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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 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 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 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 NeroFiddled
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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Photo of Sammy
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A classy and classic bar, in a warehouse environment, surrounded by classic videogames. Hard to find by car, you must walk the block. Full on a late Monday night, with dogs (the sign says only friendly ones), some smoking, and of course about 15 taps, all interesting with Smuttynose,Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, and other mostly local states. Freshness as turnover. It is loud! and so the bartender will acknowledge you and have a friendly smile, but this is New York and there is no in-depth relationship.

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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 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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Photo of sholland119
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A cool place that lived up to its billing.

Vibe is good, dark and a bit less fancy than expected with a concrete floor. Lots of bar stools, some tables and tons of '80's video games for a quarter. I guess I never played Asteroids drunk when I was younger because I know I did not suck so much then. Lots of fun though.

No bottled beer but plenty of drafts. We came in one day after a Midwest promo night so I doubt the selection of Schlafly and Dark Horse, among others, is normal. But awesome for us since we have never seen them on tap before. No bottles, or food.

Service was very friendly and attentive.


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

Photo of Bierman9
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A bar with an arcade = Barcade! Who'da thunk it! From the outside you'd say "THIS is a bar?". Located in a big, blah-looking brick building, the inside is very dark, with a high-ceiling. Gives it an abandoned factory/warehouse feel. There's a small table and chairs inside at the left, then about a dozen video games. On the right is a long 3-sided bar with loads of stools. Far back left corner offers up a pool table, and the back right has another 6-8 video games. Generally a young crowd, and loud music filled the air, though I never bothered to pay attention to what was actually being played.

They had a sweet list of draft biers, with the likes of Brooklyn, Climax, DFH, Sierra Nevada, Fishermans, Goose Island, Rogue, Sixpoint, Victory.... Hell yeah!! And reasonably priced, too! Only 5 bucks for a pint of DFH 90 Minute. Sweet! Any bottled offerings escaped my eye, though. The bartender was supremely courteous and efficient (and lovely, as well...).
If you don't mind the loud music and the young 'uns, go for it, because the biers (and prices) rock!


overall: 4.30
atmosphere: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: n/a | $$


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Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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 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 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 rjp217
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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

This place is amazing.

Old warehouse type building, long and dark with a bar on the right when you walk in, and the walls are lined with about 30 Vintage stand up arcade games. I saw Q-Bert, Frogger, Robotron, Tapper, among others.

Quality of beers was very good. Saw Sixpoint, Founders, quite a few New Holland (must have had an event for their beers recently) and other fine craft offerings.

Service was prompt and friendly.

Selection was nice, about 30 quality and varied taps.

No food except some snack stuff.

Overall, a great place for beers, and if you like old video games then it's just icing on the cake. Loved this place.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

This is a niche place but it is a really cool place to chill. Like most places in Brooklyn it doesn't have a TV or anything to chill and watch a game, but it has plenty of games (terrible joke). There are about 20 arcade games from way back in the day before Nintendo and spent some quarters/hours playing Ms. Pac-Man, Punchout, Frogger...and oh yeah, had some g reat beer as well. Mostly local and American micros, they serve good beer and some hard to find beers on tap. Not a huge import selection and I don't think they have many (if any) bottles, but there are beers here like seasonals and limited releases that will guarantee that you'll have a few new ones to try.

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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 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 corby112
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Stopped by here during a recent trip to Brooklyn.

Barcade is basically a big open room which is very dark with a large bar on the right and a bunch of classic arcade games lining the walls. Above the bar is the tap list which is usually very impressive and on the oppsite wall is a chalkboard with the video game high scores.

This place has a really cool vibe and as a lover if video games(especially classics like Mrs. Pacman, Tapper, Marble Madness, etc.) I really loved this place. The crowd seems to be a bit younger and the place is filler with hipsters. Expect a lot of beards, tight t shirts and skinny jeans. They allow dogs as well which is a nice touch.

The selection here is quite impressive and hey often have special events. I've been there for a Sixpoint event as well as a Brooklyn promo. They have about 25 taps with revolving selection of craft beers at reasonable prices.

The service at this place is puzzling. The last rime I was there thenplace was packed and it was a Friday Night. They only had one bartender which was odd but he managed to take care of everyone pretty quickly considering the crowd.

Overall, I would highly recommend this bar to anyone in or visiting the NYC/Brooklyn area.

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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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Barcade in Brooklyn, NY
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