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388 Union Ave
Brooklyn, New York, 11211-3429
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(718) 302-6464 | map

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Considering the ammount of hype that surrounds this Williamsburg bar it is a great credit to the people who run it that it has not bought into any of it. They consistently provide a wonderful and relaxing environment to peruse some of the best tap selections in all of new york city. Sure you are going to find the requisite hipsters that all have the beard like the dude from thecobrasnake, but they are generally all there for the beer and the games so are hardly obnoxious.

Barcade's greatest credit is not the electronic kitsch that adorns the walls in the form of some of the more obscure arcade games of yesteryear. Rather, it is the dedication to respecting beer in all its forms. In addition to having an incredible tap list, they promote very cool beer events and even spice things up with some of the spirits that microbreweries have begun to delve into.

I finally got around to writing this after attending the beers of winter on the 15th and my what can I say? Aged Dragonslayer on cask! Goose Island Imperial IPA! World Wide Stout 2004, Allagash Grand Cru. All these beers made the experience all the more enjoyable and at very fair prices considering the rarity of many of them.

Williamsburg is not my favorite part of Brooklyn, but Barcade makes it all worthwhile. Seek this out even if it only for a couple plays of 1943.

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Photo of Philby11111
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Stopped here on Friday Dec 2nd as part of a "beer trip" visit to see friends who live in NYC. Barcade has a great atmosphere and selection. 20+ quality draft beers (quality micros, Belgians, and more). Feels like an open warehouse location, dimly lit with tons of 1980's video games. Went with a group of friends who aren't as obsessed with beer as I am, but managed to find something for everyone. Didn't see if they had food available, but we weren’t looking for food and this was stop #2 of a multi stop night.

I thoroughly enjoyed this place. Unfortunately, I didn't get to spend as much time here as I wanted. I actually went to this place thinking the attraction was going to be the video games, and I was pleasantly surprised with the beer selection. I will return the next time I'm in Brooklyn, and give this place the time it deserves.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My latest trip to NYC (Nov 05) had me meeting up with my editor and publisher, Tony Forder, of Ale Street News as part of an ASN bar crawl. I was the first to arrive and I was pleasantly surprised. The entrance is recessed from the sidewalk with only a sandwich board to announce its existance. I was really impressed by the bottle cap mosaic that is still being produced along the one wall.

Upon enetering, I was struck by both the Stygian darkness as well as its similarity to (reserved for edit) in the 'Dam (Amsterdam). It is a long, wide, empty industrial-looking space with a U-shaped bar along one-third of the right wall. The left wall is domintaed by a long continuous line of arcade video games, including Donkey Kong and Centipede, both of which my younger brother mastered as a lad. Sadly, I am not much of a video game player, so I was underimpressed by their seventeen machines, but hey, that's just me. They also have a pool table for the reality-inclined set. Finally, all of the way in the back are several restaurant-style booths.

Okay, what I am is an unapologetic beer drinker. Twenty-four taps plus a cask-conditioned beer on hand pump will get my undivided attention every time. Speaking of things that get my attention in a positive way, how about exposed ducting and painted brick walls to go with the darkness. Suffice it to say that I had a very nice time. I now pack a change of underwear for these trips. I should also mention that one of the owners is Paul Kermizian, who stars in the bockumentary, "American Beer". Thanks, Tony, for introducing me in such glowng terms.

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

Barcade is the most unique and kick-ass beer bar in the area. 24 American beer on draft, no bottles, and a beer engine for cask offerings. We're talking a straight-up beer bar with excellent support for the local beer scene, which is something that I didn't see enough of during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

No real food, just chips and jerky from behind the bar, but you come to Barcade for the beer and ... video games! The bare, unfinished open-space interior is like a dank warehouse, but packed with loads of vintage arcade games that line the walls! Freagin' classic idea! 25 cents a pop. Old-school-style. They've even built make-shift wooden beer benches in-between each game so you can rest your pint of American beer while you're kicking some 80's ass!

Barcade should be at the top of you list if you're visiting the area, and make sure you ask your mom for a buck (you can get change at the bar).

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

Though I have frequented Barcade for about 6 months, I realized now was the time to post a review.

Housed in a large garage space, Barcade's description might not mean "warm & cozy", when recommending it to "out of town" beer friends that have not visited it yet. But it has character! Barcade's hugh collection of vintage arcade games create an energetic and colorful light effect with an artsy off-beat flair. A large bar area with plentiful seating, large open spaces to walk, talk, and stand, a pool table, and numerous tables where intimate seating is offered. Barcade is extremely people & doggy friendly, and treat both with warm smiles.

