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Barcade

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

133 Ratings
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
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 mcallister
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One word can describe barcade. AWESOME!!!! Being an old school video gamer and a lover of fine beer this place is a no brainer.

Barcade is a renovated warehouse turned into a bar with around 30 vintage arcade games lining the walls. Chalk boards above the wall list all beers available on draught and cask. The floors and walls are rugged and fit the place well and really make you feel comfortable. They have other chalkboard opposite the bar with high scores listed for each game.

Service was great as I happened to be in NYC for a Captain Lawrence tasting at Barcade. I contacted them via e-mail and was treated top notch, very friendly bunch.

The selection was unbelievable again I went during a Cap. Lawrence tasting. They had two un-released smoke from the oak (rum and bourbon) on cask as well as some vintage CL brews and limited bottles. The other 30 or so taps were consumed by a various selection of local and other great micros from around the country. Prices were very reasonable especially for New York city. Unfortunately a cask of Apple Brandy Liquid Gold was smashed on the way to the tasting so I didn't get too try this.

The games here are only a quarter a play and are all the classics. If I lived near this place I think I'd be drunk nightly as the games without mark up are damn fun and great drinking fare.

I will return here each visit to my sister in New York. The question is will I be going to visit my sister or will that be an excuse to visit Barcade?

Now if a good beer bar like this would open within 50 miles of Dayton.

Photo of BlitzShadow
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Bottom Line - Barcade is the Mecca of outstanding beer in the NYC Metro area!!

I worked in Brooklyn (Bed-Stuy) for about 3 years before discovering this place. As other reviewers have noted, it's practically cloaked. You can drive up and down Union and never spot it. Once you're there, you'll wonder how you ever missed it.

Before I get too caught up in the praise, let me attempt a concise break-down:

Atmosphere - Outstanding!! Where else can you enjoy exceptional beer AND play Frogger, Ms PacMan, Q*Bert, Track & Field, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Tapper, etc, etc. Play solo or compete with friends. Not a gamer? Relax at a table or chill at the bar and review your tasty beverage.

Quality - Everything Barcade does is done well. Plus, you get a great feeling of comfort and you'll never want to leave (at least not while you still have quarters in your pocket).

Service - Excellent! Very friendly staff. They respond to emails and myspace messages. Say "Hi" to Paul (star of American Beer and BC owner). He's a class act all around. Plus, you'll see his name on several of the "high scores"!

Selection - 2nd to none! As of last week they had DFH 120-min, 90-min, 60-min, Chateau Jihau, Fort, Festina Peche. Add to that Avery, Climax, Harpoon, Magic Hat, Sixpoint, Smuttynose, Victory, etc, etc. The selection rotates frequently with top-notch brews!!

Food - The beef jerky hits the spot!! Other than that, the staff will gladly offer you a menu to order a pizza delivery.

Value - $4 / beer during happy hour ($5 otherwise). This is in the hipster section of Williamsburg!! Value = EXCEPTIONAL.


I cannot praise this place enough. They are pet friendly (for friendly pets, of course), but even non-dog-lovers will hardly notice the pets that are there.

I've also grown tremendously as a beer lover during my time there. I was able to meet and personally talk about beers (and brewing) with Sam Calagione, Bill Covaleski, and Michael Jackson, to name a few.

So please don't come to BC expecting a glorified Dave and Busters. The games are great (and only $0.25), but this place is formulated around the beers... and they get it right!!

Photo of wbthink
5/5  rDev +16.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Though I have frequented Barcade for about 6 months, I realized now was the time to post a review.


Housed in a large garage space, Barcade's description might not mean "warm & cozy", when recommending it to "out of town" beer friends that have not visited it yet. But it has character! Barcade's hugh collection of vintage arcade games create an energetic and colorful light effect with an artsy off-beat flair. A large bar area with plentiful seating, large open spaces to walk, talk, and stand, a pool table, and numerous tables where intimate seating is offered. Barcade is extremely people & doggy friendly, and treat both with warm smiles.


