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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.


Derek Villorente

Saturday, July 7, 2018
If you ever wished you could go back in time to a place where you could play video games at the arcade for a quarter and listen to classic 1980's groups like Squeeze and Men at work this is the place for you. Almost all of the video games from the 1980's to the 1995 are here. If you also want a drink they have a bar too. The music selection is excellent and the place has a very laidback casual vibe to it. It can get a little crowded at times but it's worth going here.

John Harrington

Sunday, July 29, 2018
It's great! The beer selection is fantastic and there are plenty of games to try. That said, it can get really hot in the back part of the games area, though the front is nicely air conditioned.

Marc Coll Miró

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Super fun place to spend an afternoon paying old games. Amazing selection of beers. If you have no idea what to order, just ask and they'll recommend. It's also a trap because you'll get so many tokens you'll end up staying there longer than planned - not an issue though.

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

Stephen Elliot

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Classic arcade games + beer + easygoing vibes make this my favorite bar in Brooklyn. Most games only cost one quarter/token. Don't expect amusement games like air hockey or skee ball. Also, it's not a place to come for wine or cocktails.

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