Barcade has a large bar with 24 diverse taps of US craft beers (no imports) + a new beer engine for a special US cask, that is well cared-for. They provide an up-to-date printed beer list with well written descriptions at the bar. The beer prices are set at $5, for either a 10 oz. or 16 oz (pint) size, which depends on the cost of the beer. There are no bottled beers offered at Barcade, but they are not missed. Barcade's draft selection is a careful array of malt flavors & hop bitterness, alcohol strengths, seasonals (many imperial stouts & barleywines offered all year around), and equally representative of both East & West coast craft breweries.

Barcade has, in their short time, hosted some terrific events. Rare beer offerings from breweries such as Heavyweight, Dogfish, Allagash, and even the infamous Ballantine Burton Ales have been dispensed at Barcade. I recently participated in a West Coast strong ale event, in which 30 beers (imperials, barley wines, and old ales) were tasted. With their large open areas, big groups of beer friends can, and have, gathered easily, without being shoehorned into a corner with that occasional out of town obnoxious beer geek, that thinks being a drunken lout is cool and that insults are humorous.

Now here are the most important factors about Barcade's appeal for me. The staff at Barcade are knowledgeable, friendly, and interested. Let me explain. They have the beer knowledge, but are not pushy, showy, or ego-driven. I like their friendly welcomes, and enjoy how they treat all customers with "responsible" respect, and never display indifference to those that might not be as beer-centric. Samples are eagerly offered without any sense of being put upon. Lastly, for those of us beer geeks that enjoy a good beer banter every once in a while (OK OK, all the time!), Barcade's folks are eager to hear about a new beer, an old beer, and the latest beer offerings, from breweries far and near.

Lastly, Barcade seems to me to be the culmination of Paul & Jon, the guys that made the American Beer movie, that documented their awe inspiring 38 breweries in 40 days, coast to coast road trip. The beer passion runs deep in these guys, and also their fellow Barcade staff. May they never grow complacent, apathetic or sober!

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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 rousee
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This was our last stop on my recent Brooklyn beerbar pub crawl and while it lacked the atmosphere of the Duyvil, it has an atmosphere in its own right that is tremendously cool.

In the photo that is shown of the outside you can see this little table area outside with a few benches. We hung out at this little outdoor area and watched it rain whilst enjoying some great beers and meeting some cool folks. They make you come inside with your drinks at 9 and we left shortly after that.

I finally got to try a Southhampton offering--the Grand Cru which is pretty highly rated on BA. I was disappointed with it as I felt it was a tad too sweet. I had some Fishermans brew which I enjoyed quite a bit and some other beer that escapes me. Ya gotta love the vintage video games for a quarter a piece. The beer prices were not as good as at Mug's but they really had the draft beers here that I was hoping to try. Another gem of a bar. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Jason
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Let's note that the area that Barcade is located is a bit shady ... I swear I heard someone scream out "Warriors come out and Play-ayyy!" before we entered. Barebones garage / warehouse look, lots of vintage video games ... awesome touch by having 2-by-4's in-between each game to rest your beer on. About 24 brewed on tap with one cider ... all are American craft, one cask within the mix. Some specials on as well; Heavyweight Cinged Hammer, Southampton Grand Cru & Blue Point Imp Stout on cask. Most were from the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

By far the most interesting concept for a beer bar I have ever seen, video games and great beer ... what else could you ask for!!!

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Photo of shapudding
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Strolling down the street my crew almost walked past the entrance until I grabbed them. You walk into what seems a bit like an old warehouse -but smaller, the Blitheringidiot pointed out that it may have been an old movie theatre. We got there at a great time, just a few minutes before 7pm on a Saturday, so we got great seats at the bar and there was only about 12 customers in there at that time. Cool, beaten up old building, with a bartop that looks like poured concrete with a few thick inches of paint on-top. 2 booths in the back. I counted 27 taps with a good amount of representation from VT, MA, and OR. -I do not remember seeing any macro-representation in there, but I really didn't take my eyes too far from the huge listing on the chalkboard with such great micros. There was also Dogfish Head honey brown rum -which is outstanding! -and DFH blue hen vodka, which was damn fine too. There is a chalkboard listing the high scores and scorers for the 20 video games that line the walls. And yep, there is a change machine to get your quarters at the end of the bar. The boys freaked out for the Frogger and DigDug, there is a Ms.Pacman that is on speed, and the BI and I did some drunk driving on the one car game! There are beer holders for you next to the games- well, wood slabs between them! There is also one pool table. This is just a fun place, with a good casual atmosphere. I did not see one kid in there, which is a huge plus. You get the fun of video games, amazing beer, good tunes in the background, and none of the chaos that you have to deal with when going to a Dave and Buster's or Jillian's.
Our bartender was Jon Miller, who was great about dealing with my crew's beergeeking on the brews, my asking about -well, everything. Great friendly and attentive service. Jon even called us a cab for us (man, that was interesting!!!)
(We did not ask about food, and I did not see anything mentioned.)
This is definately one I will have to come back to!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Atmosphere: Frogger.

