Barcade

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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
Score:
90
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
40
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
3.22%
 
 
Taps:
25
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by rfgetz:
Photo of rfgetz
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Barcade is housed in an old garage/industrial space and keeps much of that charm in its design - rusty iron, pitted concrete, stained musty wood, dim lighting. Looong bar upon entry, seats 20+ and stretches from the front to the back. A rail with seating on the wall opposite the bar and some small tables also at the front. The back area, with a high ceiling keeps the same feel with some neon brewery signs. This area houses the 25 or so classic video games along the perimeter - all playable for $0.25, most work okay but some units show heavy wear on the sticks or buttons. There is a small ledge between each game cabinet for placing your brews down. 2 long tables in the middle of the room seat an additional 25+, small outside area seats a few more.

20+ beers on tap and a cask offering. Good chunk of local brews (Troegs, Victory, Sly Fox) with some major national craft labels (Founders, Allagash, Bells etc.) A gem or two can be found at any given time and beer evets regularly held here.

Food is only major gripe - quickly assembled sandwhiches from average ingredients make up most of the menu. The items appeared interesting, but didnt deliver. A grilled cheese with tomato spread tasted more like a pizza, a cuban sandwhich was too hammy and fatty, deviled eggs lacked flavor. Its cheap, so ya get what you pay for. Service was hit more miss - some tenders unattentive, others on their game. Overall, i'd be back if a good beer or two was available.

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

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

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.12/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of kneary13
4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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