Barcade

Barcade

Bar and Arcade$$$$
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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  • Akira K.
    Akira KApril 29
    Excellent selection of beer on tap and pretty balanced game collection, although it used to be better when this was the only Barcade.
  • DJ C.
    DJ ColwellDecember 15, 2015
    It's a lot of fun when it isn't super packed. A great selection of really good beers. Recently they switched from quarters to tokens (LAME)
  • Vuk M.
    Vuk MilanovicOctober 21, 2015
    Very cool concept that is nicely executed. Most games are a quarter value (not actual quarters, but tokens you get by exchanging dollar bills). Great craft beer selection! Few seating options.
  • James M.
    James MarshallOctober 16, 2015
    What's not to love about vintage video games and a well curated craft beer list. It's that simple and a great way to spend an evening. Wished they opened earlier is my only quibble.
  • Mike O.
    Mike O'SullivanAugust 1, 2015
    The original Brooklyn beer-cade. Personally I think Two Bits in LES has better games, but the beer selection at Barcade is hard to beat.
  • Hector
    HectorAugust 1, 2015
    The St. Marks venue has fighting game (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat) -- which are NOT here. Beer selection is decent, but less fun vibe.
  • Marc M.
    Marc MayerJuly 31, 2015
    It's got all the social awkwardness of a middle school dance with the added bonus of great beer and fantastic beef jerky. Tap takeover nights are a real special treat.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJuly 15, 2015
    The weekly Williamsburg Craft Beer Crawl kicks off at Barcade. Enjoy plenty of craft beer and food at four bars in the neighborhood throughout the day. Cheers! Saturdays, Through 8/8, 12pm, $56. Read more
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJune 24, 2015
    Home to 40 retro arcade games, including Pacman machines, the bar offers an extensive list of locally brewed brews with 25 beers on tap. Read more
  • Boris J.
    Boris JonesApril 8, 2015
    Whether you’re in the mood for a quiet beer by yourself and a cheeky 80s arcade game, or down for some rowdy pre-gamers with beer and snacks, Barcade is a good time. Read more
  • Zack F.
    Zack FrancioseFebruary 11, 2015
    Awesome rotating drafts and top notch snacks. Go on like a Wednesday and you'll be able to play any game
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RickertJanuary 10, 2015
    The original Barcade. It could get crowded, but there is always a great beer selection and all the classic arcade games.
  • Stefano C.
    Stefano CalzolariOctober 2, 2014
    Amazing place packed with arcade games and a great beer selection. Bring some $25c and try out Rampage or Tetris.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WSeptember 16, 2014
    Awesome. Craft beer and bubble bobble. You can't go wrong. Bathroom is kinda scary though. There's a locked door within the men's room's stall. I believe that's where they keep the evil hipsters.
  • Louis M.
    Louis MattaSeptember 1, 2014
    An awesome concept, with great beer and drink selections, but its main draw (the arcade) is mostly beat up machines that don't play well with a glaring lack of pinball machines.
  • Will S.
    Will SchollAugust 26, 2014
    Arcade games and craft beer. Huge space, close to the train and diner. One of the better bars in the area. Always like checking out the rotating beer list.
  • Sara J.
    Sara JordanAugust 11, 2014
    Needs pinball, but a nice variety of games/cabinets. Of course they have change machines. Decently large selection of drinks. Obviously can get packed.
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 4, 2014
    The extras make the place such a good time, including 35 classic quarter machines (Contra, Donkey Kong, Marble Madness) and excellent events including full tap takeovers by top-notch breweries Read more
  • First We Feast
    First We FeastAugust 3, 2014
    Craft brews and vintage 1980s arcade games are a pretty flawless combo, as well as a reminder that a great bar is about more than just the names on the tap handles. Read more
  • Bill C.
    Bill CauchoisApril 12, 2014
    Between "Crystal Castles" and "OutRun", this bar has no fewer than two videogames which have inspired electronic music artists.
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 27, 2014
    Vintage arcade games and plenty of delicious beer on draft. What more can you want? Give it rating: http://bit.ly/1gk9a5g
  • Paddy
    PaddyJanuary 1, 2014
    Fun place to drink on a night out. Beers or cocktails while playing old favourites like Rampage, Ms. Pacman and Frogger.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsNovember 15, 2013
    You wont find a ton of seating at Barcade, but with over 40 arcade games lining the walls and 25 microbrewery beers on tap each night, the last thing you'll need is a chair.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MizrahiJune 17, 2013
    "Long before That ‘70s Show was a show, it was, in fact, my life. (Just substitute central Indiana for Wisconsin.) So you can imagine how pleased I was upon the opening of Barcade, a cavernous..." Read more
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SMay 21, 2013
    If you are looking for a unique and fun date spot, this is IT! They have a huge variety of fun drinks and the space in lined with retro arcade games. https://www.facebook.com/BonfireApp
  • Trevor
    TrevorMarch 12, 2013
    It's more about the bar than the 'cade with its unremarkable selection of 1980s and early 1990s arcade machines. On the plus side, most plays are great value at just 25c.