Barcade has a large bar with 24 diverse taps of US craft beers (no imports) + a new beer engine for a special US cask, that is well cared-for. They provide an up-to-date printed beer list with well written descriptions at the bar. The beer prices are set at $5, for either a 10 oz. or 16 oz (pint) size, which depends on the cost of the beer. There are no bottled beers offered at Barcade, but they are not missed. Barcade's draft selection is a careful array of malt flavors & hop bitterness, alcohol strengths, seasonals (many imperial stouts & barleywines offered all year around), and equally representative of both East & West coast craft breweries.


Barcade has, in their short time, hosted some terrific events. Rare beer offerings from breweries such as Heavyweight, Dogfish, Allagash, and even the infamous Ballantine Burton Ales have been dispensed at Barcade. I recently participated in a West Coast strong ale event, in which 30 beers (imperials, barley wines, and old ales) were tasted. With their large open areas, big groups of beer friends can, and have, gathered easily, without being shoehorned into a corner with that occasional out of town obnoxious beer geek, that thinks being a drunken lout is cool and that insults are humorous.


Now here are the most important factors about Barcade's appeal for me. The staff at Barcade are knowledgeable, friendly, and interested. Let me explain. They have the beer knowledge, but are not pushy, showy, or ego-driven. I like their friendly welcomes, and enjoy how they treat all customers with "responsible" respect, and never display indifference to those that might not be as beer-centric. Samples are eagerly offered without any sense of being put upon. Lastly, for those of us beer geeks that enjoy a good beer banter every once in a while (OK OK, all the time!), Barcade's folks are eager to hear about a new beer, an old beer, and the latest beer offerings, from breweries far and near.


Lastly, Barcade seems to me to be the culmination of Paul & Jon, the guys that made the American Beer movie, that documented their awe inspiring 38 breweries in 40 days, coast to coast road trip. The beer passion runs deep in these guys, and also their fellow Barcade staff. May they never grow complacent, apathetic or sober!
Proost!

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
5/5  rDev +16.6%

The selection is fantastic here. I never tried the cocktails or food (do they really serve food? Maybe, but I never noticed.) But the beers are great, for a decent price. And of course the retro games and atmosphere are fun. Just beware of how crowded it gets on weekends.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

So I'm on vacation. It's the day before July 4th, and everybody's got tomorrow off. It's late, and Barcade is to be my last beer destination in NYC. I'm cranky and it's busy as hell.

The events that follow can only be described as magical. As I savor My Raison D'etre, I slowly begin to pull my head out of my ass. Fast forward 15 minutes and I'm playing Moon Patrol and enjoying a Prima Pils on draft, while Helloween's "I Want Out" blasts majestically through the impressive sound system. This is it, I realize. The quintessential geek trifecta. This is, and in all probablility will remain one of the greatest moments of my life.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Found this place thanks to a co-worker...I was visiting for my work's annual Xmas party and I found the Barcade on BA. They were celebrating their "Winter Madness" Strong Ale offerings.
It took a little bit of effort to locate this place...you have to respect a pub that is not begging for your business. I'm sure word of mouth has this place packed most nights. We arrived on a Friday at 6pm and the place was not crowded at all.
What a place...being born in 1970, I have played many of the games this place has to offer...Galaga, Tempest, Space Invaders, Centipede, etc...
This night they had Victory's Storm King on tap, as well as Dogfish's World Wide Stout...I had them both and they were real fresh.
The bartender was real enthusiastic and left no glass unfilled.
One heck of a place to hang...I'll be there again next year.

Photo of Tbone
4.86/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I live in Chicago and Blind Tiger and d.b.a in Manhattan had been my favorite NY spots before this trip, but Barcade may have just topped the list.

The area is sketchy and some in my party were mocking my choice as we approached from the other side of the street and saw nothing but a graffiti covered brick wall in the middle of a block with nothing but more of the same, but once we got inside their tune quickly changed.

Most of my companions are just as happy with Budlight, but they still loved this place for the vibe and the games.
The bartender was great, happy to give samples, and knowledgeable. The video games are a blast and cost their original 25 cents. Besides the better known 80's games they have many "B" games that people from those days will remember, like Moon Patrol, Zaxxon, Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, and the original fight game Punch Out.

They have a big binder full of take out menus you can order delivery from.

