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Barcade

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

128 Ratings
Ratings: 128
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

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(Place added by: slander)
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Photo of mcallister
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

mcallister, May 30, 2007
Photo of BlitzShadow
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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!!

BlitzShadow, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of wbthink
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

wbthink, May 08, 2005
Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

Saisons-of-the-Abyss, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

jeffjfindley, Aug 05, 2007
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 warriorsoul
4.86/5  rDev +13%

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.

warriorsoul, Feb 14, 2005
Photo of Tbone
4.86/5  rDev +13%

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.

Tbone, May 29, 2006
Photo of SiepJones
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

SiepJones, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of Jammer42
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Jammer42, Mar 02, 2012
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Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
95 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.