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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
388 Union Ave
phone: (718) 302-6464
(Place added by: slander)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
this place has a nice sized warehouse space with about 25 arcade games lining the walls. about 24 taps. all the beers are five or 6 bucks for a pint or a 10oz depending usually on alcohol contain. wonderful place to go and chat and drink for cheap. they have no bad beers really. no pabst and such. they also have no bottles. only been here once but i figure its a really wonderful place if the turn over is good on the taps. selection was widely ranged in styles and seemed somewhat seasonal. they also had a cask. chips and jerky for food. great brooklyn poor boy nerd spot.
went back here about a year later and most of the lines were rather dirty. i was a bit disappointed.
went back again and had two beers that were mis-marked as the wrong beers from the brewery. one being a fisherman's imperial pumpkin stout at 11%abv. priced to fit too. it was the plan. SAMPLE EVERYTHING BEFORE HAVING IT.
11-25-2008 03:14:04 |
More by rtepiak
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I have to echo the previous flyer: this place is dirty, and maybe in a charming sort of a way. Glad they don't do food, because I wouldn't be chowing here. Never much for video games, I found this cavernous hall quite distracting, and will be surprised if this theme can last. Very, very dark in here. Service at the bar was prompt and helpful, and the all American draft beer list was quite limited, albeit very nice. No bottles, no imported beer. I can't give these guys a great ranking for beer selection with Sputyen Duyvil and Mugs nearby, now can I? Just not my kind of thing, but I would guess kids love it here.
06-04-2005 15:40:07 |
More by ChowHound
vibe: 1 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on a Saturday night about 10pm, so keep that in mind while reading. Barcade offers a nice selection of a variety of East Coast craftbrews, at reasonable prices, at a long bar, served by friendly and attentive staff. Unfortunately, that's about the only positive thing I can say, especially with fine places like Mug's Ale House right up the street. But if you like your beer in ear-splittingly loud, standing-room only warehouses jammed with screaming twenty-somethings (highlights included a shoving match, complete with broken glasses and beer spilled all over innocent bystanders), by all means, visit Barcade.
02-27-2006 23:17:12 |
More by McGowan
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is a great place to either go and meet people or hangout with a large group of friends. You are literally surrounded by awesome, old arcade games. This is not the place to go, just to have a beer, though. The service is slow. It's usually packed. It's a novelty kind of place, not necessarily a beer drinkers place, even though they do have a very large selection -25 beers or so.
That being said, if you go in when it isn't packed (don't go on a Thur, Fri, Sat. night meaning) you get solid service, good selection, and grab a couple of quarters and pass the time on the arcades. Or, if you like, there is a beat up old pool table in the back.
09-19-2007 20:35:21 |
More by Amalak
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Barcade is not your typical bar. You walk into a massivly large room. One would think that you were going into a club or something. There is a large bar with 16 taps and not a single macro brewery to be found. I have found some interesting stuff on there including Old Rasputin, quite the large Dogfish Head selection and others. They even have Dogfish Head's Blue Hen Vodka there. I was very impressed. Along the walls of this concete floored ex-warehouse are vintage arcade games. Everything from Rampage, to Ms.Pac-Man, to Donkey Kong and Pong. Every game is $0.25 per play and pool is only a dollar. The lights are low but it's always bustling there with wanna-be hipsters. Pretty young crowd, as you would expect from a video arcade bar. There's no food, but you can bring your own.
Overall a good time with some friends and a pocketfull of quarters.
