If you’ve ever wondered who among your friends would be the Galaga champion, head to Barcade and find out. The portmanteau name says it all: it’s a bar and arcade combined, and it’s even better than it sounds, so grab your most competitive friends for a night of beer and video games and find out who reigns supreme at fighting aliens in outer space. Even if it didn’t have any games, Barcade would be a beloved local bar, with no less than 24 craft beers on tap and generous happy hours seven days a week. But once your friends have pints of Victory Red Thunder and Founders Porter in hand, you’ll want to get blasting right away, availing yourselves of the wall of video games that call to mind shopping mall arcades of the ’80s. Saving the world might make you a bit peckish, and while they don’t serve food, you’re free to bring in something from a nearby restaurant like Forcella to fortify yourself for the next round. The industrial atmosphere leaves you plenty of room to cut loose, and the whimsical artwork on the walls—including a bottle cap mural—will remind you that this is a place to play. So save your quarters and bring your A-game to this Williamsburg institution, where you can not only toast your friends, you can zap them with lasers.


388 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211 NY

(718) 302-6464

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