Barcade

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141 Ratings
Ratings: 141
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

Barcade is basically a big open room which is very dark with a large bar on the right and a bunch of classic arcade games lining the walls. Above the bar is the tap list which is usually very impressive and on the oppsite wall is a chalkboard with the video game high scores.

This place has a really cool vibe and as a lover if video games(especially classics like Mrs. Pacman, Tapper, Marble Madness, etc.) I really loved this place. The crowd seems to be a bit younger and the place is filler with hipsters. Expect a lot of beards, tight t shirts and skinny jeans. They allow dogs as well which is a nice touch.

The selection here is quite impressive and hey often have special events. I've been there for a Sixpoint event as well as a Brooklyn promo. They have about 25 taps with revolving selection of craft beers at reasonable prices.

The service at this place is puzzling. The last rime I was there thenplace was packed and it was a Friday Night. They only had one bartender which was odd but he managed to take care of everyone pretty quickly considering the crowd.

Overall, I would highly recommend this bar to anyone in or visiting the NYC/Brooklyn area.

Photo of TheDeuce
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2

Barcade...

Atmosphere-old dive bar, warehouse feel, lots of wood, bar is nice, all draft based with chips for food. Of course the machines are cool, I really like the wood panels in between the machines to rest your beer on.

Quality-nice mix of local (Sixpoint, Brooklyn, etc.) with some good travellers like Victory and Stoudt's, all beers served well. Maybe a little expensive at $6 a pint, but quality is good.

Service-bartenders are no-nonsense, but beers were served right. One did a nice job of breaking up a fight.

Selection-see above, again nice mix of local and outliers.

Food-nothing but chips and jerky, good munchies.

Value-beers are somewhat expensive, games are a quarter apiece.

One last thing, this bar had the potential to be incredible in terms of the arcade scene, but while the games are cheap the vast majority have some sort of control issue, I wish they were better about that. Reduced what could have been amazing to something that was fun once but one I probably won't seek out again.

Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This has got to be one of the coolest ideas I've come across; old-school video games and beer. A few blocks from the other great spots in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn (DBA, Mugs and Brooklyn Brewery) this place has got character and style.

Inside, much of the bar looks like a dive bar with irregular lighting, opinionated bartenders and eclectic furniture. The very idea of ordering a North Coast Old Rasputin and then playing a game of Ghosts and Goblins strikes me as awesome.

Many of the beers on the tap menu were local/regional including: Brooklyn Brewery EIPA, BSC and Brewmaster's Reserve, Kelso, Sixpoint, Cooperstown and Captain Lawrence. Other breweries represented included: Bear Republic, Long Trail, Climax and Spaten.

I could have spent hours at this place, but it was the last of our spots and so my capacity to handle a few pints was greatly compromised and I had to take it slow.

Photo of SiepJones
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This Brooklyn bar is a personal favorite of mine. For starters it was one of the first bars that pushed me over the edge from being a part time to a full time craft beer fan and drinker. This is a great place to hang out, listen to some good tune, play arcade classics and try out some great American craft beers.

Upon entering one can see this bar was converted out of an old garage/warehouse space so there is plenty of room to move around or mingle. To your right when you walk in is the bar and keg fridge. There are 25 taps (including Cask and Nitro) all American craft, no imports, no bottles. Some wine (I think maybe just a red and white offering), a full bar (liquor) and snacks for the non beer drinker or the really hungry. The walls above the bar are covered in chalkboard on which the beer is listed. Above that are some windows into the keg fridge with Anchor and Sierra Nevada neon beer lights in them.

When you sit at the bar you will find a print out detailing all the brew on tap, including description, ABV, and origin. The staff is also very friendly and helpful as I have watched them time and again help macro drinkers who have no clue what to order. At busier points during the weekend the staff may not have time for small talk but seeing them move quickly around the bar, serving people promptly and accurately is impressive.

There is no television in this bar (I am not counting the unplugged Zenith in the corner) but the walls are lined all the way around with classic arcade games. It's a quarter to play any game and there is a quarter dispenser on the end of the bar so don't worry about loading up beforehand. You can find me frequenting a few favorites: Tapper, Dig Dug, Frogger, Mrs. Pacman, and Contra. Keep in mind when its crowded certain games are harder to get to so you will have to wait your turn. The music is generally pretty good (classic rock, 80's, punk, post punk, alternative, etc. etc.) although most of it I can't identify.