On a slightly more serious note, the atmosphere here is very good. Without the arcade games, just a very empty, cavernous space. Combining good beer with old arcade games is an idea that should be ripped off by some proprietor in every town in America.

Our server was great. Giving us directions and tastes of some DFH liquors behind the counter. A DFH martini was on the menu, which was nice to see. He also called a cab for us. Went above and beyond and was friendly.

The selection was very good. It had Rogue, DFH, Blue Point, the new Southampton Russian Imperial Stout, Heavyweight Biere de Garde, Weyerbacher, Climax ESB, something from Harpoon, Victory Hop Devil and more. That's a very nice selection from the Philadelphia to Boston area.

No food, but it looks like they let you bring food in, so that's a bonus.

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

This is a nice, nrewer bar in Billyburg. It's in a nice spot on Union avenue, and it is pretty easy to find and only a few blocks from the nearest train station (L-Lorimer, or G-Metropolitan). The atmosphere is neat with a good warehouse/loft vibe going on, and the whole arcade game thing as well. The quality of the beers here is top notch, and the selection is amazing. 20+ excellent draughts with stuff from SPH, and other master-class brewers. I was here for a special Heavyweight ice beer event, and all 5 of the heavyweight beers on that night were unbelievable. I hope that they will continue doing events like this again. This is a real drinking establishment, with no food available, but there are some good options in the neighberhood, and hey Spuyten Duyvil is just a few blocks away as well. A choice beer bar in NYC. Fo Shizzle.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Found this place thanks to a co-worker...I was visiting for my work's annual Xmas party and I found the Barcade on BA. They were celebrating their "Winter Madness" Strong Ale offerings.
It took a little bit of effort to locate this place...you have to respect a pub that is not begging for your business. I'm sure word of mouth has this place packed most nights. We arrived on a Friday at 6pm and the place was not crowded at all.
What a place...being born in 1970, I have played many of the games this place has to offer...Galaga, Tempest, Space Invaders, Centipede, etc...
This night they had Victory's Storm King on tap, as well as Dogfish's World Wide Stout...I had them both and they were real fresh.
The bartender was real enthusiastic and left no glass unfilled.
One heck of a place to hang...I'll be there again next year.

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Photo of PudTinkler
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The most welcome addition to any city's beer scene since....well...you may have to go back to Sumerian times. For those of us who are former arcade-geeks, this is nirvana. Beer and video games. Not the beer that you convinced your Uncle Fred to buy for you either. This is top quality stuff. I may have imagined this, but it seemed like a majority of their taps were higher-alcohol stuff too.

I actually like the set up...there is lots of open space and that's a GOOD thing. Plenty of video games of the Centipede, Arkanoid, Asteroid variety, as well as a large glass door/window in the front, and what appears to be a concrete slab floor, giving it a "I'm hanging out in my rich friend's basement" kind of feel.

Although I drone on about the character and little nuances of Barcade, don't kid yourself...the real reason to go there is the great beers. You won't be sorry.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I checked this place out for the first time recently on a Thursday evening with a couple friends. It’s a good thing I knew the address, without which I could easily have walked right by. A small chalkboard set up on the sidewalk is all that identifies the building as Barcade.

Even having read the beerfly reviews of this place, I was still surprised by how large and open the space was. The walls are lined with about 24 arcade games, many of them older than me. I played Tetris, Ms. Pacman, Super Mario Brothers, and Arkanoid. There are shelves between the machines where you can rest your beer. All games are a quarter. The bar is on the right as you walk in, and there are a couple tables in the back. A couple dogs were wandering around early in the evening before it got crowded.

Now, to the beer. This place has some good ones. 24 taps, all of them American, except Guiness. Great breweries are represented, like Heavyweight, Dogfish Head, Allagash, Victory, Anchor, etc. I drank a Southern Tier Oatmeal Stout, an amazing Ramstein Winter Wheat, and a Wagner Valley Sled Dog Triple Bock. All the beers tasted fresh. They have no bottles, but if none of their taps interest you, you’re crazy.

This place has a cool atmosphere, fun games, and great beer - further proof that this is the best beer neighborhood around.

