Party Earth Review A mash-up of proud dorks, hipsters, and crunchy yuppies with their dogs in tow show up for a little friendly competition at Barcade, a beer bar/arcade combo featuring almost three dozen vintage arcade games. Just inside... ... read full review
388 Union Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
G, L: Metropolitan Avenue / Grand Street
M–Th 5pm–4am, F 2pm–4am, Sa–Su noon–4am
WILLIAMSBURG, NEW YORK –
A mash-up of proud dorks, hipsters, and crunchy yuppies with their dogs in tow show up for a little friendly competition at Barcade, a beer bar/arcade combo featuring almost three dozen vintage arcade games.
Just inside, an open patio offers scintillating sinners who (still) smoke a place to puff and chat beside a wall artfully bedecked in beer caps, though the real draw for retro-loving geeks is the chance to wallop the ape in Donkey Kong, slaughter the spies in Rolling Thunder, or take on a number of other games most folks under thirty probably never heard of.
When they aren’t gaming, artistic friends and grungy groups gather at the wooden bar and sip their brews, discussing plausible ways of escaping the underwater glitch level in Super Mario Bros.
This beer-heavy spot celebrates local wares with patriotic panache – only American micro brew offerings like Dogfish Head or Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – with at least twenty rotating choices on tap.
Regardless of the time, Barcade manages to straddle a few different styles to create a place where patrons can woo a fellow nerd, chug-a-lug with their comrades, or just read a book beside their pooch.
Laid-back Brooklyn locals, creative professionals, grad students from nearby Pratt Institute, gaming geeks, and down-to-earth gals and dudes in the mood for some decent beer, 20s to 30s.
Almost three dozen vintage arcade games. Sound system tends to blast loud rock from esoteric new jams to classic tunes.
Snacks including pretzels, potato chips, beer nuts, and beef jerky. Outside food welcome. Dog friendly. Happy Hour M–Th 5–8pm, F 2–8pm, Sa–Su noon–5pm.
Bar snacks $1–$4. Beer $6–$8, wine $7–$9, cocktails $7–$10+.
Schlumpy chic: tough-guy leather, retro tweed blazers, white t-shirts, skin-tight jeans, studded leggings, vintage dresses.
Friday and Saturday nights draw the expected weekend bar crowd, but really anytime is the right time to quell a yearning only alcohol and arcades can fix. Patrons can expect a wait on the games most nights after 8pm.
Fette Sau (354 Metropolitan Avenue) offers growlers of Brooklyn beer and a rotating menu of slow-cooked lamb, pork, and beef (including bellies and tails) perfect for a tasty carnivorous pre-game or to satiate booze-fueled hunger after a long night.