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Bars, Beer bars Williamsburg
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Prepare to geek out at this temple to beer and vintage arcade games: first at the 35 classic quarter machines (Donkey Kong, Galaga, Contra), then at the ever-evolving beer selection. Opened in 2004, this is the original location of the Barcade franchise that has since expanded to include bars in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The tap list changes regularly, but on a recent visit, included craft beers like Abita Honey Grapefruit Lager, Two Roads Worker’s Comp Saison and Kelso Carollgaarden Wit. Drop by happy hour (Monday through Thursday from 4–7pm and Friday from 2–7pm) for $1 off all beer, wine and well drinks.

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Venue name: Barcade
Address: 388 Union Ave
Cross street: between Ainslie and Powers St
Opening hours: Daily 12:00pm – 4:00am
Transport: Subway: L to Lorimer St; G to Metropolitan Ave; J, M to Hewes St
Price: Average beer: $7
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Do you like games? Do you like bars? Then this is the place for you! Williamsburg Barcade will always be the first and best location in this growing franchise, in my mind. Especially since many of the new ones don't have frogger. That's really all I want! And Barcade delivers! 


Barcade has several locations throughout NYC, but the Williamsburg outlet has a unique flair all its own.  The drink selection is great (I give them bonus points for nearly always having Ithaca Beer on tap) and they have some of my favorite arcade games available to play.  The space is large, but the only tables are in back, so it can be difficult to get to them when you have to fight your way through the crowd. Nevertheless, it's a great spot to spend a Saturday!

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. 

This massive spot in Williamsburg has you covered when it comes to drinking and arcade gaming. With a decent selection of craft beers at extremely affordable prices, Barcade is an extremely attractive option for a more casual night out. While this place tends to be crowded on weekend nights, there will still be a good amount of arcade machines untended. Classics like NBA Jam, Pacman, TNMT and Rampage will almost make you wish you had a coin wallet. Almost. 

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.