Barcade

Barcade

Bar and Arcade · East Williamsburg
388 Union Ave (btwn Ainslie & Powers St), Brooklyn, NY 11211, United States
Hours:
Closed until 4:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 4:00 PM–4:00 AM
  • Fri
    • 2:00 PM–4:00 AM
  • Sat–Sun
    • Noon–4:00 AM
Price:
$$$$
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express & MasterCard)
Outdoor Seating:
No
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes

The Original Arcade Bar - Since 2004! HAPPY HOURS: MON-FRI until 7pm — $1 Off Beer, Wine & Well Drinks

9.1/10

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    Stefano C.
    "Amazing place packed with arcade games and a great beer selection."(50 Tips)
    Joshua D.
    "Video games for a quarter and awesome beers."(30 Tips)
    Contiki Holidays
    "Frogger is a lot harder than imagined and Tapper is a fun favourite."(12 Tips)
    Ed M.
    "awesome beers and play Ms. Pacman"(11 Tips)
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  • First We Feast
    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 · August 4, 2014
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  • Daniel W.
    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.
    Daniel W · September 16, 2014
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  • First We Feast
    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
    First We Feast · August 3, 2014
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  • Gothamist
    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 · July 15, 2015
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  • Tony X.
    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.
    Tony Xerray · January 21, 2013
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  • Vuk M.
    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.
    Vuk Milanovic · October 21, 2015
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  • James M.
    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.
    James Marshall · October 16, 2015
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  • EchoDA
    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
    EchoDA · February 16, 2012
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  • Lauren S.
    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
    Lauren S · May 21, 2013
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  • Dee Phunk
    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.
    Dee Phunk · March 16, 2012
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  • Aryan J.
    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.
    Aryan Jabbari · August 25, 2010
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  • Olisa A.
    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.
    Olisa Adger · March 9, 2013
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  • Serious Eats
    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.
    Serious Eats · November 15, 2013
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  • Lorraine S.
    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!)
    Lorraine S · September 30, 2011
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  • Karen S.
    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! :)
    Karen Sweeney · March 18, 2010
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  • Louis M.
    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.
    Louis Matta · September 1, 2014
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  • Alan M.
    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.
    Alan Mooiman · October 2, 2012
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  • Jennifer D.
    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.
    Jennifer Daniel · March 17, 2009
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  • raymondweil
    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.
    raymondweil · October 20, 2011
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  • Will S.
    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.
    Will Scholl · August 26, 2014
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  • 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. ; )
    christian svanes kolding · April 28, 2009
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  • Marc M.
    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.
    Marc Mayer · July 31, 2015
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  • Stefano C.
    Amazing place packed with arcade games and a great beer selection. Bring some $25c and try out Rampage or Tetris.
    Stefano Calzolari · October 2, 2014
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  • Paddy
    Fun place to drink on a night out. Beers or cocktails while playing old favourites like Rampage, Ms. Pacman and Frogger.
    Paddy · January 1, 2014
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  • Rich K.
    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.
    Rich Kearney · November 12, 2012
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  • Brew York
    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.
    Brew York · August 3, 2011
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  • Gothamist
    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
    Gothamist · June 24, 2015
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  • Bill C.
    Between "Crystal Castles" and "OutRun", this bar has no fewer than two videogames which have inspired electronic music artists.
    Bill Cauchois · April 12, 2014
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  • Derf M.
    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.
    Derf Magazine · February 20, 2013
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  • Chris O.
    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.
    Chris OLeary · March 10, 2009
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  • Men's Health Mag
    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.
    Men's Health Mag · November 10, 2011
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  • Sara J.
    Needs pinball, but a nice variety of games/cabinets. Of course they have change machines. Decently large selection of drinks. Obviously can get packed.
    Sara Jordan · August 11, 2014
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  • DJ C.
    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)
    DJ Colwell · December 15, 2015
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  • Mike O.
    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.
    Mike O'Sullivan · August 1, 2015
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  • Hector T.
    The St. Marks venue has fighting game (Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat) -- which are NOT here. Beer selection is decent, but less fun vibe.
    Hector TheGreat · August 1, 2015
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  • Alex M.
    "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
    Alex Mizrahi · June 17, 2013
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  • Amen
    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.
    Amen · February 28, 2012
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  • Akira K.
    Excellent selection of beer on tap and pretty balanced game collection, although it used to be better when this was the only Barcade.
    Akira K · 3 weeks ago
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  • The Corcoran Group
    Classic arcade games, extensive beer selection and a fun atmosphere for you, your friends and your dog.
    The Corcoran Group · August 17, 2010
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  • Esquire
    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.
    Esquire · January 31, 2011
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  • Adam A.
    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.
    Adam Alix · October 6, 2012
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  • Wyngspan
    Vintage arcade games and plenty of delicious beer on draft. What more can you want? Give it rating: http://bit.ly/1gk9a5g
    Wyngspan · January 27, 2014
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  • Trevor
    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.
    Trevor · March 12, 2013
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  • Boris J.
    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
    Boris Jones · April 8, 2015
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  • Kevin R.
    The original Barcade. It could get crowded, but there is always a great beer selection and all the classic arcade games.
    Kevin Rickert · January 10, 2015
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  • Stevie C.
    25 craft beers on tap and 80s style arcade games, what's not to love?! Also- Happy hour runs 2-8PM Saturdays and Sundays
    Stevie Caldarola · January 31, 2010
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  • Orion
    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 · April 8, 2012
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  • Ray L.
    Bring your laundry quarters! Craft beers and classic arcade games. Mike Tyson's Punch-Out in the back is just ferocious.
    Ray Lin · February 14, 2013
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  • Orion
    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 · April 8, 2012
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  • Zack F.
    Awesome rotating drafts and top notch snacks. Go on like a Wednesday and you'll be able to play any game
    Zack Franciose · February 11, 2015
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