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Bar, Eatery

388 Union Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3429
United States

(718) 302-6464 | map
barcadebrooklyn.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.28
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
153
pDev:
8.64%
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Reviews by SiepJones:
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SiepJones from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

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.

Feb 20, 2010
More User Reviews:
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cratez from Canada

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

What I had: Carton Something Like Sandy and Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series Graetzer on tap, Cape Ann Fisherman’s Pick Ale on cask, sample of Port Jeff Fresh Hop Ale, a few white wines for my girl, beer nuts to snack on.
What I liked: Dark and dingy vibe works well with the arcade theme, lots of schwag available, very good style variation on the draught list, friendly bartender made great recos and was happy to provide samples, had a fun time blasting away outlaws while quaffing our drinks, prices are reasonable for the area.
What I disliked: Like many NYC bars they don’t serve food, but we snagged some pizza slices nearby so it wasn’t that big of a deal.
Would I go back? Yes. This was the best bar that we visited in Brooklyn. Worth a crawl whether you’re a beer geek, gamer, or both.
Overall Rating: 84

Jan 29, 2020
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jguzman718 from New York

4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25

finally beat Final Fight there after 25 years or so

Dec 21, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Apr 17, 2018
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heymikew from California

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

Oct 27, 2017
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paulish from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 01, 2017
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rjp217 from Massachusetts

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

Jan 24, 2017
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smithj4 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Jul 14, 2016
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elamb106 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

May 11, 2016
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orangesol from Pennsylvania

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

Jan 11, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Dec 30, 2015
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NeoClassicist from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75

Came here once just for the video games. Just as well, because in my hour and a half I don't think I spoke to anyone who worked here.

The video games are worth a separate review, but they're the real draw.

Glancing up occasionally at the beer list it seemed great, lots of weird, offbeat choices. Too bad I never got the inclination to approach what seemed like chilly staff.

I'd go back here if I was with a group.

Oct 19, 2015
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lauad from New York

2.93/5  rDev -31.5%
vibe: 2.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

Sep 28, 2015
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mltobin from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Apr 17, 2015
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slasich from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Apr 14, 2015
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Spreetaper from New York

4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Feb 27, 2015
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benzalman from California

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Feb 17, 2015
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TheHip-HopMobBarley from New York

5/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Feb 13, 2015
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ChipChaight from New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Jan 25, 2015
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Zekenyce from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Jan 16, 2015
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MichaelLamb from New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Dec 23, 2014
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pjkelley82 from New York

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Dec 04, 2014
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pjs234 from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Oct 29, 2014
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HaoleToYou from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -6.5%

Oct 10, 2014
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Srkolodn from New York

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Oct 04, 2014
Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 153 ratings