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Taps: 24 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
388 Union Ave
phone: (718) 302-6464
(Place added by: slander)
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A handful of us took in the grand opening of Barcade recently. You know, Friday nights in Crummytown ain't as quiet as they used to be. Lots to do, places to go, choices, choices...
It's like a big old garage converted into, well, a Barcade. A long "C" shaped bar seats a dozen and a half with drop spot light lanterns overhead. To the rear lies a handful of booths with candle lit paper bags. 2 dozen plus old school arcade games lining the room. A row of a dozen along the far wall, another half dozen to the rear, three here, one there, another one there, a few moreabout. I'm talking Ms. Pac Man, Asteroids, Centipede, DigDug, Frogger, Tetris, Rampage, Donkey Kong, Popeye, Phoenix, Gauntlet, Bezerk, and another dozen or so. A quarter a clip, not too shabby. I lost $4 on centipede in (like) 7 minutes. Guess what? I still suck at Frogger. High scores are listed on a blackboard overhead. There's a lone red pool table to the rear, and tunes are spun via an MP3 player.
The front of the bar is a glass wall with doors that land you in a 15' X 20' space out front with a few benches and wood stumps for dirty backsliding smokers, the likes of who's Phil name I shan't mention. It was here we were introduced to the house dalmation, Teddy.
2 dozen taps, a very nice selection of mostly local & regional micros. (Brooklyn, Six Point, Southampton, Captain Lawrence, Heavyweight, Victory, Weyerbacher), regional (Magic Hat, Harpoon, Cisco, Allagash, DogFishHead), and beyond (Anchor, Flying Dog, Hair Of the Dog, Rogue, Rockies, North Coast). Regular promos, anything can happen. Their recent IPA fest found the DogFishHead 60, 90 & 120 minute IPA's on simultaneously, The Rogue promo was absolute madness and the Heavyweight Brrrcades were just wonderful. No bottles, but who needs 'em when you've got good taps? They're all lined up in a row over a stainless steel basin with a blackboard backing listing the tap selections and Xmas lighting trim. The chips, nuts and damn good jerky selections are also noted on the big board.
Barcade serves as a solid new addition to the neighborhood.
11-15-2004 05:29:58 |
More by slander
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My latest trip to NYC (Nov 05) had me meeting up with my editor and publisher, Tony Forder, of Ale Street News as part of an ASN bar crawl. I was the first to arrive and I was pleasantly surprised. The entrance is recessed from the sidewalk with only a sandwich board to announce its existance. I was really impressed by the bottle cap mosaic that is still being produced along the one wall.
Upon enetering, I was struck by both the Stygian darkness as well as its similarity to (reserved for edit) in the 'Dam (Amsterdam). It is a long, wide, empty industrial-looking space with a U-shaped bar along one-third of the right wall. The left wall is domintaed by a long continuous line of arcade video games, including Donkey Kong and Centipede, both of which my younger brother mastered as a lad. Sadly, I am not much of a video game player, so I was underimpressed by their seventeen machines, but hey, that's just me. They also have a pool table for the reality-inclined set. Finally, all of the way in the back are several restaurant-style booths.
Okay, what I am is an unapologetic beer drinker. Twenty-four taps plus a cask-conditioned beer on hand pump will get my undivided attention every time. Speaking of things that get my attention in a positive way, how about exposed ducting and painted brick walls to go with the darkness. Suffice it to say that I had a very nice time. I now pack a change of underwear for these trips. I should also mention that one of the owners is Paul Kermizian, who stars in the bockumentary, "American Beer". Thanks, Tony, for introducing me in such glowng terms.
11-24-2005 23:58:17 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
This was our first stop on a recent Bklyn/NYC crawl. True Bklyn/urban/Greenpoint feel to this joint. Grafitti, industrial, gritty, fine brew selection and eclectic bar snacks. Not sure if I'm into all the arcade games, a few more pool tables would be fine. Anyway this place is pretty dumpy, but the brew selection was impressive including one cask. Nice choices available from the typical high quality micros, Blue point, Allagash, Avery, Heavyweight, Ramstein, SHampton, Victory, DFH, and the rest. The Btender was friendly and the crowd was interesting/urban/arty etc etc, well worth a visit and only a 7 minute walk to SD
05-07-2005 00:18:36 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4
After a few Cask Ales at the rather excellent Festival being held at the Brazen Head, it was time to hit the newest bar in town, ala BarCade.
