Barcade

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PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(215) 634-4400 | map
barcadephiladelphia.com

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Added by pnkermiz on 10-09-2011

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
45
pDev:
9.18%
 
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by mactrail:
Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

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

Photo of Rifugium
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

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Photo of jp11801
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
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.

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Photo of sbeaver_44
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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

Photo of KVNBGRY
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.

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Photo of nickfl
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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

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

Photo of razorsdescent
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.

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

Photo of stevoj
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.

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

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

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of wilmerkatie
3.12/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of kneary13
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Vogt52
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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Barcade in Philadelphia, PA
Place rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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