This place won't crush your wallet as all video games are a quarter, the beers are $5 and $6 and there is a great variety as the tap list changes quite often (especially during the weekends). They also have $1 off happy hour every day, and keep an eye out on Thursday nights as they will have special events focusing on certain brewers.

Overall this is a great bar, and one I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good craft beer or video games.

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a niche place but it is a really cool place to chill. Like most places in Brooklyn it doesn't have a TV or anything to chill and watch a game, but it has plenty of games (terrible joke). There are about 20 arcade games from way back in the day before Nintendo and spent some quarters/hours playing Ms. Pac-Man, Punchout, Frogger...and oh yeah, had some g reat beer as well. Mostly local and American micros, they serve good beer and some hard to find beers on tap. Not a huge import selection and I don't think they have many (if any) bottles, but there are beers here like seasonals and limited releases that will guarantee that you'll have a few new ones to try.

Photo of 100floods
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

First time drinking outside of california, at a bar that is, also my first real east coast drinking experience.

My friend, who's from San Fran and moved to brooklyn, takes me here first thing. This place is RAD. I walk in and they're blasting Iron Maiden (the music selection kept on getting better, Pentagram, King Diamond, Niel Young, good mix). The space looks like it once might have been a old fire station or something, maybe even a auto repair shop or something. The walls are lined with old arcade games from the 80s. All the classics are there, Mr/Ms Pacman, etc. I never got around to playing the games, but I wish I had.

The beer was great. I finally had HopDevil which was amazing. My friend kept on handing me beers I've never had, which was pretty much everything. The selection was great! I wish I could remember what I had, but i had alot. The bartender was really nice too. Kinda like Stu from the Tornonado SF, but with less attitude and more hair.

Overall, great fucking place. Great vibes. If I ever go back to brooklyn, this is where I will go to drink, and hopefully get some arcade time in too.

Photo of timtim
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

stopped by for happy hour warm up before serious drinking at spuyten duvel. two bars within walking distance of each other that should knock the socks off of most beer geeks. at least east coast beer geeks. i can't think of anywhere else in the country that has two beer bars of this caliber so close to one another. well, if you need quiet, clean and unhipster, don't go. enough has already been said really i guess. cool video games from the 80s, some locally made snacks, fantastic, well thought out + a cask beer selection with some hard to finds, great staff, and great events. fun. affordable. laid back. i love this joint and think it's a must go for all hipster beer geeks.

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Went for a Southampton/Sly Fox event tonight. Was there early, fairly quiet and plenty of room. My first impression is that this bar is very... Williamsburg, I guess. Lots of open concrete space, nice bar area, a (very) few tables that are more like mini bars to sit at, lots of video games. Definitely not a place optimized for quiet, intimate conversations, which is fine. Crowd was lots of beer geeks, and lots of hipsters besides. Eh.

Quality was ok. Neither of the beers I had were as good as when I'd had them previously at other locales, but I'm not quite sure that's Barcade's fault. Beer was served fairly cold, took me a long time to warm up my RIS to proper temps. Decent glassware. Good fills.

Service was good as well. Cheery, attentive as a bartender can be I suppose, though the bar was a bit crowded.

Selection, of course, was great, but understand I'm grading it in terms of an event. Southampton RIS on tap is an epic score. Lots of nice Southampton, and I know they've also had crazy stuff at previous events - Surly, Kuhnhenn, etc.

Photo of DousedInStout
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

An amazing bar and experience. Big, open ceilings with vintage arcade games lining every wall - and still for 25 cents a play! The bar itself is long, and their tap list was phenomenal: unique and rare offerings from southampton, brooklyn, sly fox, ithaca, dfh, captain lawrence, climax, victory, rogue and many more...and a cask from troegs, which was phenomenal. The beer prices were surprisingly low - 5 bucks for most pints, 6 bucks for imperials. A place I would definitely visit again - perhaps on a weeknight to enjoy the scene more.

Photo of sholland119
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A cool place that lived up to its billing.

Vibe is good, dark and a bit less fancy than expected with a concrete floor. Lots of bar stools, some tables and tons of '80's video games for a quarter. I guess I never played Asteroids drunk when I was younger because I know I did not suck so much then. Lots of fun though.

No bottled beer but plenty of drafts. We came in one day after a Midwest promo night so I doubt the selection of Schlafly and Dark Horse, among others, is normal. But awesome for us since we have never seen them on tap before. No bottles, or food.

