By Martin Ramone Delossantos
Barcade is an adult Toy land. With a great selection of classic arcade games like Miss Pacman, Teenage Ninja Turtles, Tapper and much more. At the old school cost of 25¢ per game you can play all evening if you are skilled, and without going broke like in the casinos and much more fun. With their large selection of American Craft Beers on tap, a full bar, and sandwiches that border on gourmet you have a winning evening. It is accessible by Path train, stopping off at Grove Street and walking a few blocks.
Barcade is a welcoming Night Spot because it can be a relaxing place if you’re alone, or a pumped up night competing with friends. If you are going to unwind grab a game machine, a comfy seat, and order up a tasty treat…don’t forget the cash.
The place looks very casual, and the ambiance reflects it. The wooden bar is the focal point where you can have your drinks, and meet new people, or just hang out with old ones exchanging who has the best scores.
Barcade is the dream child of Paul Kermizian, and four close friends. Barcade first opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2004 because the parners lived there thus making the location a practical choice. Since boyhood Paul loved playing arcade games. After seeing an ad for an old game for sale he purchased and was hooked.
A few arcade machines later his apartment became his personal arcade. Soon he noticed at his parties the guests were lining up to play his games. The friends realized by combining classic arcade games, and good beers could be a fun business. Investing all their savings, and maxing out credit cards while doing all the renovation they were able to open their first Barcade.
It proved to be a wise investment at the right time. In 2011 the partners decided to open two more Barcades one in Jersey City, and another in Philadelphia. The Barcade formula is successful because it is a fun place for an adult to be a kid again.
Must Be 21 or over to enter
Upcoming Events: Beer Nights
Kane Brewing Co. Sept. 26th—6pm
Oskar Blues Co. Oct. 10th—5pm
163 Newark Ave.
Hours: Mon–Thurs, 4pm–2a; Fri–Sat, 12pm–3am; Sun–12pm–2am