“I was working freelance, as were my friends in our respective fields,” said Kermizian. “We grew tired of it and decided to just go with our dream and take the risk to open the bar.”
Barcade is a lofty-like space with plenty of room to sit back and relax. There are 30-plus arcade style games – which cost only a quarter - along the walls and cheap, draft-only American beer from breweries in the Northeast.
“The idea of the place was to combine craft American beers with vintage games, hence the name Barcade,” added Kermizian.
Barcade has a beer menu that changes daily, but some brands are on a constant return. Kirmizian added that the goal of the rotating menu is to keep customers up to date on the many different beers and specific brewers. And just like the menu, the arcade games change as well.
The owners all live in Williamsburg, so it makes coming to work an easy process. The bar tends to attract people in their late 20’s and early 30’s, or as Kermizian says, the types of people who grew up on the games Barcade features. And their varied selection of draft beers is also a key role in bringing customers back.
“Our many different beers and classic-style gaming attracts a great, mixed crowd,” said Kermizian.
Barcade is located at 388 Union Avenue. More information can be found here.