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103 Reviews
Reviews: 103
Visits: 142
Avg: 4.28
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ 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 rtepiak
3.21/5  rDev -25%
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.

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Photo of ChowHound
3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

I have to echo the previous flyer: this place is dirty, and maybe in a charming sort of a way. Glad they don't do food, because I wouldn't be chowing here. Never much for video games, I found this cavernous hall quite distracting, and will be surprised if this theme can last. Very, very dark in here. Service at the bar was prompt and helpful, and the all American draft beer list was quite limited, albeit very nice. No bottles, no imported beer. I can't give these guys a great ranking for beer selection with Sputyen Duyvil and Mugs nearby, now can I? Just not my kind of thing, but I would guess kids love it here.

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Photo of McGowan
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a Saturday night about 10pm, so keep that in mind while reading. Barcade offers a nice selection of a variety of East Coast craftbrews, at reasonable prices, at a long bar, served by friendly and attentive staff. Unfortunately, that's about the only positive thing I can say, especially with fine places like Mug's Ale House right up the street. But if you like your beer in ear-splittingly loud, standing-room only warehouses jammed with screaming twenty-somethings (highlights included a shoving match, complete with broken glasses and beer spilled all over innocent bystanders), by all means, visit Barcade.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.64/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Hipster heaven! The wife and I decided to check out Barcade, one of the few Williamsburg-area beer bars we hadn't explored yet. I was lured by Bourbon County online but they did not have it tapped at the moment. Bummer.

The joint sits in a fancified part of Bklyn with lots of new condos. The exterior belies how cavernous Barcade really is inside. Coming from Manhattan, I was quite stunned at the amount of real estate here. Took me a while to figure out that Barcade stand for bar+arcade. D'oh! The wife had fun revisiting old games from the 80's; me, I didn't know a single one.

24 taps and a cask, including 2 exclusive drafts (one was out, Sixpoint Bolshoi). Lots of Bell's beers, such as Expedition, Java and Cherry as it coincided with the arrival of the brewery in NYC. Also Allagash Red Howes, Climax Cherry Snow Plow, Stone Matt's, a couple of Sixpoint brews... quite alright but not amazing, so I went for a bourbon (Blanton's rules)

Service was classic W'burg hipster: that I-am-standing-right-in-front-of-you-not-giving-a-fuck-and -talking-to-my-friends-because-I-am-a-hipster-bartender attitude. Thank goodness for yoga or I would slap one of these tenaciously annoying, cooler-than-thou folks.

Not bad prices, great atmosphere. But other than that, I much prefer Mug's, dba, Torst and other beer bars in the area.

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Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is a great place to either go and meet people or hangout with a large group of friends. You are literally surrounded by awesome, old arcade games. This is not the place to go, just to have a beer, though. The service is slow. It's usually packed. It's a novelty kind of place, not necessarily a beer drinkers place, even though they do have a very large selection -25 beers or so.

That being said, if you go in when it isn't packed (don't go on a Thur, Fri, Sat. night meaning) you get solid service, good selection, and grab a couple of quarters and pass the time on the arcades. Or, if you like, there is a beat up old pool table in the back.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

Barcade is not your typical bar. You walk into a massivly large room. One would think that you were going into a club or something. There is a large bar with 16 taps and not a single macro brewery to be found. I have found some interesting stuff on there including Old Rasputin, quite the large Dogfish Head selection and others. They even have Dogfish Head's Blue Hen Vodka there. I was very impressed. Along the walls of this concete floored ex-warehouse are vintage arcade games. Everything from Rampage, to Ms.Pac-Man, to Donkey Kong and Pong. Every game is $0.25 per play and pool is only a dollar. The lights are low but it's always bustling there with wanna-be hipsters. Pretty young crowd, as you would expect from a video arcade bar. There's no food, but you can bring your own.

Overall a good time with some friends and a pocketfull of quarters.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2


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.

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Photo of adowney523
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is hard to find, but look for the Barcade sign on the ground in front. We walked into a cellar-like enviroment, which was unique and very cool. The bar is immediately on your rights and the main room is surrounded by 1980's video arcade games.