06-07-2005 18:52:00 |
More by Buildscharacter
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $
The wife and I made this our second of two beer stops during an evening in Williamsburg. It's pretty much across the street from a subway stop and Williamsburg is a fun area to walk around if you stick to the main streets. I was pretty excited about a good beer bar that also had vintage video games. Better yet, the video games were still 25 cents and the pints were $5 - amazing prices for NYC. We were thee on a very busy Friday night from around 10 to midnight. The downside for me was that the control sticks on the 80's video games had lost their responsiveness and it took me a couple of games at Frogger just to get a feel for the controller. I gave up on Donkey Kong because the controller was in such bad shape. What the hell, it's only a quarter and they have shelves for your beer right next to the games. My other criticizim is the smoking lounge was right in front of the main, large, open, glass doors so the inside was noticably smokey. The beer selection was about as good of a domestic selection as you'll find in NYC. This really isn't saying much for those of us in pursuit of rare and superior beers. We had the Southhampton Double White, Dogfish Chicory Stout, and a Sierra Nevada Schwarzbier (my wife had the Sierra which I had never seen before). All of these beers are probably available East of the mississippi so I can't rave about the selection. The prices were right on at $5 a pint and it's a fun place to hang out in the hippest neighborhood in the world.
06-03-2008 23:01:54 |
More by Yetiman420
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Atmosphere-old dive bar, warehouse feel, lots of wood, bar is nice, all draft based with chips for food. Of course the machines are cool, I really like the wood panels in between the machines to rest your beer on.
Quality-nice mix of local (Sixpoint, Brooklyn, etc.) with some good travellers like Victory and Stoudt's, all beers served well. Maybe a little expensive at $6 a pint, but quality is good.
Service-bartenders are no-nonsense, but beers were served right. One did a nice job of breaking up a fight.
Selection-see above, again nice mix of local and outliers.
Food-nothing but chips and jerky, good munchies.
Value-beers are somewhat expensive, games are a quarter apiece.
One last thing, this bar had the potential to be incredible in terms of the arcade scene, but while the games are cheap the vast majority have some sort of control issue, I wish they were better about that. Reduced what could have been amazing to something that was fun once but one I probably won't seek out again.
03-09-2010 01:00:16 |
More by TheDeuce
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$$
This place is hard to find, but look for the Barcade sign on the ground in front. We walked into a cellar-like enviroment, which was unique and very cool. The bar is immediately on your rights and the main room is surrounded by 1980's video arcade games.
Beers were of good quality, but served in boring shaker pint glasses. 25 beers on tap and one cask. Many NYC locals as well as a good selection from New England.
Service was pretty good but not the quickest.
A unique place and a must for video game and beer geeks.
08-17-2007 01:28:54 |
More by adowney523
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A mid-December visit. This is the last of my NYC beer destination visits, after hitting Spuyten Duyvil, Blind Tiger and CB Six.
Atmosphere: The place is a wide-open warehouse, lined around the interior walls with arcade games. The bar is centrally located and is quite sizeable. The sign out front is pretty small, so you could easily miss it (as I did).l
Quality: Nice selection of beers but I didn't order enough to see diversity in glassware. The bartender was friendly.
Service: Service was fast, although the bartender did not stick around long. The place was relatively empty but he had no desire to wander the bar.
Selection: Nice tap selection, with Climax, Victory and Dogfish Head featured prominently. I settled on a cask Smuttaroni and really enjoyed it. I did not see any indication of bottles.
Value: Again, I hit the happy hour, which made prices more palatable.
12-12-2007 03:49:06 |
More by akorsak
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Final stop on a Brooklyn pub crawl.
A - A mix of gamers and craft beer drinkers with a touch of hipsters. And yet, these were all the same people. A funky out of the box concept that beckons to your youth if you grew up in the 80's.
Q - While the pours were all good, the chalkboard was a bit disorgainzied and the laminated tap list I got was a couple strikes on the first 2 things I ordered and they were out of. But glassware was correct and overall it worked out.
Ser - Made recommendations for what I should try. For a busy bar these folks were quick which was appreciated.
Sel - Great selection and plenty of options. I'm taking a little off the score as my first 2 choices were out when I ordered them. Would have made sense to update the chalkboard...
V - A little pricey because the pours on a few were 8-10oz. Now they do tell you that on their board so I wasn't surprised ahead of time. But I've seen better pricing for the same selections in Brooklyn.
A great novelty and fun to relive your childhood with beer, but I wouldn't make this a regular option if I lived close enough.
03-10-2013 20:02:44 |
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