Barcade in New York City
Barcade is a chain of bars with locations in New York, New Jersey and Philadlephia. The bars feature more than 30 vintage arcade games from the 1980s and draft beer from local and regional microbreweries.
The original Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop at 388 Union Avenue in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn and won immediate acclaim for its unique combination of vintage arcade games and rare American craft beers. The bar was founded by 5 friends including the filmmakers who made the 2004 documentary film American Beer about the American craft beer industry. 25 beers are available on draft and cask and are chosen exclusively from American craft breweries. The selection leans towards locals from the northeast, including Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Cape Ann Brewing, Chelsea Brewing, Dogfish Head, Victory Brewing, Climax Brewing, Southampton Publick House, Blue Point Brewing and Captain Lawrence Brewing. Highlights from the arcade game collection include Tapper, Q*bert, Donkey Kong, Tetris, , Centipede, Super Mario Bros., , Berzerk, Frogger, Rampage, Tetris and Star Wars.
Barcade first filed for a trademark of its name for use in bars and restaurants on July 20, 2007.
In 2010, it was announced that two other locations would opened by the owners, the first in downtown Jersey City, New Jersey and the second in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Jersey City location opened on April 22, 2011. The Philadelphia location opened on October 10, 2011.
Many world record holders and world class gamers can be found at the Brooklyn location. Plastic surgeon and Barcade regular Hank Chien set the world record in Donkey Kong with a score of 1,061,700 in March 2010. Chien can often be found at Barcade, practicing his skills on the Donkey Kong machine, wearing his operating scrubs.
Barcade made a name for itself being powered by 100% wind power which each of the bars purchases through green energy providers. The Brooklyn location gets its power from wind generated turbines located in upstate New York., the New Jersey and Philadelphia locations from a combination of wind generated turbines in New York and Pennsylvania.
Barcade hosts many special events including frequent "beer nights" in which beer from a specific brewery is featured on draft and cask and the owner and/or brewer of the brewery appears to answer questions and meet customers.
From 2005 to 2007, Barcade hosted an event called "Fünde Razor", an officially-sanctioned fundraising event for Penny Arcade's Child's Play in which they dedicate a special area of the bar to playing the video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Proceeds from the event go to the gaming-related charity.
More recently, an event called "Wii-mbledon" took place, in which televisions and Wii gaming consoles are set up around the bar and for a Wii tennis tournament. This event takes place around the same time as Wimbledon.
In September 2007, the owners of Barcade opened The Gutter, a bar featuring 8 regulation size bowling lanes. This was the first bowling alley of any kind or size to open in Brooklyn in nearly 50 years.