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Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(718) 302-6464 | map

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

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3/5  rDev -29.9%

Photo of rtepiak
3.21/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

this place has a nice sized warehouse space with about 25 arcade games lining the walls. about 24 taps. all the beers are five or 6 bucks for a pint or a 10oz depending usually on alcohol contain. wonderful place to go and chat and drink for cheap. they have no bad beers really. no pabst and such. they also have no bottles. only been here once but i figure its a really wonderful place if the turn over is good on the taps. selection was widely ranged in styles and seemed somewhat seasonal. they also had a cask. chips and jerky for food. great brooklyn poor boy nerd spot.

went back here about a year later and most of the lines were rather dirty. i was a bit disappointed.

went back again and had two beers that were mis-marked as the wrong beers from the brewery. one being a fisherman's imperial pumpkin stout at 11%abv. priced to fit too. it was the plan. SAMPLE EVERYTHING BEFORE HAVING IT.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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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 McGowan
3.63/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited on a Saturday night about 10pm, so keep that in mind while reading. Barcade offers a nice selection of a variety of East Coast craftbrews, at reasonable prices, at a long bar, served by friendly and attentive staff. Unfortunately, that's about the only positive thing I can say, especially with fine places like Mug's Ale House right up the street. But if you like your beer in ear-splittingly loud, standing-room only warehouses jammed with screaming twenty-somethings (highlights included a shoving match, complete with broken glasses and beer spilled all over innocent bystanders), by all means, visit Barcade.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.64/5  rDev -15%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.5

Hipster heaven! The wife and I decided to check out Barcade, one of the few Williamsburg-area beer bars we hadn't explored yet. I was lured by Bourbon County online but they did not have it tapped at the moment. Bummer.

The joint sits in a fancified part of Bklyn with lots of new condos. The exterior belies how cavernous Barcade really is inside. Coming from Manhattan, I was quite stunned at the amount of real estate here. Took me a while to figure out that Barcade stand for bar+arcade. D'oh! The wife had fun revisiting old games from the 80's; me, I didn't know a single one.

24 taps and a cask, including 2 exclusive drafts (one was out, Sixpoint Bolshoi). Lots of Bell's beers, such as Expedition, Java and Cherry as it coincided with the arrival of the brewery in NYC. Also Allagash Red Howes, Climax Cherry Snow Plow, Stone Matt's, a couple of Sixpoint brews... quite alright but not amazing, so I went for a bourbon (Blanton's rules)

Service was classic W'burg hipster: that I-am-standing-right-in-front-of-you-not-giving-a-fuck-and -talking-to-my-friends-because-I-am-a-hipster-bartender attitude. Thank goodness for yoga or I would slap one of these tenaciously annoying, cooler-than-thou folks.

Not bad prices, great atmosphere. But other than that, I much prefer Mug's, dba, Torst and other beer bars in the area.

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Photo of Amalak
3.69/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is a great place to either go and meet people or hangout with a large group of friends. You are literally surrounded by awesome, old arcade games. This is not the place to go, just to have a beer, though. The service is slow. It's usually packed. It's a novelty kind of place, not necessarily a beer drinkers place, even though they do have a very large selection -25 beers or so.

That being said, if you go in when it isn't packed (don't go on a Thur, Fri, Sat. night meaning) you get solid service, good selection, and grab a couple of quarters and pass the time on the arcades. Or, if you like, there is a beat up old pool table in the back.

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Photo of Yetiman420
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

The wife and I made this our second of two beer stops during an evening in Williamsburg. It's pretty much across the street from a subway stop and Williamsburg is a fun area to walk around if you stick to the main streets. I was pretty excited about a good beer bar that also had vintage video games. Better yet, the video games were still 25 cents and the pints were $5 - amazing prices for NYC. We were thee on a very busy Friday night from around 10 to midnight. The downside for me was that the control sticks on the 80's video games had lost their responsiveness and it took me a couple of games at Frogger just to get a feel for the controller. I gave up on Donkey Kong because the controller was in such bad shape. What the hell, it's only a quarter and they have shelves for your beer right next to the games. My other criticizim is the smoking lounge was right in front of the main, large, open, glass doors so the inside was noticably smokey. The beer selection was about as good of a domestic selection as you'll find in NYC. This really isn't saying much for those of us in pursuit of rare and superior beers. We had the Southhampton Double White, Dogfish Chicory Stout, and a Sierra Nevada Schwarzbier (my wife had the Sierra which I had never seen before). All of these beers are probably available East of the mississippi so I can't rave about the selection. The prices were right on at $5 a pint and it's a fun place to hang out in the hippest neighborhood in the world.

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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 TheDeuce
3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2


Atmosphere-old dive bar, warehouse feel, lots of wood, bar is nice, all draft based with chips for food. Of course the machines are cool, I really like the wood panels in between the machines to rest your beer on.

Quality-nice mix of local (Sixpoint, Brooklyn, etc.) with some good travellers like Victory and Stoudt's, all beers served well. Maybe a little expensive at $6 a pint, but quality is good.

Service-bartenders are no-nonsense, but beers were served right. One did a nice job of breaking up a fight.

Selection-see above, again nice mix of local and outliers.

Food-nothing but chips and jerky, good munchies.

Value-beers are somewhat expensive, games are a quarter apiece.