Service was very friendly and attentive.

HV

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

I really enjoyed this Brooklyn bar. The alcove at the entrance is covered on one wall by a mosaic of thousands of bottlecaps. Inside its a pretty large, carpeted room with high cielings. Plenty of old school arcade games line two walls. I played a bunch of them with pints of beer on the wooden shelves built in between each arcade console. Punchout went well with a pint of Hop Devil.

The beer list is expansive and decent, with an emphasis on east coast ales. Of the 20 or so taps, Victory, Dogfish, Captain Lawrence, Chelsea and Middle Ages were represented. Breweries from the rest of the country were represented but no European beers and no bottled beer was available (I think). Services was great, the two guys were friendly and efficient in dealing with the large crowd.

The arcade high score chalk board was impressive, those guys must be professionals.

This was a great time with a cool crowd, good music and enough room to spread out.

Photo of rtepiak
3.21/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

this place has a nice sized warehouse space with about 25 arcade games lining the walls. about 24 taps. all the beers are five or 6 bucks for a pint or a 10oz depending usually on alcohol contain. wonderful place to go and chat and drink for cheap. they have no bad beers really. no pabst and such. they also have no bottles. only been here once but i figure its a really wonderful place if the turn over is good on the taps. selection was widely ranged in styles and seemed somewhat seasonal. they also had a cask. chips and jerky for food. great brooklyn poor boy nerd spot.

went back here about a year later and most of the lines were rather dirty. i was a bit disappointed.

went back again and had two beers that were mis-marked as the wrong beers from the brewery. one being a fisherman's imperial pumpkin stout at 11%abv. priced to fit too. it was the plan. SAMPLE EVERYTHING BEFORE HAVING IT.

Photo of bonbini26
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

STopped in on a Friday night

Crowd is mostly 20-30 trendster/hipsers from Brooklyn, dont forget your tight jeans. Actually walked right by the place, its set back a little with a lot of graffiti out front on it, looks almost like a warehouse. They have a few benches out front for smoking, i can't remember if you were allowed to drink out there. Pretty large in side, about 20 seats at the bar, a bunch of tables/booths too. And oh yea theres about 25 old school arcade games (frogger, tetris, donkey kong, astriod, the budweiser bartending game, etc) all only costing 25 cents (dont worry about having to bring a pocket full of quarters, they have a change machine there), and complete with a drink holder on the side of them. Freakin awesome.

Pretty diverse tap list, 2 casks, no bottles (except for hard liquor, dogfish liquor btw if thats your fancy) Weyerbacher had just had an event there so there was about 6 offerings from them along with, chelesa, climax, brooklyn, southern tier, sixpoint, fishermans, victory and more. Their website is pretty up to date with the current offerings. Like to see a bar stock alot of good local stuff

As for as food there is just, peanuts, chips, and beef jerky. Barteners were quick, friendly, and knowlegable,

Overall a kickass place to hang out, play some old school video games, and kick back some good beer, easy to reach via the G or L subway too

Photo of biegaman
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

August 2008:

In Brooklyn's artsy neighborhood of Williamsburg it seems that every place you see is some combination of nifty and chic. Barcade is certainly both.

The name really does say it all; it is a large room - spacious but bare - where on one wall sits a bar and surrounding it is essentially an arcade. It is a simple concept, ingenious really.

First the beer: 25 or so taps, including a cask, that make up a selection about as good as you're likely to find at any of NYC's great beer stops. Styles varied greatly although all taps were American (what else do you really need, anyhow?) a strong concentration of which were east coast micros. No bottle list may be a minus to some, but take my word, you will have no problem 'settling' on something off tap. Also, five or six dollars a pint made this the most reasonable of all NYC beer stops.

Now the games: Every and any retro 80's vintage arcade game you ever enjoyed playing. Everything from 'Ms. Pac-Man' to 'Super Punch Out' to 'Tetris' to name only the most popular. You may even find games you forgot existed. A simple word of advice: the games get more difficult the more you drink - try to enjoy them before you really start enjoying the draught.

The Wednesday evening of our visit could hardly be considered busy and I was able to get great service from the bartender. He was very personable with an easy going attitude and excellent knowledge of the beer he served. It was apparent from our conversations that he, like me, really enjoyed the beer his bar offered and knew more than a thing or two about it. He even provided, at his insistence not mine, a few free samples.

