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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: 15 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Philly, on the heels of two shortys (yes, Davo is offended) at Kraftwerk and a suckling pig sandwich with broc rabe & sharp prov (is there any other way?), and hold the hots, please, at Paesano’s. And now Barcade; my first time out having missed the soft opening conflicted with a beer festival somewhere (Kennett Square?), and fuck, I’m due. I’m overdue, even. And I probs need to check in again in JC. But today...

An easy walk from where I parked out front of Johnny Brenda’s. Where is, oh wait, you can see the logo on the side of the wall halfway down the street. Enter through the little brickyard side and in. The bar seems to be a rounded “L” with a concrete top, black wood well & steel trim, wood slat/panel base, and a phat wood phoot box, seating 18 on mismatched stools, fool. The barback holds 2 dozen taps on a long row on stainless steel paneled box on center, with bottles, pics, a Tom Jones record, a toy car, and other pieces atop. Tiered booze on black wood counterings to both sides, shimmery glow rope lit. Glassware shelved below; pints and otherwise, and cupboardiness on the ends. Mounted above, a long horizontal, well, no, it’s not a blackboard, it’s more a chunk of iron or something, the taps printed there in rows of 8 each, illuminated stripped above. The quintessential board with jerky & snacks off to the left on the big brick barback wall. More brick behind me on the opposite wall with some bar counter space there. Slat wood floors and a row of drop ping pong ball lamps running over the bar.

Up front, the walls of wood plankiness, with a nearly a ½ dozen tables. The front windows barred and others frosted above, and 3 video games sitting in ‘coming soon’ mode, one of which is a mini Turbo (Paul, you are a cruel, cruel man). And down past the end of the bar, a brick arch way opens to the widened room to the rear holding a shorty piece of the bar extended through, rounding out the rounded ends; looks to seat 6 or so. All in all, seating for 2 dozen on a “C”ish shaped bar through 2 rooms.

Inner wall of brick with a large horizontal board listing high scores, exits to the outdoor space (benchings and tableage out there amidst smells of the neighborhood), on the opposite wall, with windows in between and more bar counter space. And the rear wall of corrugated foldiness, with darkened windows to nowhere and brewery neons. Concrete floorings, wood beam upright trees with crossbeams angled, and wood rafter ceilings slightly raised on center. Exposed ducts, a few spinnys, drop ping pong ball lamps, and single bulb mounts along the exterior space walls. Video games, video games, and video games along the perimeter; just shy of 3 dozen in all. And longish narrow hightop tables seating a dozen or so on each with paper bag baby bulb lighting.

So, 2 dozen taps, all of it American craft beer, no surprise there. ¾ of them local/regional (Troegs Nugget Nectar, Old Forge Celestial Blonde, Victory Old Horizontal ’09, Weyerbacher Heresy, Manayunk Monk from the Yunk, Voodoo Cowbell, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Resin & SMP, Allagash White, Harpoon Vermont Spruce Tip & Cider, Ithaca Flower Power, Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale, Cricket Hill East Coast Lager, DogFishHead World Wide Stout, Stillwater As Follows, Flying Dog Kujo Coffee Stout), and ¼ from afar (Oskar Blues Mama’s Lil’ Yellow Pils, New Holland Dragon’s Milk, Lost Abbey Carnevale, Anderson Valley Bahl Hornin’ Leeber Zeese Oatmeal Porter, Stone Old Guardian, Green Flash Le Freak). And Victory Hop Devil on the handpump, the handle just to the left of the tap box. I drank Stillwater As Follows, Anderson Valley Leeber Zeese, & Sixpoint SMP. Beer was clean & fresh.

The people serving were cool. Actually, they’ve been upgraded to better than all that. They do food, small stuff, snacks & sangwiches. There were a bunch that sounded really damn good but we were all Paesano’d out. Good tunes, I mean, who plays Pink Floyd’s ‘Biding my time’? (Qualifier for instant awesome). We have decided that it is a great space, and a close second place to Barcade ‘Burg. Good chill house, lucky neighborhood.

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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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90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.
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