One last thing, this bar had the potential to be incredible in terms of the arcade scene, but while the games are cheap the vast majority have some sort of control issue, I wish they were better about that. Reduced what could have been amazing to something that was fun once but one I probably won't seek out again.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of adowney523
3.76/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

This place is hard to find, but look for the Barcade sign on the ground in front. We walked into a cellar-like enviroment, which was unique and very cool. The bar is immediately on your rights and the main room is surrounded by 1980's video arcade games.

Beers were of good quality, but served in boring shaker pint glasses. 25 beers on tap and one cask. Many NYC locals as well as a good selection from New England.

Service was pretty good but not the quickest.

A unique place and a must for video game and beer geeks.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

A mid-December visit. This is the last of my NYC beer destination visits, after hitting Spuyten Duyvil, Blind Tiger and CB Six.

Atmosphere: The place is a wide-open warehouse, lined around the interior walls with arcade games. The bar is centrally located and is quite sizeable. The sign out front is pretty small, so you could easily miss it (as I did).l

Quality: Nice selection of beers but I didn't order enough to see diversity in glassware. The bartender was friendly.

Service: Service was fast, although the bartender did not stick around long. The place was relatively empty but he had no desire to wander the bar.

Selection: Nice tap selection, with Climax, Victory and Dogfish Head featured prominently. I settled on a cask Smuttaroni and really enjoyed it. I did not see any indication of bottles.

Value: Again, I hit the happy hour, which made prices more palatable.

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

Photo of socon67
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Final stop on a Brooklyn pub crawl.

A - A mix of gamers and craft beer drinkers with a touch of hipsters. And yet, these were all the same people. A funky out of the box concept that beckons to your youth if you grew up in the 80's.

Q - While the pours were all good, the chalkboard was a bit disorgainzied and the laminated tap list I got was a couple strikes on the first 2 things I ordered and they were out of. But glassware was correct and overall it worked out.

Ser - Made recommendations for what I should try. For a busy bar these folks were quick which was appreciated.

Sel - Great selection and plenty of options. I'm taking a little off the score as my first 2 choices were out when I ordered them. Would have made sense to update the chalkboard...

V - A little pricey because the pours on a few were 8-10oz. Now they do tell you that on their board so I wasn't surprised ahead of time. But I've seen better pricing for the same selections in Brooklyn.

A great novelty and fun to relive your childhood with beer, but I wouldn't make this a regular option if I lived close enough.

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

I have visited Barcade numerous times over the years since they opened - in fact, I celebrated a birthday and my bachelor party there shortly after they first opened and have continued to visit at least once or twice each year since then... Not exactly in my neighborhood so I only visit when I'm close by (the Barcade in Jersey City is much closer for me and easier to commute to). I love the vibe - good craft beer, reasonable prices, and 1980s arcade games...lots of nostalgia factor for me here.

The beers are generally well poured into proper glassware for the style and served with an appropriate amount of head. Beers seem to turn over fairly quickly so I have never had a beer that did not taste fresh and with the number of different events they host, it changes a lot.

For the most part, the bartenders are friendly and knowledgeable about the beers.

One of the things I like best about the selection is that it is kept up to date on the website so I know what is going to be available when I head to Barcade - they usually have a pretty good selection across a number of different styles and I seem to always find something that I enjoy.

I have only had the chips/pretzels/jerky when I have been here so I am not going to rate the food.

Prices are reasonable.

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

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 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 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 Jacobier10
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4

After paying a visit to Mug's Ale House, it was time to experience Barcade. The walk there consisted of traveling thru some - ummm - unpleasant neighborhoods, but hey, this is the city we're talking about. I had a hand-drawn map of exactly where the bar was located and I still walked past it. No big sign on the outside, just a little sandwich board out front.

Upon entering, tens of vintage 80's arcade games line the walls, a pool table, a couple of wooden booth-style tables are nestled in the back right corner, and there is a very nice handmade bar on your right. There is a lot of open space in the middle of the bar, which was a refreshing escape from the typical crowded NYC bars. This was early evening on a Saturday night, and it wasn't too crowded. All arcade games are $0.25 and there is a change machine in the bar.

About 25 beers on tap, no bottles. All tap selections are American micros which was nice to see. All pints were around $5 and the 10 oz. servings of some the higher ABV beers were around the same. I ordered a DFH Indian Brown Ale and it was served in great condition.

There is also a small bench/table located outside that would be nice to sit at when the weather is warm. To me, it seems like there's a lot that could be done with this bar. There's lots of open space, but it's also nice to see it, well, open...Happy hour is every day from 5pm to 7pm, $1 off pints.

***Edit 8/20/06***
After a sub-par experience with the service, I brought the rating down a bit. It was crowded though, so I took that into consideration.

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

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Just about everything that can be said about Barcade has already been said; and I hate repeating myself or someone else. But, I love Barcade!!! I wish there were some better games to play (what was the name of that tank game where you stood and looked into it? Or how about the staple... Defender?), but how can you beat a hard to find hole-in-the-wall (not far from pretty damned good Chinese take-out - and many others) that offers dozens of arcade games, CASK BEER!, and 24 other beers on tap?!? You can't! The service is good and the bathrooms are better than most. Give it a try, but don't order in any food that you can't eat standing up unless you were lucky enough to get a spot at the bar or a place to sit in back.

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