Prepare to geek out at this temple to beer and vintage arcade games: first at the 35 classic quarter machines (Donkey Kong, Contra), then at the ever-evolving beer selection detailed on a chalkboard above the bar. Owner Paul Kermizian stocks only American beer, with 75 percent of his haul hailing from the Northeast. But despite constant lineup changes, he manages to maintain remarkable stylistic balance—on the 24-tap draft list, you might see a crisp Victory pilsner alongside a diverse trio of stouts and a yeasty black ale from New Hampshire’s White Birch Brewing. Bimonthly events include tap takeovers that give patrons access to the full range of offerings from a single producer.
388 Union Ave
|Cross street:||between Ainslie and Powers Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 4pm–4am; Fri 2pm–4am; Sat, Sun noon–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Metropolitan Ave|
|Price:||Average beer: $8. AmEx, MC, V|
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Average User Rating
4.2 / 5
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The first time I stepped into a Barcade, I thought "Is this heaven?" and its close...They have a ton of classic games from your childhood and you'll find yourself snapping a ton a photos to send to your old friends "Remember this!?!" And you can play them all with a pint in your hand, which isn't half bad. What keeps them from five stars for me is it is always so packed, and there are a few games that you will just never get on unless you are comfortable watching someone else play for an hour and then pushing the rest of the waiters out of the way. And also, they place could use a better ventilation system...
Barcade is always busy, but for good reason. It's rare that you can find so many classic, nostalgic arcade games from your childhood in one place. And of all places....A FREAKING BAR. Although it is a little bit antisocial, the games do strike up quite a bit of friendly banter with other people in the bar which is nice. As far as a bar goes it's pretty basic - although there's a fairly extensive beer selection, the bar is pretty stale and not a place you'd really want to spend much time, unless you were playing games. Although with NBA JAM on offer, why wouldn't you be playing games?!
A really great place to start the night and get your happy juices flowing. These old school games are just as fun as anything on the market today and make having a drink with friends extra fun. I felt like the vibe was a little stale as there wasn't much music to my recollection and people are quite consumed with the games. However, a great starting point to the night nevertheless.
Barcade certainly wasn't the first business to realize that vintage arcade games are fun to play while you're sipping a beer, but the WIlliamsburg location was the first bar + arcade establishment I visited. The concept might not be as novel as it once was, but I'm consistently impressed by the shifting game selection and rotating drafts available at this Brooklyn haunt. You're laundry can wait while you use those quarters to set the latest high score on Ms. Pac-Man.