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Barcade

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Reviews
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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(215) 634-4400 | map
www.barcadephiladelphia.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
90
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
39
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
3.22%
 
 
Taps:
25
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Great variety of regional beers. Several from Sixpoint, Victory, Bavarian, Dock St., Manyunk, Round guys, Roy Pitz, sly Fox, Troegs, and Weyerbacher. I counted 24 taps plus cask (Victory Ranch R IPA).

Big roomy L-shaped place. The end with the bar towards the street is quieter with no speakers. This is truly a neighborhood experience, assuming your neighborhood is slowly coming back from being depopulated and bombed out. But it's close to the elevated train station and not actually as scary as three-fourths of old Philly.

A little patch of dirt by the side entry for smoking and another smoke-free zone by the graffitied truck trailer. This is the new post-industrial landscape. Barcade is the vanguard, surrounded by boarded-up factory buildings.

About 40 arcade video games are the main attraction, plus music from First Wave to trash thrash. NIcely arranged bar area with an assortment of surplus institutional chairs. Decor is partly cleaned brick with woodwork distressed by the industrial past. Food ranges from pickled hop shoots to orange-thyme tofu sandwich. Overall, a memorable joint and it's on my list next trip to Philadelphia.

[Notes transcribed from 28 May 2012 visit]

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of nickfl
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of tmac
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of razorsdescent
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of beerded_drunk
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.75

Photo of stevoj
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of mltobin
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of baybum
4.08/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of wilmerkatie
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of kneary13
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of cdaguanno
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of soulcougher
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of IdrinkGas
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

---- A little re-reviewing of Barcade----

Now that I live in Philadelphia, I stop by Barcade often enough to like it. I go during the week and it is never crowded. In fact, it is almost always incredibly empty when I visit. The tap list usually has something interesting/rare, and I like chilling there for a bit.

I was there for their 3rd Anniversary Party and the beer lineup was absolutely insane.

Bartenders have that hipster attitude, but whatever, fuck them.

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The wife and I left Johnny Brenda’s earlier than expected and heading back to the car, I spotted a big “BARCADE” sign. We had had enough beers and bar visits on us that day but, hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

I had recently visited and reviewed Barcade Brooklyn and loved the space and how chill and empty it was. It was hipster but quiet. The Philadelphia version was, at least on a Saturday night, a totally different story. It was so immensely packed we could barely move around. Lucky for me I made my way to the bar (which is right across from the main entrance) and managed to order two beers, a Wookey Jack for the wife and a Sixpoint Bolshoi for me. 13 dollars for both, not too bad. The menu is written on chalkboard and straddles a good amount of wall space so forget about reading it all on a packed night.

I didn’t see any of the arcade games that made Barcade famous… but let me tell you, we hung outside at a cobblestoned patio by the entrance and it was rather lovely. The bouncer was pissed, folks were pissed in the British sense and the clientele struck me as douchey.

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Barcade in Philadelphia, PA
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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