Barcade in Manhattan

Barcade in Manhattan

The Original Arcade Bar.

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 and Philadelphia, 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 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.

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13 Comments

  1. Asterión B on March 30, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Enorme pero en serieh.

  2. Nightblade on March 30, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    The one at St. Marks place has machines in chronic disrepair. Enjoy trying to beat Metal Slug without a working jump button.

  3. Voyager on March 30, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    BarcadeVG

  4. Chicago Retro Gamer on March 30, 2022 at 6:35 pm

    Very cool! Got to love the barcades. Great video as well.

  5. Aarón Espinoza Castro on March 30, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Entonces de aquí salió el nombre de BarcadeVG???

  6. GeeksLifeStyle on March 30, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    The Bar in New York City that every gamer is talking about…

  7. DelNiceBeto on March 30, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    stuff like this is why i want to move to the city when i get older.

  8. White Rabbit on March 30, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    I remember these. I used to hide out in these to waste time. Gamer4life!

  9. Jaynor Diaz on March 30, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    This looks insane… so cool that Downtown Newark is getting one in 2017.

  10. K-LO Dey Know on March 30, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    Wow that place looks awesome 🙂

  11. Deleted Account on March 30, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Wow felt like i was watching a movie in the first part

  12. martin vegas on March 30, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    Are the drinks expensive?

  13. KingArcades on March 30, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Very awesome to see. Bring back the magic! 😊

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