Go early when you can sit at the bar and you will love your time there. If you go on a weekend night, you will have to contend with the local scene, a lot of hipsters who are there for the arcade games and not for their awesome beer selection and prices.
Love this place. A great place to hang out, and have a few beers, and have a laugh.
Beer selection good enough for me, east coast stuff, with Southampton my seeking beer. Nice to be able to have a great place to hang out, play some games, have a laugh and drink craft beer. Nice work.
Beerwise looks extremely good, many fine American micros on tap. As for drinking and enjoying and rating I donít think much worse place. Service was average, nothing to complain, but it was too dark, too much noise with drunken youth and music.
dmac (35) Toms River, New Jersey | February 21, 2008
If you like draft beer then this is the place for you. The beer: lots and lots of taps, 24 I believe. The place: converted garage with lots of classic arcade games that is big open and empty unless full of people. The cost:very reasonable to hey thats all for a round in NY? Overall: This is one kick ass place, arcade games for a quarter, pints for $5.00 with special releases and high octane stuff slightly higher but clearly listed. Service was good and quick on an early Saturday evening and my only complaint is that I couldnít stick around longer. This is a must go spot if your looking to let your hair down, play some games and drink some beers.
Chapel (40) Levittown, New York | February 12, 2008| Updated October 26, 2009
This place is a great time, even if it isnít the best rating condition. Then again, I do not represent that average interests of a ratebeerian so I can understand how others may not like Barcade. The general ambiance is one of an after hours concert with a lot of the general graffiti that goes with it. However, surrounding the bar is a massive collection of old arcade machines which remain in their unmodified, $0.25 to play state. This, is practically unheard of in modern arcades. Hell, even games that a $0.50 to play are getting rarer. Beer selection is generally good, especially if you get them on one of their events. The only downside, which for many is a crippling flaw, is that it can get massively crowded there later at night. My advice, is that if you are going to go, get their early in happy hour. Beer will be cheaper and there wonít be as much of a crowd.
One of my favorite places. The place is enourmous so no matter how many people you never get cramped. The old school video games are definitely a blact from the past. The bartenders are always friendly and the owners are really nice guys. They usually donít have a problem giving you a sample of something you are unsure about. They hold really great events and beer release parties and you never know who will show up, such as the brewmasters of SH or others. Great hangout and awesome place.
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.
Not much more I can add that hasnít been mentioned already. Fun place so long as itís not too jammed. Nice little outdoor seating space right outside the entrance, where you can have a beer with your dog. Extensive happy hour (5-8pm). Nice rotation of American micros. Best of all, plenty of classic 25 cent video arcade games in case you donít feel like socializizing or scribbling down tasting notes.
slimchill (88) Austin, Texas | September 24, 2007| Updated September 15, 2008
Fun fun fun place. Great selection of draught beers, very impressive. Service is okay but it was quite crowded. A little on the hipster side but definitely a good time. They had DFH Spirits.
This place was awesome. Iím not really into the gaming thing, but it fit in well with this place. Only U.S. brews here, which was just fine with me. Some of the taps were rather common selections, but a couple of them were rare brews that I havenít seen anywhere before. Bartender was friendly and offered free 1 oz. tasters. Beer prices were very reasonable as well. Iíll definitely be back here!