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[ Bar, Eatery ]
388 Union Ave
phone: (718) 302-6464
(Place added by: slander)
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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: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
Barcade was my favorite bar to bring friends to when they visited me in Brooklyn. Its trendy-hipster atomosphere is very laid back; people often bring their dogs right in with them, and I never once saw an argument, fight or other occur in the bar. I felt so comfortable with the safety of the place I often left my jacket and other belongings unattended for long periods of time, and nother was ever stolen or even disturbed. Besides the 20 or so craft brews on tap, almost all for $4 a pint (some for $4 for a 12oz, including some barleywines and some belgians), the main attraction is the arcade inside. I'd guess there are about 25 vintage arcade games lined up on the walls. Everything from Super Mario Brothers to Star Wars (circa 1982) to Super Punch Out (the old version with the 3D line-drawn green man), to Tapper. Yes, Tapper, the old Atari turned Nintendo (Rootbeer Tapper) game where you have to pour beer for patrons in a bar. Barcade doesnt' serve food, but their "damn Good" beef jerk was only $3 a bag, about what it costs in a convienience store, and such a good snack between pints. Overall, I'd definitely recommend stopping by this bar at least once, expecially if you are in your twenties or early thirties. The video game nostalgia alone should be worth the trip, and a good beer selection to boot makes it an all-around good time. Oh yeah! I almost forgot. They have printed menus with all the beers they currently have on tap, with the brewery names, ABV, style, and a brief description of the color and flavor of the beer. That made it really easy to plan my beer drinking accordingly, and to not have to ask the bartender for info when it was busy. Overall, I'd say it was one of my top 4 or 5 places in all of NYC to have a pint, I just wish it was in NYC and not Greenpoint, Brooklyn!
04-20-2006 11:28:28 |
More by BEERofMurphy
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
While boasting an always exceptional beer menu and an almost equally great selection of classic arcade games, Barcade is the kind of establishment that is appealing whether youre drinking alone or with a group of friends. In fact, there have been times where Ive gone to the neighborhood to meet up with friends at a different bar, but decided to drop into Barcade beforehand so as to get a little Dogfish Head Raison Detre or Climax ESB under my belt. Ive spent about the past couple of years visiting this place and I owe it a debt of gratitude for the amount of quality beers that its introduced me to.
One of the unique things about Barcade is their Beer Menu. Everyday they have 8x10 print-outs on the bar of not only the beers available, but descriptions and alcohol content of said beers. This helps greatly in figuring out what to drink, especially if youre new to craft beers and/or have never tried any of the beers on tap. If you stop in during happy hour (5-8pm) beers are $1 off, which makes an already reasonable price almost a steal considering the quality of beer being offered. Plus, being there during happy hour gives you a better chance of having a place to sit, as they do fill up fast. And by midnight, especially on the weekends, standing room is even at a premium.
I just recently stopped in with a couple of friends on December 20th for the Winter Beer Night and found the atmosphere pleasing as always. The bartenders were more or less prompt and friendly and I even found some other patrons to be congenial, which can especially be rare in these parts. Among the beers we tried were Harpoons Weizenbock and Great Lakes Christmas Ale, the former being good and the later being great. We also snacked on potato chips they had available before going to our respective homes for pizza. It was a good evening all-around.
In short, Barcade is a rare gem that in certain special ways raises the bar in what to expect from your local establishment.
12-22-2007 16:07:24 |
More by Heater
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | $$
I love this place, this is one of my favorite spots in NYC. The beer selection is quite amazing, and the video games give me something to do rather than feeling like an alcoholic and writing notes about beer in my notebook.
The only drawback is they don't serve food (they have some snacks available) which kinda sucks but what I always do is go to alligator lounge first, because you get a free personal pizza with purchase of a beer. So Barcade is usualy the second stop.
I spend way too much money here, but the prices are reasonable for NYC. Most pours are $5, some of the higher alcohol beers and casks are $6.
Great place for taking a group, as it's big. The crowd is usually chill, but not many are there for the beer. If you want a more relaxed atmosphere go during the week where the bartenders actually have time to discuss the beers.
03-28-2008 19:07:19 |
More by rgb2807
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
This place is serious, do not miss out. If you are any where near Brooklyn get your ass to Barcade. One of my favorite places in the world.
