Calling all Manhattan gamers: You’ll want to spend an hour (or two or three) playing the vintage games at Barcade’s 3,500-square-foot location in Chelsea. It might be choose what arcade or pinball game to play: The bar features old-school favorites like Galaga, Contra and Super Mario Bros, among others. As for drinks, the tap list changes regularly, but on a recent visit, included craft beers like Abita Honey Grapefruit Lager, Two Roads No Limits Hefeweizen and Dogfish Head Burton Baton. The Chelsea location also offers food. Patrons can snack on bar bites such as Philly cheesesteak egg rolls ($9), buffalo or barbecue wings (six for $10) or the house nachos topped with beer cheese, black beans, pico de gallo and your choice of pulled chicken or chili ($16). Drop by happy hour (Monday through Friday from noon–7pm) for $1 off all beer, wine and well drinks.
Barcade® is a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer. Today, there are locations in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Connecticut, owned by four friends; Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Kevin and Scott Beard.
The original Barcade was opened in 2004 in a former metal shop on Union Ave in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the time of the opening, Kevin and Scott were working in graphic design, Paul in film and television, and Pete in advertising. Paul had just completed directing the feature film “American Beer”, a road trip documentary profiling the American craft beer industry, and the friends were spending time drinking craft beer and playing the classic 1980’s video games that lined the walls of Paul’s Williamsburg loft.
Those beer and game filled nights inspired the group to open a neighborhood bar centered on American craft beer and classic video games. They quit their day jobs, maxed out their credit cards and began work on Barcade.
The friends did most of the construction themselves, keeping the look of the warehouse and garage that the space had been, and the bar opened in the fall of 2004.
The company registered a federal trademark in 2007 for the name Barcade and the rest is history....
*Happy Hour Specials: $1 off beer, wine and well drinks + Fisherman's Brew & Four Roses Shot for $10
*Lunch Special Mon-Fri: Noon until 4pm = $15 for any $7 beer, a sandwich and fries
148 W 24th St
|Cross street:||between 6th & 7th Ave|
|Opening hours:||Sun-Thurs: 12pm-2am; Fri-Sat: 12pm-4am|
|Transport:||Subway: 1, 2, F, M, A, C, E to 23 St|
|Price:||Average beer: $8|
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I'm a 90s kid and adding beer to the equation of playing nostalgic arcade games makes this place even better, I bring all my out-of-town mates here at least once. Sure it can get a bit crowded and you may have to wait for the more "popular" games but just being there and watching others perform "finish him" moves on the closest Mortal Kombat machine is thrilling enough. Remember to bring cash though as you will need this to swap your dollars into shiny tokens.
Fun place! I had a blast playing all the arcade games. Everything from Tetris to early 90s shooters. You'll definitely feel like a kid again here, but you get to drink beer! :D
This place is dangerous. Your wallet isn't safe. With such a diverse rotating beer list and a collection of vintage arcade games that will bring the nostalgia within you to a fever pitch, you're doomed to be broke. But before you reach that certain level of rock bottom, you're going to get there with a smile on your face. The jewel of this particular Barcade, without question, must be the Hologram Time Traveler. This game alone will keep you coming back. But be weary as this location does tend to get over crowded towards the weekends. So come early and double up if you can!
This was definitely a trip down arcade memory lane, with beer! My phone has better graphics than most of the games in the place, but its a great history of how video games have evolved. Playing games like Joust, Altered Beast, and Double Dragon bring me back to when those games were the top of the line. 4 player NBA Jam still draws crowds and the excitement of going "on fire" is still there. Did I mention there's beer? A great selection of craft beers to chug down between Tapper or Frogger. Also got to play the animated Dragon's Lair. Lasted about 1 minute into the game, similar to when I first tried playing it. Most games are still a quarter to boot!
What an awesome blast from the past. As soon as I walked into this place it was nostalgia overload. The whole place is filled with old school arcade games from the 1980s and 1990s. They range from Pac Man to Mortal Kombat all the way to Crazy Taxi. I mean, what is possibly better than grabbing a beer at the bar, turning around, and having your choice of 30 quarter slot classics? I was looking around the room at the pure joy on everyone’s face and briefly wondered if I was in heaven. I’d say the only draw back was just that it was super crowded and the best games required a wait. But I guess that’s unavoidable.