Barcade® is the Original Arcade Bar: a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic arcade games and American craft beer. There are currently seven locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. All locations are owned and operated by four of the company founders; Paul Kermizian, Pete Langway, and brothers Kevin and Scott Beard along with a small group of private investors.
The original Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. At the time, 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 focused 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 previously been, and the bar opened in the fall of 2004 to immediate acclaim.
Looking ahead with plans for expansion, the company registered a federal trademark in 2007 for the name Barcade. In 2011 two new locations opened; one in downtown Jersey City and another in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Barcade opened two more locations in 2014, both in Manhattan: on West 24th Street in Chelsea, and on St. Mark’s Place in the East Village. The sixth location, in New Haven, Connecticut opened in 2016. The seventh location opened in Newark, New Jersey in 2017.
There are currently two locations under construction in Los Angeles and Detroit and others in the planning stages including a second Philadelphia location and a second Los Angeles location.
Barcade began utilizing the tagline “The Original Arcade Bar” in 2015 as a way to distinguish itself from the hundreds of arcade bars which have now opened across the United States. Many of these arcade bars cite Barcade as their inspiration.
Barcade locations typically have a full bar with a focus on craft spirits and cocktails. The menu consists primarily of sandwiches and sharable plates with creative variations of classic pub food and regional specialties. The beer selection is only American craft beer, featuring local, regional, and national craft breweries, and only on draft so as to reduce waste and energy.
The video game selection is mostly from the classic period of the early 1980’s and ranges through the early 1990’s, although there may be titles as early as 1975 and as recent as the mid-2000’s in rotation. Most locations will have between 40 and 60 games on the floor. The pinball selection includes many current titles as well as classic machines from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Barcade locations are certified green by the Green Restaurant Association, a national non-profit organization that recognizes and certifies environmentally responsible restaurant and bar operations.
In 2008, Barcade in Brooklyn was named one of the best bars in America by Esquire Magazine.
In 2013, Brooklyn’s Barcade was named the best bar in New York City by social media website Foursquare.
In 2013, Barcade in Philadelphia was named the best craft beer bar in the city by the television show Brew Dogs.
Barra Rossa is a bustling burst of Italian flavor and energy. The lively atmosphere is perfect for sharing a meal with friends or family, or for a late night snack. The dynamic bar provides a vibrant venue for sampling from a selection of 50 Italian wines served by the bottle or quartino. Begin your meal with a sampling of Italian meats, cheeses and olives. Next, try several of our signature hot and cold small plates. Then, choose from a selection of our wood-fired pizzas and pastas, or one of our signature entrees.
Creative and traditional dishes are brought to life with local and fresh ingredients. An extensive wine and specialty cocktail list pairs with each dish to complete the dining experience.
Neighborhood: Center City
Capacity: 15-160 guests 80 seated or 160 reception
Brickwall started as a simple idea to create a place to eat a really good hamburger and drink a really good beer and feel comfortable doing it. We wanted a place where everyone felt welcome and could be themselves. No gimmicks. No pretenses. A place that gave it to you straight. But we were looking for something that didn’t exist. So we built it ourselves.
Everything from our name down to our smallest interior detail is designed with this purpose in mind. There’s an integrity around telling it like it is. And that integrity has been fundamental to our success over the last decade. We’re here for everyone that appreciates a quick wit and a salt-of-the-earth atmosphere. We’re not trying to be something we’re not. We’re just fat and happy.
Capacity: 25-450 guest 150 seated or 450 reception
Guten tag bier-drinkers, sausage, kraut, pretzel and schnitzle-eaters. Cocktail-sippers, shot-takers, happy-hour-enjoyers, we didnt’ forget about you. Germans never forget.
Wilkomen to Brü Craft & Wurst, an indoor bierhall and wursthaus in the middlest of Midtown Village on Chestnut and 13th in Philadelphia.
Acthung! We have 39 drafts loaded on tap with a full blitz of domestic and import bottles. Our food is not for the faint of appetite. Come by yourself or bring your friends, so long as they are strong.
Neighborhood: Center City
Capacity: 20-250 guests 110 seated or 250 reception
Escape across the globe with Modern Asian cuisine.
While the magnificent, 10-foot-tall Buddha is likely the first thing to catch your eye, it’s the Modern Asian cuisine that will leave a lasting impression. Beloved dishes like edamame dumplings, char siu pork buns and Kobe beef satay share menu space with ambitious entrees that marry daring influences from East, West and beyond. Whether you’re craving a cutting-edge Asian-influenced cocktail, a bento box lunch or a full dinner seated at our dramatic communal table, let Buddakan help you escape across the globe — if only for an evening
Neighborhood: Old City
Capacity: 24-250 guests 185 seated or 250 reception