They are constantly hosting special events with the most insane lineups. I've had ridiculous vintages, drank out of a pumpkin, and some of the best casks all under this amazing roof.
You cant beat the environment and arcade setting. Couldn't be easier to get to on the subway from Manhattan. You need to go go go to this place. Do not die before reliving your childhood(with a cold beer)!
05-23-2010 21:34:13 |
More by KyleFrancis
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
The best beer bar in New York City, right in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Amazing selection, featuring TONS of local Brooklyn, Westchester, and upstate brews....Here I've tried some of the best experimental beers Brooklyn, Sixpoint and Captain Lawrence have to offer.
Plus the entire bar is lined with functional, old school VIDEO GAMES??? How can you go wrong? This place fulfills every one of my hopes, dreams, and desires.
Had my 30th birthday party here and it was a smash success with beer drinkers and non-brewheads alike. Can't recommend this place enough.
11-18-2012 22:03:50 |
More by JoeyRamon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
amazing beer selection at this new(as of 10/18/2004) bar in Billyburg, Brooklyn.From old stand by Micros like Brooklyn, Victory and Dogfish Head; to the less well known Climax and Fisherman's Brew, it's a nice mix of local and some not so local beers. Courteous bar staff with Video Games wall to wall. I thought it was quite different from the rest of the areos out there. Hope it stays unpretentious as much of that area has succumbed to it. I've heard they plan to do specialty nights and look forward to them. Well done, men.
10-18-2004 19:17:25 |
More by BeerMen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $
Went on a Saturday around 5 after we left the Brooklyn brewery. Being both a video game and beer nerd i was in heaven. Our bartender was very chill, knowledgeable and on top of shit. With 24 rotating taps and a $1 off between 5-8 you cant go wrong. Although the selection was mostly east coast stuff, they did have some west coast gems like Bear Republic. Beers were about $5-6 excluding happy hour prices. Really cant beat that. While i was there i had a Smuttynose cask of their barleywine, Rouge Hop Heaven, Capt Lawrence Smoked Porter, and too my surprise and delight Baltic Thunder which they got in the day before. As for video games they about 20 including mario, out run, punch out , cubert ghost and ghouls, zaxxon, spy hunter, contra and my favorite tapper. They also had a pool table in back. Overall, a very cool place to be a kid and enjoy great beer at a reasonable price with good people
01-16-2008 02:23:44 |
More by bonezx86
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Best selection of craft beer I have ever seen in a public establishment. I happened to catch a happy hour (running until 8:00 PM), which meant nearly everything was available in a 10 oz pour for $5.00-$6.00 ..which may not sound cheap, but is almost stealing in the context of NYC. The service was quick and attentive, which usually isn't a given if you're a guy, and/or over 30. The drafts for the night/week are up on the to be expected blackboard, but these were also printed out and left on the bar in case you were looking for a bit of a description....a nice touch since most of the brews available were new to me.
Lots on tap and lots of classic video games from the early 80s, and at 80s prices, which is also a rarity for any place that has them. Not much in the way of food, although some chips and jerky were on hand, so eat elsewhere beforehand if you're really hungry.
Not the fanciest establishment, but excellent for what it offers. They had a couple of wines (1 red, 1 white) on-hand for my wife, who isn't much of a beer drinker. Was good to see a decent-sized crowd coming in, and most of the games were in good working order. Definitely a place I would visit again...would love see something like this closer to where I live (CT). Just leave your BMC-loving friends at home...I have to say they won't enjoy this place if they are looking for "real" beer (don't laugh too hard).
12-08-2012 16:12:42 |
More by neuromancer9k
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
Simply the best! I pass it every day on my way home from work.
They have an awesome frequently rotating list of American beers and arcade games (dont rotate as much.) Atmosphere is great in the afternoon when its not to crowded and you can bring dogs. Weekend nights can get busy but still a great time. They have tons of great beer events like vintage night! Happy hours on Sat. and Sun too.
They have a chalkboard that lists hi-scores for the games and let me tell you they are ridiculous. I thought I was good at Tapper, Galaga, and Marble Madness but not even close to whats on the board. I hear the guy that has the Tapper record was playing for 7 hours!
I only wish they had a few newer arcade games like x-men. Also, if they brought in pinball and foosball I would never leave.
03-02-2012 04:46:44 |
More by Jammer42
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