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Photo of palma
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Barcade is where its at! Awesome beer and mad ol' school video games. I went on a friday night. It was like a zoo. So many people you could hardly relax. But the beer was awesome. They dont mess around here. Probably about twenty QUALITY domestic craft beers. No bottles or beer engine but it dont matter - the taps were awesome. Cool gimmick with the video games. There were so many people in the joint, you had to find one that wasnt being used as a wall to lean on. They have frogger, centipede, out run, dig dug, space invaders, asteroid, just to name a few. I'm definitely coming back to this place but probably during the daytime when its not as crowded. Found out that donkey kong is no longer my game.

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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 fdrich29
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Barcade was my first taste of Brooklyn. I had never been to that part of NY before and took a cab to the bar to meet up with a pub crawl after a conference earlier in the day in the Bronx. It was a hell of a first impression.

Easy to miss from the street. I walked in around 7pm on a Saturday night and it was fairly quiet. The building is simple enough, a large, open space filled with the bar on the right side, vintage video games line the left side of the bar and also the back area.

The games only cost a quarter. The games on across from the bar on the left have shelves between them so you can rest your beer while you play.

And what beer they have!

I was sipping an offering from Southampton while playing Tapper...World Wide Stout (on tap) while playing Commando..Beer D'Art while playing 1943. They have an extensive selection of fine beers that rival all but a handful of the bars I've ever been to.

I was filled with pride when the bartender said Fisherman's Brew, a beer brewed in my hometown of Gloucester, MA, is one of his most popular and they go through it quite quickly. I didn't even know they had already made it down to New York. Their Winter brew, which I didn't even know they were making is on deck to be offered there.

Barcade is an amazing experience but felt vaguely like the twighlight zone. Amazing beer and '80's video games, a fantastic idea and a great thing for the good people of Brooklyn.

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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 Sixpoint
4.86/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

What a great bar. This place is a true gem. Housed in a former garage, I give this place a 5.0 for atmosphere. Most people might find it cold and detached. But let's consider its environment... this place is camoflauged. Surrounded by industrial warehouses and auto repair shops, this place is true to form.

Lining the perimeter of the walls are vintage arcade games, about 20 or so in all. And the greatest thing is they're all only 25 cents to play.

There is a plethora of great brew. Almost all of the taps are domestic, and I think the only import was Guiness. They have some true rarities as well... Fisherman's Ale from Massachusetts for one.

Definitely a nice complement to Spuyten Duyvil, which happens to be only about 8 blocks away.

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Photo of slander
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A handful of us took in the grand opening of Barcade recently. You know, Friday nights in Crummytown ain't as quiet as they used to be. Lots to do, places to go, choices, choices...
It's like a big old garage converted into, well, a Barcade. A long "C" shaped bar seats a dozen and a half with drop spot light lanterns overhead. To the rear lies a handful of booths with candle lit paper bags. 2 dozen plus old school arcade games lining the room. A row of a dozen along the far wall, another half dozen to the rear, three here, one there, another one there, a few moreabout. I'm talking Ms. Pac Man, Asteroids, Centipede, DigDug, Frogger, Tetris, Rampage, Donkey Kong, Popeye, Phoenix, Gauntlet, Bezerk, and another dozen or so. A quarter a clip, not too shabby. I lost $4 on centipede in (like) 7 minutes. Guess what? I still suck at Frogger. High scores are listed on a blackboard overhead. There's a lone red pool table to the rear, and tunes are spun via an MP3 player.
The front of the bar is a glass wall with doors that land you in a 15' X 20' space out front with a few benches and wood stumps for dirty backsliding smokers, the likes of who's Phil name I shan't mention. It was here we were introduced to the house dalmation, Teddy.
2 dozen taps, a very nice selection of mostly local & regional micros. (Brooklyn, Six Point, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Heavyweight, Victory, Weyerbacher), regional (Magic Hat, Harpoon, Cisco, Allagash, DogFishHead), and beyond (Anchor, Flying Dog, Hair Of the Dog, Rogue, Rockies, North Coast). Regular promos, anything can happen. Their recent IPA fest found the DogFishHead 60, 90 & 120 minute IPA's on simultaneously, The Rogue promo was absolute madness and the Heavyweight Brrrcades were just wonderful. No bottles, but who needs 'em when you've got good taps? They're all lined up in a row over a stainless steel basin with a blackboard backing listing the tap selections and Xmas lighting trim. The chips, nuts and damn good jerky selections are also noted on the big board.
Barcade serves as a solid new addition to the neighborhood.

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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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Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
Place rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 150 ratings
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