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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

13 Reviews
Reviews: 13
Visits: 32
Avg: 4.18
pDev: n/a
Taps: 24
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

163 Newark Ave
Jersey City, New Jersey, 07302-2813
United States
phone: (201) 332-4555 | map
www.barcadejerseycity.com

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Place added by: BarcadeJC on 04-20-2011

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Reviews: 13 | Visits: 32
Reviews by ummswimmin:
Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I took my day off of work to finally visit this bastion of craft beer and classic gaming. The idea of drinking excellent beer and playing the games of my youth was a guarantee for a good time. Please don't suggest Dave and Busters as an alternative. They serve BMC at DnB, and there are too many kids around during the day.

At this location there were 23 beer taps, one cider tap, and a cask hand pull. There was an excellent selection. I could have ordered anything and been happy/hoppy. I was glad to say that there wasn't any BMC's in sight. The liquor selection was pretty simple, but you really aren't on this website for hard alcohol. I like that they had hard alcohol by Rogue (nice touch).

The menu was pretty limited. Each option is pretty original. I went with a bratwurst sandwich with pretzels. But, dessert was toast with nutella and crumbled bacon. It was amazing.

They have about 30 arcade cabinets. There were all of the old favorites from the 80's to the early 90's. Every game was only one quarter. There were shelfs next to the cabinets for your beer.

I recommend visiting. I had a really good time there today.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of tasterschoice62
4.61/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This is a very cool place. Was there about two weeks ago. Place is roomy and there are plenty of game sto play. I mean it's fun to be able to move around meet new and interesting people and drink great beers. The list - all on tap- is a very interesting one. Had DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus for the first time and dug it. Did not try any food so can't vouch for that. If youre looking for a great tap list, interacting with people and the ability to move around and stay interested this is a great joint!

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I live nearby and enjoy going here whenever it's appropriate. Would I travel from Manhattan to go here?
Maybe!
I've been to the Barcade on St Marks and the one in Chelsea. While I prefer the video games in the St Marks location, I prefer visiting the Jersey city location more than the other two.
The space is big. Saturday nights and popular drinkin nights it's still sardine can room as far as customers go but usually it's pretty open.
Service runs from solid to excellent. Perhaps could be a touch friendlier at times but I'll take competent over smiley and useless anyday.
Beer! Good beer, all on tap. No bottles, no cans. All American brewed. Something like 20 different beers at any time covering a variety of styles.
The food, in my experience, is tasty, but not good value for money. If you are hungry and want your appetite sated you are going to spend a bit of money. I've always experienced good quality but have almost always felt a bit cheated. An example: the nachos were well prepared, but there wasn't much to eat. I was pretty disappointed with the$14 meat and cheese platter.
The video games are fun! Though I'm concerned that they recently converted their machines to take Barcade tokens as opposed to quarters. I forsee a price hike on the cost of said tokens.
All in all, I like drinking here. The beer is good. The music is good (to me, anyway. No jukebox; management controlled). The space can accommodate a large group of people for gatherings. I'll go here again!

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of DrStiffington
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Didn't have any food there but I dug the beer and playing old school arcade games.

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Photo of MKuryllo
3.69/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

No TVs. But tons of Arcade games. Interesting place.

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Photo of almostjay
3.75/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This was my neighborhood spot for awhile. It was always "so close" to being great. Always a good selection, and a pretty good event schedule, but the service was always mediocre and the food is only OK, holding it back a bit. Still, if this was my only option I wouldn't be unhappy.

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Photo of Zekenyce
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of jgpineda
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Matagal
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Cfeezy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Love this place! Has everything you'd want and need! Bring quarters or use the change machine :)

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Photo of Toasty
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of njdirtygardener
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Love this place. Only dont love it when its packed and hard to get to the bar.

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Photo of Roze
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of damiandev
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Bennyfromthesticks
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Rockstarpotion
5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of JimmyAloysius
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of samarthmehta87
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of szmyt
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 5

A wide variety of great beers, excellent tap rotation, with the added benefit of classic video games at 25 cents a game. Their food is unique and delicious to include an amazing Cuban sand which, grilled cheese, Nutella bacon, and a Mac and cheese sandwhich. If you can catch an event night here I highly recommend. Absolutely love it here.

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Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of tcwaugh
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Very Hipster but not too loud. My girlfriend and I are always taken care of here and the bartenders are great to talk to about beer. Very knowledgeable and really appreciate that we care about beer and are not there to just get drunk.

Good time and some cool older games if you are into that type of thing!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Paul68
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Barcade in Jersey City, NJ
92 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.