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Barcade

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

28 Ratings
Ratings: 28
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Taps: 25
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @barcadephilly

Notes:
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(Place added by: pnkermiz on 10-09-2011)
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Reviews by mactrail:
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3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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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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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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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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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A brick, warehouse looking building from the outside. Not a whole lot to look at. Once you enter, a good sized bar greets you. Off to the right the room opens up, and you find copious amounts of arcade games lining the walls. Centrally located are some picnic tables. The setup is similar to the other locations, but this has a smarter, cleaner feel to it.

The inside is all brick with very high ceilings giving it a warehouse feel. The games contain all of the usual suspects and the tap list is always legit. This is a great place to check out periodically for something different than your typical beer bar.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
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Been to the one in Brooklyn so gave this place a try and had a great time with the wife - the server (we went on a Tuesday night and it wasn't that packed) was real cool, especially when my wife asked for a Bud Light (ugh). She recommended a pilsner for my ol' lady and she enjoyed it, and I found a nice brown ale to keep me occupied. So as for the place it's a a converted warehouse/garage type atmosphere with tons of 80s arcade games to chill with or sit around the bar and BS. Everything was nice, and perhaps my selection is lower than other reviews due to the double edged sword that I'm a little bit of a jaded snob and that I hit two other beer bars before this that had an incredible selection. Nonetheless, great place and as for the beer you will find some local or national microbrew on tap or cask that you probably haven't had before so don't worry about finding some Philly stuff and a bunch of Budweiser crap.

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Philly, on the heels of two shortys (yes, Davo is offended) at Kraftwerk and a suckling pig sandwich with broc rabe & sharp prov (is there any other way?), and hold the hots, please, at Paesano’s. And now Barcade; my first time out having missed the soft opening conflicted with a beer festival somewhere (Kennett Square?), and fuck, I’m due. I’m overdue, even. And I probs need to check in again in JC. But today...

An easy walk from where I parked out front of Johnny Brenda’s. Where is, oh wait, you can see the logo on the side of the wall halfway down the street. Enter through the little brickyard side and in. The bar seems to be a rounded “L” with a concrete top, black wood well & steel trim, wood slat/panel base, and a phat wood phoot box, seating 18 on mismatched stools, fool. The barback holds 2 dozen taps on a long row on stainless steel paneled box on center, with bottles, pics, a Tom Jones record, a toy car, and other pieces atop. Tiered booze on black wood counterings to both sides, shimmery glow rope lit. Glassware shelved below; pints and otherwise, and cupboardiness on the ends. Mounted above, a long horizontal, well, no, it’s not a blackboard, it’s more a chunk of iron or something, the taps printed there in rows of 8 each, illuminated stripped above. The quintessential board with jerky & snacks off to the left on the big brick barback wall. More brick behind me on the opposite wall with some bar counter space there. Slat wood floors and a row of drop ping pong ball lamps running over the bar.

Up front, the walls of wood plankiness, with a nearly a ½ dozen tables. The front windows barred and others frosted above, and 3 video games sitting in ‘coming soon’ mode, one of which is a mini Turbo (Paul, you are a cruel, cruel man). And down past the end of the bar, a brick arch way opens to the widened room to the rear holding a shorty piece of the bar extended through, rounding out the rounded ends; looks to seat 6 or so. All in all, seating for 2 dozen on a “C”ish shaped bar through 2 rooms.

Inner wall of brick with a large horizontal board listing high scores, exits to the outdoor space (benchings and tableage out there amidst smells of the neighborhood), on the opposite wall, with windows in between and more bar counter space. And the rear wall of corrugated foldiness, with darkened windows to nowhere and brewery neons. Concrete floorings, wood beam upright trees with crossbeams angled, and wood rafter ceilings slightly raised on center. Exposed ducts, a few spinnys, drop ping pong ball lamps, and single bulb mounts along the exterior space walls. Video games, video games, and video games along the perimeter; just shy of 3 dozen in all. And longish narrow hightop tables seating a dozen or so on each with paper bag baby bulb lighting.

So, 2 dozen taps, all of it American craft beer, no surprise there. ¾ of them local/regional (Troegs Nugget Nectar, Old Forge Celestial Blonde, Victory Old Horizontal ’09, Weyerbacher Heresy, Manayunk Monk from the Yunk, Voodoo Cowbell, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Resin & SMP, Allagash White, Harpoon Vermont Spruce Tip & Cider, Ithaca Flower Power, Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale, Cricket Hill East Coast Lager, DogFishHead World Wide Stout, Stillwater As Follows, Flying Dog Kujo Coffee Stout), and ¼ from afar (Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil’ Yellow Pils, New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Leeber Zeese Oatmeal Porter, Stone Old Guardian, Green Flash Le Freak). And Victory Hop Devil on the handpump, the handle just to the left of the tap box. I drank Stillwater As Follows, Anderson Valley Leeber Zeese, & Sixpoint SMP. Beer was clean & fresh.

The people serving were cool. Actually, they’ve been upgraded to better than all that. They do food, small stuff, snacks & sangwiches. There were a bunch that sounded really damn good but we were all Paesano’d out. Good tunes, I mean, who plays Pink Floyd’s ‘Biding my time’? (Qualifier for instant awesome). We have decided that it is a great space, and a close second place to Barcade ‘Burg. Good chill house, lucky neighborhood.

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Other than the art on the side of the building I would have no idea this place is even here. I have wanted to check out Barcade since it opened so we stopped in after brunch at Memphis Taproom.

I am pretty sure we were the first people in the place that day. Selection was pretty good, some leftovers from PBW I think. I decided to go with a Barrel Aged Siberian Night, don't see that every day. Service was good, but we were the only people there after all. We had just eaten so no food on this trip.

Once I got my beer it was time to play some games. All the games are .25 which is awesome as it allows you to play lost of them for not very much money. All of the classics are there and I had no trouble playing the ones I wanted to play.

Overall a really fun place to hang out. I am not sure if I would like this place if it was packed but on a day like this it was very enjoyable. I will return for sure.

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