Oh yeah the beers. Close to the most impressive draught list I have seen on the East Coast. Many local micros and mostly the quality, strong, and most flavorful beers from each brewery rather than just their Pale Ale, etc.
Just some that I remember were Six Point Black Soul Porter and Diesel Sout and Benali Tiger IPA, Legacy Euphoria Strong Ale, Southampton Tripel, Allagash Tripel, Victory Prima Pils, Fisherman's Brew, Heavywieght Bier De Art Farmhouse Ale, Lagunitas Capacino Stout,
a 7.8% stout on Cask that ran out just as we got there to be replaced by Allagash Dubbel, and many more. What's amazing is that looking at the website, their beer list was even more impessive a week before we got there.

The prices were very reasonable, the serving temps were perfect, and none of the 8 or so beers I tried had any condition problems.

Given that Barcade in blocks from both Mugs and Sputen Duevel anyone in the NYC area who loves beer would be a fool to miss it.

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 Jammer42
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Simply the best! I pass it every day on my way home from work.

They have an awesome frequently rotating list of American beers and arcade games (dont rotate as much.) Atmosphere is great in the afternoon when its not to crowded and you can bring dogs. Weekend nights can get busy but still a great time. They have tons of great beer events like vintage night! Happy hours on Sat. and Sun too.

They have a chalkboard that lists hi-scores for the games and let me tell you they are ridiculous. I thought I was good at Tapper, Galaga, and Marble Madness but not even close to whats on the board. I hear the guy that has the Tapper record was playing for 7 hours!

I only wish they had a few newer arcade games like x-men. Also, if they brought in pinball and foosball I would never leave.

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

A truely unique and fantastic establishment hiding in Brooklyn. The furnishings are not extravagant or even very comfortable, but this place has a great atmosphere, great staff, and a fantastic beer selection.

The atmosphere consists of a bar with about 20 seats on the right side of a large room, a row of vintage arcade games on the left wall, a couple more nestled near the bathrooms on the right, and a small seating area in the back. A lot of bare cement and rough wood make up the bulk of the decor.

The staff is very knowledgable, helpful and friendly, offering sample after sample to help customers with the beer. I also went when the bar was a little busier, but the staff was still very quick and efficient, not leaving you stranded at one end of the bar for too long.

The beer selection was all American Micros. A great assortment of many styles and brewers, many from the East Coast or more local to the Brooklyn area. I don't remember the last time it was so hard for me to select a pint at a bar.
The prices were $5 a serving, not bad by any means for the quality of the beer you get here (the bigger beers were 10 oz. serving. If you go to Brooklyn, go to Barcade.

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 rem5
4.8/5  rDev +11.9%
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:

Cask:
Chelsea Hoppy Holidays

Draft:
Allagash Musette
Anchor Our Special Ale (2003)
Bell's Double Cream Stout
Climax Barley Wine 2006
Climax ESB
Doc's Draft Cider
Dogfish Head Au Courant 2004
Dogfish Head Olde School Barley Wine
Fisherman's Brew
Fisherman's Navigator
General Lafayette Chocolate Thunder Porter
Harpoon UFO
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.

Photo of saltydog
4.78/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of tylergoov
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of BfloBrewHound
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of JoeyRamon
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The best beer bar in New York City, right in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Amazing selection, featuring TONS of local Brooklyn, Westchester, and upstate brews....Here I've tried some of the best experimental beers Brooklyn, Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence have to offer.

Plus the entire bar is lined with functional, old school VIDEO GAMES??? How can you go wrong? This place fulfills every one of my hopes, dreams, and desires.

Had my 30th birthday party here and it was a smash success with beer drinkers and non-brewheads alike. Can't recommend this place enough.

Photo of StonyB
4.72/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Barcade is currently my favorite bar. Try it for yourself, and I'll guarantee it will become one of your favorites too.

The bar is located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 2 train stops (L train) from Manhattan. Look for the large green awning that says "Foster's"...but don't look for Foster's beer inside. Only the good stuff here...

There's a small patio out front as you approach the door, a couple of chairs where you can park your butt and look at the cool bottle-cap mosaic on the wall. Walking inside, it's pretty dark, but you immediately notice the upright video game consoles that line the left side of the large warehouse-like room. More games are in the back right of the bar, and a couple more on the near right, roughly 20-25 altogether. All are vintage 80's games like Asteroids, Centipede, Galaga, etc. and are wonderfully only a quarter each...how's that for nostalgia?

