all microbrews), I'd probably have 15 or so. And I'm quite picky about my beer. The lightest beer was Rheingold. The strongest... a year old keg of the Blithering Idiot.

Barcade carries snacks: Crisps and Beer Nuts. Strange. I never thought anyone actually ate those with beer! I sort of wish they had food, but I suppose if you're drunk enough the food at Kellogs up the street will become passable.

I do find it odd that arcade games and beer go together. I wish them all the best and will definitely return with dollar bills as well as rolls of quarters.

twilight, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of Imbiber
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

Visited on the inaugural evening. A cavernous space with an industrial feeling, formerly a car garage. You could fit a double decker bus in here. The concrete-clad bar is on the right as you walk in, and lots of old arcade machines line the walls - this is the theme here. As for the beer, no bottles but 24 taps - only 2 of these macros. Incredible! Good, solid American micros such as Victory, Weyerbacher, and Heavyweight dominate strongly. American all the way through here in what is probably NYC's most eccentric bar and one of NYC's best for microbrews.

Imbiber, Oct 15, 2004
Photo of saltydog
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%

Another excellent addition to the Williamburg neighborhood. This is a rough-hewn bar made from a garage. It has a certain rugged charm. This bar is a good match for Spuyten Duyvil, which is a five minute walk away. Where they concentrate on imports, and have a huge bottle selection, this is 100% American drafts. The choices have turned out to be way better than I expected, which unusual items such as Raison d'Etre and Bier de Art the very first night, and over time, such great beers as Avery Czar, Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws, Allagash Curieaux, Weyerbacher Heresy and Insanity and Bourbon-Barrel aged Old Salty (okay, I'm a little prejudiced there!). They have also done some very nice beer events in the last half year or so, including an amazing winter beer festival, and a spectactular Heayweight Ice-Fest. Also, they are extremely dog-friendly, and my uber-dachshund, Ludwig, always gets a great welcome when he shows up. They also have a great deal for beer geeks who want to sample as many menu items as possible for a reasonable price: during happy hour you can get a sampler, of 5 different 5-ounce beer samples for $8. When you consider that some of these beers are sold for $5 for a half pint, it's a great deal. Oh yeah...they arcade machines, hence the name. Lots and lots of arcade machines.

saltydog, Oct 15, 2004
Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
96 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.