Beers were of good quality, but served in boring shaker pint glasses. 25 beers on tap and one cask. Many NYC locals as well as a good selection from New England.

Service was pretty good but not the quickest.

A unique place and a must for video game and beer geeks.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Final stop on a Brooklyn pub crawl.

A - A mix of gamers and craft beer drinkers with a touch of hipsters. And yet, these were all the same people. A funky out of the box concept that beckons to your youth if you grew up in the 80's.

Q - While the pours were all good, the chalkboard was a bit disorgainzied and the laminated tap list I got was a couple strikes on the first 2 things I ordered and they were out of. But glassware was correct and overall it worked out.

Ser - Made recommendations for what I should try. For a busy bar these folks were quick which was appreciated.

Sel - Great selection and plenty of options. I'm taking a little off the score as my first 2 choices were out when I ordered them. Would have made sense to update the chalkboard...

V - A little pricey because the pours on a few were 8-10oz. Now they do tell you that on their board so I wasn't surprised ahead of time. But I've seen better pricing for the same selections in Brooklyn.

A great novelty and fun to relive your childhood with beer, but I wouldn't make this a regular option if I lived close enough.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

I have visited Barcade numerous times over the years since they opened - in fact, I celebrated a birthday and my bachelor party there shortly after they first opened and have continued to visit at least once or twice each year since then... Not exactly in my neighborhood so I only visit when I'm close by (the Barcade in Jersey City is much closer for me and easier to commute to). I love the vibe - good craft beer, reasonable prices, and 1980s arcade games...lots of nostalgia factor for me here.

The beers are generally well poured into proper glassware for the style and served with an appropriate amount of head. Beers seem to turn over fairly quickly so I have never had a beer that did not taste fresh and with the number of different events they host, it changes a lot.

For the most part, the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.

One of the things I like best about the selection is that it is kept up to date on the website so I know what is going to be available when I head to Barcade - they usually have a pretty good selection across a number of different styles and I seem to always find something that I enjoy.

I have only had the chips/pretzels/jerky when I have been here so I am not going to rate the food.

Prices are reasonable.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Brooklyn Beer Bar Pilgrimage Part III

Barcade was the last stop on the Brooklyn Beer Bar crawl this Memorial Day weekend. Barcade is huge, it's massive interior feels like a warehouse. It's dimly lit in here, almost to the point where it was too much. The focus is on two things: the cool video games and the beer selection. It's truly a great concept.

As far as the video games go, they have some good stuff. Donkey Kong, Tetris, Mike Tyson's Punch Out, Ms. Pac Man, Arkanoid, Star Wars, and many more. I haven't seen these games in many years and it brought me back to my youth.

The draught selection here is really good. Things started getting a little fuzzy at this point in the evening, but some highlights included Dogfish Head Aprihop, Rogue, Long Trail and other great options. Check the website for an updated draft listing at http://www.barcadebrooklyn.com. One of the bartenders was actually one of guys in the American Beer documentary.

The feel was a little grimy and unkempt. It was pretty dark in there too. It was a struggle to see the tap handles. Service was solid and responsive. The old video games would often freeze or not play properly and that was a little frustrating. Barcade is an original beer bar with a great idea behind it. Worth checking out if in the area.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This was our first stop on a recent Bklyn/NYC crawl. True Bklyn/urban/Greenpoint feel to this joint. Grafitti, industrial, gritty, fine brew selection and eclectic bar snacks. Not sure if I'm into all the arcade games, a few more pool tables would be fine. Anyway this place is pretty dumpy, but the brew selection was impressive including one cask. Nice choices available from the typical high quality micros, Blue point, Allagash, Avery, Heavyweight, Ramstein, SHampton, Victory, DFH, and the rest. The Btender was friendly and the crowd was interesting/urban/arty etc etc, well worth a visit and only a 7 minute walk to SD

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After paying a visit to Mug's Ale House, it was time to experience Barcade. The walk there consisted of traveling thru some - ummm - unpleasant neighborhoods, but hey, this is the city we're talking about. I had a hand-drawn map of exactly where the bar was located and I still walked past it. No big sign on the outside, just a little sandwich board out front.

