Barcade: The Original Arcade Bar

Barcade: The Original Arcade Bar

By barcade_inc

October 02, 2017

1 year ago

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, Pennsylvania 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, NJ 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.

Barcade introduced pinball to its locations in 2017, and also opened it’s seventh location in Newark, NJ. Two additional locations featuring pinball will open in Los Angeles and Detroit in 2018.

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1 year ago
Boxcar in Raleigh, NC is a really cool "barcade". It is the best place to play pinball in the area to my knowledge.
11 months ago
FreePlay Arcade in Providence RI. $10 cover and everything set to free play. Classic video titles you won't find anywhere else and 7 Pins (CV, FH, MM, Pinbot, HSII, DR Who, R&B, Sorcerer). Bar and food available as well.
10 months ago
Barcade (tm) is a neat name and a great brand. However to just have introduced pinball in 2017 is a shame to see, almost a letdown really.

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