Barcade

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Bar, Eatery

1114 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19125-4118
United States

(215) 634-4400 | map
barcadephiladelphia.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.03
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
46
pDev:
9.18%
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Reviews by baybum:
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baybum from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Mar 17, 2015
More User Reviews:
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Feb 07, 2018
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

Beer and arcade games. Not much more to say. The beer selection is decent, almost all craft brews, with plenty of local stuff. Arcade games are good too, with all the classics you would expect. Nice night away from the typical bar scene.

Nov 11, 2017
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andrewerrico from New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Sep 19, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Wow, I seriously can't believe I never rated Barcade. This is my go-to spot in Fishtown. This place is really just made for 80s kids like myself...how can you not like a arcade bar? It's a large warehouse space with a somewhat grungy vibe, a good sized bar greets you when you first walk in. Walk in a little further, and all the classic arcade games are there: everything from Tetris to X-Men, and even one of my obscure Atari favorites, Crystal Castles! And to make things even better, each arcade station is equipped with a little stand on the side to hold your beer. Necessities. Service is fine, but can get spotty/sparse when the crowd picks up. Beer selection is usually very good. Local stuff and craft beer staples, with events often bringing in some rarities. I think they even had Chocolate Rain on tap once. The food is basic and the menu is small. Basically tacos and a few sandwich options. But the prices are pretty good, and I think they even have a dollar taco day.

So yeah, if this is your thing, then Barcade definitely has some staying & revisiting power. I'm more of a laid-back hang-at-the-bar kind of guy when I go out, but I just totally revert to my 80s self when I'm in this place. Which I guess is why I still get carded here. hehe

Aug 03, 2017
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jp11801 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Not as good as it's Brooklyn NY counterpart but still worth a visit if you have just left Kraftwork. Same dingy decor as the NY spot and a good spot if you are buzzed and want to play video games. Beer selection was just ok on my visit with nothing really interesting except for the Smuttylab that was on. The crowd on a saturday is less beer lover and more day drinker out for a good time, nothing wrong with that just a bit loud. Service was quick and as friendly.

Jan 29, 2017
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SunDevilBeer from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Cool warehouse with bar at front and vintage video games throughout. Hipsters galore, but I expected it in this gentrified neighborhood - lots of flannel, ski caps, black plastic glasses.

Good selections of local/regional beers and some from afar. Was happy hour so beers were $1 off what were already reasonably priced beers. $1 tacos were pretty tasty and a great value.

Played some NBA Jam, had a few beers and tacos. Good for a one-time visit for about an hour, but the novelty wears off quick with these vintage game bars.

Oct 12, 2016
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sbeaver_44 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Jul 31, 2016
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

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

Jun 20, 2016
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KVNBGRY from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Well... I got the high score on Michael Jackson... Anyway, the beer selection was solid. The game selection was good, a lot of fun old school games. The place is insanely busy, though since people are generally drunk, they're not quite as good at the games, so the turnover rate is fair. The bartenders were short, and to the point. It was busy, so I accept that.

May 15, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a fun concept that is becoming more and more common, and in this case it is executed quite well. There is a fairly large selection of classic and campy video games and a very solid selection of beers. The only complaint is that atmosphere and service suffer from the large crowd, but that's just the nature of the place. Definitely fun and worth going, especially if you have never been someplace like this, just try not to make it a Friday or Saturday night.

May 10, 2016
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metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Apr 24, 2016
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Apr 24, 2016
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tmac from New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Feb 21, 2016
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Barcade is always a good time, always! The people are chill and the surroundings are impeccable. The negatives are mediocre food, and a long wait time if you run dry during heavy traffic. Don't ever change Barcade.

Dec 08, 2015
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beerded_drunk from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Aug 02, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

an ode to retro gaming and craft beer. Half the space dedicated to old arcade games, half a heavy wood bar. Hefty tap list, lots of top notch beers offered. Some pub grub and light fare also available.

Jun 09, 2015
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Jun 05, 2015
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Sep 30, 2014
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wilmerkatie from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -22.6%

Aug 19, 2014
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kneary13 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 16, 2014
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bylerteck from Canada

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 12, 2014
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MaltLickyWithTheCandy from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 05, 2014
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Vogt52 from Maryland

4/5  rDev -0.7%

Aug 04, 2014
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Jul 11, 2014
Barcade in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 46 ratings