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 A Jezza top pick Alex Honorable Mention Regularly has real ale

388 Union Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11211



Open 1600-0400 Mon-Thu, 1400-0400 Fri, 1200-0400 Sat/Sun.

Handpumped Cask Beers: 1
Craft Keg Taps: 24

Beers: Cape Ann Brewery plus many rotating domestic guests.

Nearest subway: Lorimer St(L), Metropolitan Ave(G)


Industrial space with 25 craft taps and as many retro video games.

L train to Lorimer Street or G train to Metropolitan Avenue (same station complex), head south on Union Avenue to just past Ainslie Street.

Alex says

This is the original Barcade which is situated in a former vehicle repair garage. It’s cavernous and industrial, even down to a sealed concrete bar surface that could double as something out of a morgue. The whole concept is of 1980s era arcade games and all American craft beers plus a cask. There are no bottles whatsoever, nor are any of the taps wasted on mass produced stuff – meaning all the kids that come in to play the games have to drink craft if they want beer, which has probably introduced thousands of twenty-somethings on to the better things in life. There’s plenty of space but it can get very busy with a mainly young crowd, especially weekend evenings. There are occasional tap takeovers and theme nights. While the taps are all great, a proportion tend to be mainly from certain breweries which seem to have dedicated tap lines or at least are committed to a regular supply. No wifi. (1/2015)

Jezza says

Outstanding Williamsburg beer bar with retro video games and great beer. C.25 drafts, including many really excellent choices and periodic special events. One of the top 3 bars in NY in my view.

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