  • Olisa A.
    Olisa AdgerMarch 9, 2013
    If you're an 80s baby u will love this place. All the arcade games from back in the day. Oh yeah, great beer selection, too. Nice bartenders, helped clueless me choose the perfect beer.
  • Derf M.
    Derf MagazineFebruary 20, 2013
    Our dog just pooped and no dirty looks except from a few Huff Post people. We sent them a variety of local microbrews and picked up the poo. All good.
  • Ray L.
    Ray LinFebruary 14, 2013
    Bring your laundry quarters! Craft beers and classic arcade games. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out in the back is just ferocious.
  • Tony X.
    Tony XerrayJanuary 21, 2013
    Get $20 in quarters and blow it all away on some of the toughest games ever. Smash TV, Paperboy, Donkey Kong, Qbert, Tapper, and so much more. Be sure to have a Fishermens Brew at hand at all times.
  • Rich K.
    Rich KearneyNovember 12, 2012
    Bar + Arcade = Barcade. Is there anything else you need to know? Excellent choice if you really don't feel like having a conversation with the people you're with.
  • Adam A.
    Adam AlixOctober 6, 2012
    Qbert machine is hiding in the back between Smash TV and Final Fight! Don't use the left coin slot on it, you'll lose your quarter every time.
  • Alan M.
    Alan MooimanOctober 2, 2012
    Great craft beer selection, every few Thursdays they have a special brewery night with most taps pouring drinks from that brewer. Change machine is around the bar for games.
  • Orion
    OrionApril 8, 2012
    Warehouse bar with walls lined with retro arcade cabinets. It's exactly what you expect and you gotta love it for that. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Orion
    OrionApril 8, 2012
    Warehouse bar with walls lined with retro arcade cabinets. It's exactly what you expect and you gotta love it for that, (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkMarch 16, 2012
    This place is busiest on Fri & Sat nights, as expected. But it's rarely utilized for day time revelry. You have the pick of the litter when the sun is up. No waiting. Happy hour doesn't hurt either.
  • Amen
    AmenFebruary 28, 2012
    The Best place for a cute retro date over arcade games and beer. The Worst place for sitting down and getting cosy, as it is often SRO.
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAFebruary 16, 2012
    If the food is not the most important part of the evening.... along with good little plates and beers, this place's speciality are the arcade games along the walls! For a good night out with friends
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagNovember 10, 2011
    Kickball with a beer seem a bit sacreligious? Get over it. This bar lets you embrace your inner child—it’s stocked with vintage arcade games—while allowing you to keep a hand in your adult life.
  • raymondweil
    raymondweilOctober 20, 2011
    Bask in this cavernous, industrial-chic spot with American craft beer and an eclectic lineup of classic arcade games—everything from Centipede to Galaga. Be Independent.
  • Lorraine S.
    Lorraine SSeptember 30, 2011
    Love this place! I always make sure to go by or a visit when in NYC. Tons of craft beers on tap and all your fav 80s arcade machines at 80s prices!! (25 cents a play!)
  • Brew York
    Brew YorkAugust 3, 2011
    Check out their incredibly selection of local and American craft beer, but watch the ABV - too many big beers will seriously reduce your ability to play the first round of Q-Bert or Marble Madness.
  • Esquire
    EsquireJanuary 31, 2011
    Congratulations, you've found one of Esquire's Best Bars in America. Get a Captain Lawrence Fresh Chester pale ale and good luck getting to the kill screen in Donkey Kong.
  • Aryan J.
    Aryan JabbariAugust 25, 2010
    Imagine delicious local beer (no Budweiser, Heineken, and other crap here) mixed with your favorite 80s arcades (Punch-Out!!!, Contra, Tapper, Rampage, Tetris, Q-Bert, 1943, and more). That's Barcade.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 17, 2010
    Classic arcade games, extensive beer selection and a fun atmosphere for you, your friends and your dog.
  • Karen S.
    Karen SweeneyMarch 18, 2010
    SO MUCH FUN - 40+ microbrews, tons of old school video arcade games for a quarter and a very cool laid back vibe. Located in hipster central williamsburg but don't hold that against it! :)
  • Stevie C.
    Stevie CaldarolaJanuary 31, 2010
    25 craft beers on tap and 80s style arcade games, what's not to love?! Also- Happy hour runs 2-8PM Saturdays and Sundays
  • christian svanes k.
    grab a seat at the bar, order a finely crafted beer, pay for it, then SCREAM at the whitey customers in their hipster costumes. i mean, not to be anti-social, but come on. ; )
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DanielMarch 17, 2009
    While the other gamers are waiting in line for Galaga, Tetris, and Ms. Pac-man, get a fancy beer, some quarters, and play Tapper. You'll never beat my high score but you can try.
  • Chris O.
    Chris OLearyMarch 10, 2009
    Go for happy hour; all beers are $1 off, there's no wait for the video games, and hipsters with little knowledge or taste for beer aren't overrunning the place.
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