I wish I had known about this place the last time I was in Brooklyn, though I have no idea if it was even around in 2009. I don’t remember how much the games cost, if they were free or cost money. I only played a couple while drinking a barrel aged strong ale from Chelsea and then ironically probably the best Firestone Walker Double Jack I can remember having. The beer selection was all American which is a neat concept and was very hop heavy. I’m certainly not complaining. Prices were good and it’s walkable from the train. I would stop in again.
Man what a fun bar. I think all of us ol’ school peeps (ha!) have nostalgia of our youth coming here. Cool arcade and a fun place to get your drink on whilst jamming away at a few classic games. Good tap selection too. I had a couple of beers and finished on a double IPA from Other Half that I really didn’t need at that point in the night. Good times!
Have hit on Barcade 3 or 4 times, most recently on 02/03/12. Single roomed warehouse in effect with 30 or 40 old games machines still using the old quarter dollar slots, surrounding most of the walls.
25 beers on draft, $6 pours and $5 at happy hour (5pm - 7pm - from a hazy memory!).
No food but you can bring your own or have it delivered. They do have some snacks such as jerky - check the hot as f**k one out :P.
Solid tap list, nothing rare tbh, but good east coast fayre.
Love this place, great vibes and idea.
Leighton (1043) London, England | September 15, 2009| Updated April 23, 2010
A great venue, where beer geeks and regular geeks can find common ground. I’ve been here twice; both great experiences. The myriad arcade games are a wonderful draw for the gamers/geeks and a nice diversion for the drunkies, while the strong beer selection attracts the beer geeks. Prices are quite reasonable and the bartenders seem to keep up with things. A nice bar with plenty of space. Hit it up.
Update: The last three times I’ve been here have been tainted by the unpleasantness of the bartender. That might not be harsh enough: the guy’s an asshole. Overly defensive, arrogant, doesn’t know how to pour beer - I could go on. I’ll still go to Barcade because it’s sweet, but this dude is such a tool.
I’ve wanted to visit this place ever since I heard of its existence. It’s basically an arcade in a warehouse that has a bar that serves 20 types of local and regional craft beer and that’s enough to make it totally awesome. The video games are from the 80’s and eary 90’s and I suck as badly at them now as when I was a kid (I could never figure out now to beat Bald Bull in lPunch Out) except now I have a craft beer in my hand. The prices may be the best in New York for craft beer with most drafts at $6 a pint and there even cheaper during happy hour. I really enjoyed it and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.
theisti (893) Kansas | January 14, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Visited as last stop of an all-day pub crawl of Brooklyn. I had read about this place in advance, and on paper it seemed to be right up my alley - killer beer selection along with old school video games. The reality did not disappoint, really a cool and quirky place. It was a bit noisy, even with a lighter crowd - but most of that was down to the music and ambient video game background. Next time I am going to make this my first stop!
82 = ★★★½ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
Cool place. Friendly bartenders and customers. Went in alone but had a nice chat with some folks. Very good selection of draught beers. Served in good condition. Did not play any games, but would like to do so someday. I liked this place.
I guess everything is already said here, Great idea anyway to mix arcade games and great beer. 24 taps. 1 cask. OK prices. Half full on Wednesday night. Loud music. I spent some time on memory lane with Arkanoid.
Barcade’s located in a massive, open space in a very hipster part of Brooklyn. The ambiance is nice, though a bit crowded. The service was fine. The selection was strong, there’s probably 20 taps filled with mostly-interesting stuff. They let you order food to the bar, a massive plus. The games are gimmicky, but fun. Overall, this place would do well in London. Nice.
A classy and classic bar, in a warehouse environment, surrounded by classic videogames. Hard to find by car, you must walk the block. Full on a late Monday night, with dogs (the sign says only friendly ones), some smoking, and of course about 15 taps, all interesting with Smuttynose, Magic Hat, and other mostly local states. Freshness as turnover. It is loud! and so the bartender will acknowledge you and have a friendly smile, but this is New York and there is no in-depth relationship.