The space inside is more than large enough to capacitate big groups and an outside patio in the front provides more room there, for when weather permits it. If you are out there, or even before entering, be sure to look closely at their bottle cap wall, it is quite cool.

This seems to be a popular spot, how could it not be? It is a combination of two awesome things and located in an awesome part of town. All the beers I wanted to drink and all the video games I wanted to play in one bar ... Only in New York!

Photo of ballewblake
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Easily one of the best values and selections I found in my NYC beer tour. This was a hot spot for sampling as many of the quality New England brews I could get my hands on over a few nights. The peeps here have a great formula down for a great theme bar, and easily top notch goes out to that. Tons of vintage 80's arcades which they seem to be attentive on keeping the condition up on. The crowd was predominately female on the nights I went (a great thing in my book) and I don't remember seeing any bad brews taking up handle lines. They did have a full bar for those with companions not interested in fine beer. Music seemed to accompany the proper vibe and feel of the place. Love this place.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The wife and I made this our second of two beer stops during an evening in Williamsburg. It's pretty much across the street from a subway stop and Williamsburg is a fun area to walk around if you stick to the main streets. I was pretty excited about a good beer bar that also had vintage video games. Better yet, the video games were still 25 cents and the pints were $5 - amazing prices for NYC. We were thee on a very busy Friday night from around 10 to midnight. The downside for me was that the control sticks on the 80's video games had lost their responsiveness and it took me a couple of games at Frogger just to get a feel for the controller. I gave up on Donkey Kong because the controller was in such bad shape. What the hell, it's only a quarter and they have shelves for your beer right next to the games. My other criticizim is the smoking lounge was right in front of the main, large, open, glass doors so the inside was noticably smokey. The beer selection was about as good of a domestic selection as you'll find in NYC. This really isn't saying much for those of us in pursuit of rare and superior beers. We had the Southhampton Double White, Dogfish Chicory Stout, and a Sierra Nevada Schwarzbier (my wife had the Sierra which I had never seen before). All of these beers are probably available East of the mississippi so I can't rave about the selection. The prices were right on at $5 a pint and it's a fun place to hang out in the hippest neighborhood in the world.

Photo of mikron1234
4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is one the best finds in NYC. It was also the only place I've been to in NYC where there was not one CA brewed beer on tap. Thank you Barcade. When I go to to NYC, i want to taste the local stuff.

Atmosphere a little too much like a dungeon, but had some nice Victory beers. Forgot to take notes, though. I can forgive myself for this, though, this was the last bar of the evening that started with Blind Tiger, Mugs, and Spuyten Duyvil.

Barcade is on the list for my next NYC beer expedition.

Photo of rgb2807
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

I love this place, this is one of my favorite spots in NYC. The beer selection is quite amazing, and the video games give me something to do rather than feeling like an alcoholic and writing notes about beer in my notebook.

The only drawback is they don't serve food (they have some snacks available) which kinda sucks but what I always do is go to alligator lounge first, because you get a free personal pizza with purchase of a beer. So Barcade is usualy the second stop.

I spend way too much money here, but the prices are reasonable for NYC. Most pours are $5, some of the higher alcohol beers and casks are $6.

Great place for taking a group, as it's big. The crowd is usually chill, but not many are there for the beer. If you want a more relaxed atmosphere go during the week where the bartenders actually have time to discuss the beers.

Photo of plaid75
4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

What can I say - a real shit hole from the street. However, wondrous things await once inside.

The interior was insane - think dark 1980s roller rink, complete with hodgepodged furniture and throwback video games - about 25 in total.

The bar itself was long and the seating consisted of a mishmash of barstools, all of which were way to short for the bar. I felt like a little kid in need of a high chair. But hey, as long as I wasn't the only one - who cares.

The draft list was extensive and featured some selections that were new to me.

Overall a good vibe.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was the last stop (thankfully) of the Philly Does New York pub crawl. Out of 15+ people who showed up for the crawl, only four of us made it to Barcade. Lightweights!

This place is pretty easy to miss. Just look for a large hallway with a street entrance. The picture above is the entrance to the hallway, and the actual front door is about 20-30 feet down the hallway.

They had about 25 taps on, and all were quality. Not a crap tap at all. As we were pretty liquored up at this point, we tried to take it easy. We ordered some pints and proceeded to play the many, many arcade games there. I've always had a thing for Ms. Pacman so I pretty much planted myself at that one.