Upon entering, tens of vintage 80's arcade games line the walls, a pool table, a couple of wooden booth-style tables are nestled in the back right corner, and there is a very nice handmade bar on your right. There is a lot of open space in the middle of the bar, which was a refreshing escape from the typical crowded NYC bars. This was early evening on a Saturday night, and it wasn't too crowded. All arcade games are $0.25 and there is a change machine in the bar.

About 25 beers on tap, no bottles. All tap selections are American micros which was nice to see. All pints were around $5 and the 10 oz. servings of some the higher ABV beers were around the same. I ordered a DFH Indian Brown Ale and it was served in great condition.

There is also a small bench/table located outside that would be nice to sit at when the weather is warm. To me, it seems like there's a lot that could be done with this bar. There's lots of open space, but it's also nice to see it, well, open...Happy hour is every day from 5pm to 7pm, $1 off pints.

***Edit 8/20/06***
After a sub-par experience with the service, I brought the rating down a bit. It was crowded though, so I took that into consideration.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Just about everything that can be said about Barcade has already been said; and I hate repeating myself or someone else. But, I love Barcade!!! I wish there were some better games to play (what was the name of that tank game where you stood and looked into it? Or how about the staple... Defender?), but how can you beat a hard to find hole-in-the-wall (not far from pretty damned good Chinese take-out - and many others) that offers dozens of arcade games, CASK BEER!, and 24 other beers on tap?!? You can't! The service is good and the bathrooms are better than most. Give it a try, but don't order in any food that you can't eat standing up unless you were lucky enough to get a spot at the bar or a place to sit in back.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of erica
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

Went to the Barcade for the Heavyweight Brrrcade after work via an hour driving, 40 mins. on NJTransit, about 15-20 mins. on the L, and a short walk of about a block. So by the time I finally got there I was so ready for a beer. Or 4. I almost missed the place though, as they had no actual sign that I could see, only one of those chalkboard signs on the sidewalk, and I was on the other side of the street. Atmosphere was interesting, nothing fancy, dark, very high ceiling, concrete walls and floor, walls lined with arcade games which were quite popular, a few dogs running around, it was nice. Bathrooms were nice too, clean- I spent a lot of time in there towards the end of the night, I was, um, tired... (HW ice beers will do that to ya) The quality of the beers was very good, they have quite a few taps -a very good selection of micros- but not an insane amount of taps so I'm sure they sell through the beer fast enough before it goes bad. Everything I had was good anyway. Service was questionable; the bar wasn't insanely crowded, but it took me way too long to get someone's attention. I ended up leaving my corner spot and walking to the middle of the bar after waiting way too long, I think I even pushed my way in front of some people, and finally someone got to me. All in all it was a good night, good place, easy to get to once yer in the city, and I'd visit here again.

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Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of bennybrew
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Damian
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

After trying some amazing beers at Spuyten Duyvil, I decided to head down the street to Barcade for the next stop on my beer tour of Brooklyn. In true Brooklyn fashion, this place looks like a hole from the outside. Like Spuyten Duyvil, there was no sign, just a mosaic of blue tiles and a few people smoking on the front patio area. Inside, the bar was dark and spacious with a warehouse-like feel (concrete floors, thirty-foot ceilings, etc.) The crowd was a mix of college kids and Brooklyn scenesters. As for the beer, the selection was good. They had a smattering of tap offerings from American craft brewers including Brooklyn, Southampton, Allagash, Dogfish Head, Victory, etc. Nothing too unusual or out of the ordinary, but a thorough selection nonetheless. I decided to try the limited release Brooklyn Smoked Weissbock which was quite good. (When in Brooklyn...right?) After getting our beers, we headed to the back to experience what this place is also known for - their video games. There were approximately thirty or so old school video games including Pac-Man, Frogger, Centipede, Asteroids, Q*bert, etc. lining the walls in the back room. Best of all, the games only cost a quarter to play! There were also conveniently placed "drink stands" located between each game so that you could put your drink down while playing. Near the bathrooms, I noticed there were a bunch more games out of service. It seems like they must swap games out once in a while to mix things up. I would definitely head back to Barcade next time I am in Brooklyn. Between the selection, the prices and the truly unique atmosphere, this place is quite impressive.

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Photo of corby112
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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