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Barcade, Brooklyn

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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, Philadelphia and Connecticut, 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.

Barcade’s sixth location was opened in New Haven, CT in the spring of 2016.

While introducing a selection of pinball games to its locations during the summer of 2017, Barcade opened it’s seventh location in Newark, NJ. Arrange your visit to Barcade and discover more family-friendly attractions in Brooklyn using our Brooklyn day trip site .
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  • My wife and I like to spend a couple days checking the town, trying the beers and spirits and of course sampling the foods everywhere we go for a rock show. We stopped at Barcade just because it...  more »
  • Barcade was cool. They had all the 80s games which I grew up playing. The bar was a little gross but I’m glad we went. The bartender was super sweet and helpful!  more »
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  • This is a really fun place to hangout. There is a lot of beer to choose from and plenty of arcade games to enjoy. There are change machines to provide coins for the games. The only downside is there is not food available to order. We got menus from the bartender of nearby restaurants, who said it would take an hour to deliver a sandwich. But I get it - it's a bar, not a restaurant. We ended up getting food from the deli on the corner and bringing it in. I'd definitely go back if I'm in the area.
  • A great vibe and good music. Quality beers that are affordable. And the games are great!! The space is a little small but it's a good time.
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