The service was very good considering how packed the place was. The staff was very knowledgeable which was a big help.

Overall, I would have loved it if this was the first stop, as I would have truly appreciated it. But, I had a blast, and will come back here the first chance I get.

Photo of Stoneman78
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Last stop of the night found us in old school arcade heaven! We blew a ton of quarters on Gauntlet, Contra, and 1943 but there is definitely games for everyone here. There is a warehouse type feel with plenty of dank dungeon-style space (in a good way). The lone bartender was friendly and knowledgeable. The beer selection was also impressive, but they are not a huge draw for anyone not going also for the games. This would be a fun place to take a bunch of friends on a low-key night with plenty of alcohol and distractions for everyone!

Photo of bonezx86
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went on a Saturday around 5 after we left the Brooklyn brewery. Being both a video game and beer nerd i was in heaven. Our bartender was very chill, knowledgeable and on top of shit. With 24 rotating taps and a $1 off between 5-8 you cant go wrong. Although the selection was mostly east coast stuff, they did have some west coast gems like Bear Republic. Beers were about $5-6 excluding happy hour prices. Really cant beat that. While i was there i had a Smuttynose cask of their barleywine, Rouge Hop Heaven, Capt Lawrence Smoked Porter, and too my surprise and delight Baltic Thunder which they got in the day before. As for video games they about 20 including mario, out run, punch out , cubert ghost and ghouls, zaxxon, spy hunter, contra and my favorite tapper. They also had a pool table in back. Overall, a very cool place to be a kid and enjoy great beer at a reasonable price with good people

Photo of Sammy
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A classy and classic bar, in a warehouse environment, surrounded by classic videogames. Hard to find by car, you must walk the block. Full on a late Monday night, with dogs (the sign says only friendly ones), some smoking, and of course about 15 taps, all interesting with Smuttynose,Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, and other mostly local states. Freshness as turnover. It is loud! and so the bartender will acknowledge you and have a friendly smile, but this is New York and there is no in-depth relationship.

Photo of Heater
4.46/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

While boasting an always exceptional beer menu and an almost equally great selection of classic arcade games, Barcade is the kind of establishment that is appealing whether you’re drinking alone or with a group of friends. In fact, there have been times where I’ve gone to the neighborhood to meet up with friends at a different bar, but decided to drop into Barcade beforehand so as to get a little Dogfish Head Raison D’etre or Climax ESB under my belt. I’ve spent about the past couple of years visiting this place and I owe it a debt of gratitude for the amount of quality beers that it’s introduced me to.

One of the unique things about Barcade is their Beer Menu. Everyday they have 8x10 print-outs on the bar of not only the beers available, but descriptions and alcohol content of said beers. This helps greatly in figuring out what to drink, especially if you’re new to craft beers and/or have never tried any of the beers on tap. If you stop in during happy hour (5-8pm) beers are $1 off, which makes an already reasonable price almost a steal considering the quality of beer being offered. Plus, being there during happy hour gives you a better chance of having a place to sit, as they do fill up fast. And by midnight, especially on the weekends, standing room is even at a premium.

I just recently stopped in with a couple of friends on December 20th for the Winter Beer Night and found the atmosphere pleasing as always. The bartenders were more or less prompt and friendly and I even found some other patrons to be congenial, which can especially be rare in these parts. Among the beers we tried were Harpoon’s Weizenbock and Great Lakes Christmas Ale, the former being good and the later being great. We also snacked on potato chips they had available before going to our respective homes for pizza. It was a good evening all-around.

In short, Barcade is a rare gem that in certain special ways raises the bar in what to expect from your local establishment.

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A mid-December visit. This is the last of my NYC beer destination visits, after hitting Spuyten Duyvil, Blind Tiger and CB Six.

Atmosphere: The place is a wide-open warehouse, lined around the interior walls with arcade games. The bar is centrally located and is quite sizeable. The sign out front is pretty small, so you could easily miss it (as I did).l

Quality: Nice selection of beers but I didn't order enough to see diversity in glassware. The bartender was friendly.

Service: Service was fast, although the bartender did not stick around long. The place was relatively empty but he had no desire to wander the bar.

Selection: Nice tap selection, with Climax, Victory and Dogfish Head featured prominently. I settled on a cask Smuttaroni and really enjoyed it. I did not see any indication of bottles.

Value: Again, I hit the happy hour, which made prices more palatable.

Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.