The long wooden bar is on the right, and seats about 25. There's also a couple of tables with benches by the front door and in the back. No TV's or jukebox, but there's a pool table, and a nice selection of alternative rock (for lack of a better term) plays in the background. Bathrooms are on the near right, not the cleanest in the world (this is NYC, folks), but serviceable.

So you want a good beer? Barcade has about 24 taps, and all of them are devoted to quality American micros. No BMC here. You'll have to "settle" for brews from Allagash, Dogfish Head, MiddleAges, Rogue and Victory, among several others. While some taps are pretty constant - you can always get Victory Prima Pils for example, many are rotated frequently, so there's always something new and interesting to try. The beer is fresh and served, for the most part, with professionalism. I am skeptical about 1 bartender there; I won't call her out by name, but she needs to pour the correct beer and pay some more attention to her customers. The rest of the staff is excellent - friendly, helpful and accurate.

No hot food, but you can get some Damned Good Beef Jerky (not just my opinion, that's the name of it), as well as chips and nuts.

So great beer, cheap 80's video games, good music, cool atmosphere, New York City...must be a fortune for the beer, right?

Nope.

How's about $5 for a full pint? Or $5 for a 10 oz. glass of high-octane (9+% ABV) barleywine or imperial stout? You won't pay more than $5 for any of their beers - sweet.

Barcade is everything you could want in a beer bar. A sizable selection of quality beer, served by friendly bartenders in a fun and cool environment. Barcade rules.

**Stony's Biscuit** - If you don't like crowds, don't go to Barcade after 10 pm, especially on Friday and Saturday. It's 3-deep at the bar then. At other times, you should have some room to stretch out and relax. Happy Hour is from 5-8pm, $1 off all beer...

Photo of KyleFrancis
4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This place is serious, do not miss out. If you are any where near Brooklyn get your ass to Barcade. One of my favorite places in the world.

They are constantly hosting special events with the most insane lineups. I've had ridiculous vintages, drank out of a pumpkin, and some of the best casks all under this amazing roof.

You cant beat the environment and arcade setting. Couldn't be easier to get to on the subway from Manhattan. You need to go go go to this place. Do not die before reliving your childhood(with a cold beer)!

Photo of shapudding
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of fdrich29
4.64/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

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

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4.59/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

a quick walk from spuyten duyvil, barcade indeed resides down an industrial sidestreet nightmare. once you pass through the squared archway, even though you're outside, you're inside. an outdoor smoking/temperature moderating area is accented nicely by a bottlecap mosaic and some benches and chairs.

inside the place is spacious and the walls are covered by 80's/early 90's video games that work (well) and only cost 25 cents. theyve got the pac/frog/asteroid classics but then some more geeky obscure ones like smash tv, ghosts & goblins, rolling thunder and rampage. the pool table is nice and off in the back, opposite a nice sitting area with booths.

the bar is visually very appealing, with a full bar below crammed, mouthwatering chalkboards below a neon-illuminated office window. the bar area ascends like a beer obelisk. the taps are hardcore us micros, including a good mix of local and obscure. some favorites during my last couple visits were weyerbacher quad, sixpoint black soul, ramstein winter wheat, and anderson valley winter. the selection loses a point or so for hogging up many taps with the blandly pedestrian climax beers as well as magic hat #9. i wonder how much #9 they sell.

the staff has always been superb here. from the owner on down, beer knowledge bleeds from these people as well as friendly attitudes and smiles. living in connecticut, i almost forgot about what buybacks are, but the crew here hasn't. the beer has always been fresh- probably sucked down 30+ beers here and never once had an off tasting one, a short fill, too cold, or wrong glassware. they're pretty busy here, too. kudos.

$5 pints of most beers, thats pretty good for nyc.

bathroom is kinda gross here. i would probably rather shit my pants than drop the kids off here. its ok for #1 though.

this place is very entertaining and despite the number of good bars in the area, i would be ok staying here for an entire night. drinking, socializing, playing games, pool, and petting people's dogs (yep, pooches are ok here). good place, hope it sticks around a while.

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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.

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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.

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