Not knowing where this is I would have easily walked past the place, but the crowd hanging around outside gravitated my interest and marked the covered alleyway entrance; well that and the fact that RokotGirl and djgonzalez knew where it was. Large glass doors provide an acoustic and hermetic seal from the outside World. Once beyond these, you are immediately thronged with a large open warehouse feel, high ceilings, brick walls and an industrial décor including the obligatory exposed HVAC systems and structural steel. Olde Worlde Arcade Games line the left hand side and back walls, a lone Pool Table resides at the back, but the important part, the Bar, sits to your right as you enter.
Once I fought my way through the assembled mass and the arguing irate Beer Geeks, I managed to grab a stool at the Bar with fellow BA Sir Rapopoda. We spied around 20 or so Taps, all dispensing on my visit, with a good range of interesting brews, including many from California I noted. For an up-to-date Beer List check out the Website. I had a few beers in here, and all were served in good condition, but the place has just opened right? so time will tell if this continues. The beer range is very good, but the lack of a Cask Ale and no bottled beers [as far as I could tell] means that it rates a 4.0 for now, nothing to get super worked up about but a damn good Beer Range nevertheless.
The Service was superb, I even had my bi-lingual BA assistant Sir MoonO translate many of my incredibly amusing Chechnian jokes to ease the burden on the hard working Bar Staff, including our favorite of the night, Miss Mean Mel, a hard task master but we managed to raise at least one smile if I remember rightly. The staff on the night of my visit was all great fun, and all had a fantastic sense of humor, unlike some of the Imbibers that night.
I am not so sure how long the Retro-Video game theme will last, and I suspect BarCade will have to work hard to maintain interest with many special events and beer theme nights, and it seems that this is already in the beerline.
This is a great place to meet a large group of people and waste the early hours of the morning drinking from an excellent draft beer list, as I did for a while. Its a really cool place to hang-out and the potential for a great night here is very high in this fun-loving arcade. New Bars are always great at first arent they? but the question is can this one keep the interest of the notoriously fickle beer geek as well as the Arcade junkies, it could so easily loose both, but I am sure it will work hard to keep them. A return visit next year is on the cards, I guess we shall see then.
Well worth a visit, and do give my regards and love to Mean Mel if you see her.
Hey, how many Chechnians does it take to change a light bulb anyway?!
Last Visit: Saturday 23rd October, 2004.
11-01-2004 05:21:21 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Just about everything that can be said about Barcade has already been said; and I hate repeating myself or someone else. But, I love Barcade!!! I wish there were some better games to play (what was the name of that tank game where you stood and looked into it? Or how about the staple... Defender?), but how can you beat a hard to find hole-in-the-wall (not far from pretty damned good Chinese take-out - and many others) that offers dozens of arcade games, CASK BEER!, and 24 other beers on tap?!? You can't! The service is good and the bathrooms are better than most. Give it a try, but don't order in any food that you can't eat standing up unless you were lucky enough to get a spot at the bar or a place to sit in back.
09-30-2006 21:39:25 |
More by NeroFiddled
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
A classy and classic bar, in a warehouse environment, surrounded by classic videogames. Hard to find by car, you must walk the block. Full on a late Monday night, with dogs (the sign says only friendly ones), some smoking, and of course about 15 taps, all interesting with Smuttynose,Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, and other mostly local states. Freshness as turnover. It is loud! and so the bartender will acknowledge you and have a friendly smile, but this is New York and there is no in-depth relationship.
01-09-2008 05:55:15 |
More by Sammy
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 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
A cool place that lived up to its billing.
Vibe is good, dark and a bit less fancy than expected with a concrete floor. Lots of bar stools, some tables and tons of '80's video games for a quarter. I guess I never played Asteroids drunk when I was younger because I know I did not suck so much then. Lots of fun though.
No bottled beer but plenty of drafts. We came in one day after a Midwest promo night so I doubt the selection of Schlafly and Dark Horse, among others, is normal. But awesome for us since we have never seen them on tap before. No bottles, or food.
Service was very friendly and attentive.
02-04-2009 19:22:37 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
This is a nice, nrewer bar in Billyburg. It's in a nice spot on Union avenue, and it is pretty easy to find and only a few blocks from the nearest train station (L-Lorimer, or G-Metropolitan). The atmosphere is neat with a good warehouse/loft vibe going on, and the whole arcade game thing as well. The quality of the beers here is top notch, and the selection is amazing. 20+ excellent draughts with stuff from SPH, and other master-class brewers. I was here for a special Heavyweight ice beer event, and all 5 of the heavyweight beers on that night were unbelievable. I hope that they will continue doing events like this again. This is a real drinking establishment, with no food available, but there are some good options in the neighberhood, and hey Spuyten Duyvil is just a few blocks away as well. A choice beer bar in NYC. Fo Shizzle.
02-28-2005 20:39:19 |
More by francisweizen
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