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388 Union Avenue


The Original Arcade Bar

Barcade is a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer. There are locations in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, 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 Avenue 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. They expanded in 2011, opening two new locations; one in downtown Jersey City and another in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

In 2014, Barcade opened its fourth and fifth locations, both in Manhattan, on West 24th Street in Chelsea and on St. Mark's Place in the East Village.


Dominic De Martini

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Great place to have a fun night out. During the weekend it gets pretty crowded but there is rarely a line for the majority of the games. Some games however are clearly the most popular and require a long wait. ¢25 per play, can’t go wrong there. All your favorite vintage games like asteroids and dig dug, not too many new games but I guess the purpose is to have the nostalgia feel. The bar itself has a large beer selection but otherwise it’s the basics

Tajme Alam

Friday, May 25, 2018
Arcade games and beers.. whats more to say.. this place is awesome.. good price drinks.. games r super cheap..get drunk and then vs each other in random games.. get more drunk.. more games.. more drunk.. and when you get too drunk 24 hour diner down the block ..

Aaron Froemming

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Out for a night of drinks and fun, we decided to stop by Barcade. Loved the atmosphere. Decent drink prices, and of course, the games. It was fairly packed, but it wasn't usually a long wait to get into a game.

Jake Wechsler

Friday, June 15, 2018
Super fun spot with tons of retro games. One of the more unique places I have been to. Loved all the graffiti on the walls

Yuval Giveon

Thursday, April 26, 2018
Huge selection of draft beers. Cool vibes with old school video games. Surprisingly good food! Friendly stuff and inexpensive game tokens make this place a true Williamsburg gem you can spend hours in easily!

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