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12 Reviews
Reviews: 12
Visits: 32
Avg: 4.03
pDev: n/a
Taps: 25
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

1114 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-4118
United States
phone: (215) 634-4400

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barcadephilly

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Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
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3.79/5  rDev -6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

---- A little re-reviewing of Barcade----

Now that I live in Philadelphia, I stop by Barcade often enough to like it. I go during the week and it is never crowded. In fact, it is almost always incredibly empty when I visit. The tap list usually has something interesting/rare, and I like chilling there for a bit.

I was there for their 3rd Anniversary Party and the beer lineup was absolutely insane.

Bartenders have that hipster attitude, but whatever, fuck them.


The wife and I left Johnny Brenda’s earlier than expected and heading back to the car, I spotted a big “BARCADE” sign. We had had enough beers and bar visits on us that day but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

I had recently visited and reviewed Barcade Brooklyn and loved the space and how chill and empty it was. It was hipster but quiet. The Philadelphia version was, at least on a Saturday night, a totally different story. It was so immensely packed we could barely move around. Lucky for me I made my way to the bar (which is right across from the main entrance) and managed to order two beers, a Wookey Jack for the wife and a Sixpoint Bolshoi for me. 13 dollars for both, not too bad. The menu is written on chalkboard and straddles a good amount of wall space so forget about reading it all on a packed night.

I didn’t see any of the arcade games that made Barcade famous… but let me tell you, we hung outside at a cobblestoned patio by the entrance and it was rather lovely. The bouncer was pissed, folks were pissed in the British sense and the clientele struck me as douchey.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

an ode to retro gaming and craft beer. Half the space dedicated to old arcade games, half a heavy wood bar. Hefty tap list, lots of top notch beers offered. Some pub grub and light fare also available.

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3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Following visits to Yards and Kraftworks, respectively, I finished the day with a trip to this recent addition to the Fishtown scene. Located a few steps south of the Frankford/Girard intersection, Barcade is situated in a well-worn brick structure that was probably a warehouse - or something industrial. Today it is a dimly lit venue with a long bar extending from the entrance to the rear, where there is plenty of space for drinking, eating, socializing and, yes, playing the arcade games lining the rear wall. It was rather crowded and difficult to move about ....

Perusing the chalkboard above the bar, you immediately notice that Barcade offers 25 well selected, oft-rotating drafts, which included: Duck Rabbit Imperial Stout, Victory Fall Bockwards, Founders Backwoods Bastard and something called Gorilla Warfare. Service was okay with the bartender rather lax on the all-important Water Test. Note: Bring your ID.

Food was tasty, but served in small portions. This was fine as the Cuban Breakfast Sandwich I had at Kraftwork (See Reveiw) was still warming my belly. As noted above, Barcade can be included in your Fishtown crawl with the above-mentioned places - along with Frankford Hall, a German biergarten, and Fette Sau, both of which are a few blocks north of Girard. Barcade was a decent place. It is accessible to SEPTA via the Trolley and Bus.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We headed into Philly for a show and decided to get some lunch and a beer or 3 in a nearby establishment. I looked up a multitude of tap lists and locations and decided I just wanted somewhere within walking distance so ended up at Barcade.

The place is comfortable and was easy to find with a long bar and a patio area/bike parking for smokers. The simplicity is what I like -a couple arcade videogames in the bar area and they have spirits/wine for those who don't like beer. The food was served quick and it was delicious a beer and sandwich with chips and a pickle for 10 bucks-pretty reasonable. I ordered the Turkey special with goat cheese and roasted peppers and my wife got a cuban both panini style. Overall we had fun and I was able to try or 5 quality beers I haven't had before so I left happy.

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3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great variety of regional beers. Several from Sixpoint, Victory, Bavarian, Dock St., Manyunk, Round guys, Roy Pitz, sly Fox, Troegs, and Weyerbacher. I counted 24 taps plus cask (Victory Ranch R IPA).

Big roomy L-shaped place. The end with the bar towards the street is quieter with no speakers. This is truly a neighborhood experience, assuming your neighborhood is slowly coming back from being depopulated and bombed out. But it's close to the elevated train station and not actually as scary as three-fourths of old Philly.

A little patch of dirt by the side entry for smoking and another smoke-free zone by the graffitied truck trailer. This is the new post-industrial landscape. Barcade is the vanguard, surrounded by boarded-up factory buildings.

About 40 arcade video games are the main attraction, plus music from First Wave to trash thrash. NIcely arranged bar area with an assortment of surplus institutional chairs. Decor is partly cleaned brick with woodwork distressed by the industrial past. Food ranges from pickled hop shoots to orange-thyme tofu sandwich. Overall, a memorable joint and it's on my list next trip to Philadelphia.

[Notes transcribed from 28 May 2012 visit]

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Barcade in Philadelphia, PA
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