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Bar, Pub
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Lunch, Dinner
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Gift Cards Available, Free Wifi, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed December 30, 2020

I've found that game-themed bars have become much more popular in the past few years, and I can see why: they provide a laidback, fun environment for people to hang out, without alcohol being the primary (or only) theme. Yes, it's a bar, and this...place does have a great selection of drinks, but there are so many fun games here that you could easily nurse a drink for an hour because you're so distracted by all of the fun games. Most of the games are 80s-themed, which is even better. They also have a pretty decent food menu as well. The staff were all invested in making sure that their guests had a good time, without being obtrusive about it.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 25, 2020 via mobile

Came to Barcade for their New Years celebration and had a blast! We got one of their reserved bar seat packages. Its came with food all night, arcade tokens, a t-shirt, plus open bar. The service was great and management went around asking everyone how...their experience was. Will definitely come back for another night of fun soon.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed July 29, 2019

Wow... absolutely NOTHING listed on their website about a private event only on their door and basically told my wife to go fly a kite. Happy birthday to me from Barcade. Thanks guys, zero interest in patronizing your establishments. Communication needs some serious work folks....I do private events for another establishment and this is just unacceptable.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Barcade, Owner at Barcade, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2019

Hello, We are sorry that you came upon our New Haven location without knowing about our private event. We try to notify patrons the best we can via social media and website postings. I do believe we did both prior to Monday 7/29's 12pm to...More

Reviewed June 20, 2019

Barcade offers a really good craft beer selection. You can get small pours to sample, too. But the fun is in the 80's era games. I played MS Pacman for a while in between sips. Fun for 21 and up.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed January 7, 2019

Nightlife in New Haven seems super quiet, but this bar was hopping! A TON of old arcade games, etc., and you can carry your drinks around with you as you play.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

My local friends were quite scathing about New Haven's nightlife, but this was worth a trip. There was a decent selection of arcade games and pinball machines, a really good array of booze at the bar and a few tables and stools about. It was...very busy and some shaven-haided young activists gave us a bunch of their tokens when they were leaving. It was good fun and the food on offer smelt good. My main criticism was the age of some of the games - while I completely understand the retro appeal, some of the consoles were really showing their age.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 18, 2018

Barcade has around 40-50 video arcade games and pinball machines, most of which are of the "classic" (meaning decades old) variety. You might like to revisit your gaming past by seeing or playing a few, but beyond that, Barcade isn't much more than an ordinary...bar. In keeping with their arcade game theme, they offer tater tots in Tetris shapes, a nice touch, but this and the games are not enough to make this place a must if you're visiting New Haven. There are very few tables to sit at and when we were there, they generally were not clean. This is definitely not the place to go if you are looking for a good meal with comfortable seating and the ability to carry on a conversation. It is the place to go if you want drinks in an arcade and little more. It is not for kids and the rather unpleasant bouncer at the door who checked IDs seemed to like to scowl at customers who had appropriate proof of age, as if he were denied the pleasure of keeping them out. I have no interest in returning here. Once was enough, and there are many much better pubs and restaurants in New Haven.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 26, 2018

I love this place. The prices are really good compared to other barcades. The drinks are great. (Don't know about the food since we didn't have any but looked like typical bar food). The games are awesome. But be warned they are all mostly from...the 90s, and are not the traditional arcade games you might expect to see today. So yes, some machines will be slower than others, some will be a bit dysfunctional, but overall, they are so good. Especially the pinball ones. We could have stayed for hours!More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

The place is packed with awesome video arcade games and pinball - mostly from the 1990's and 1980's. The food is ok bar food, but when paired with the games and the beer you are in for a fun time.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed October 20, 2017

Arcades have gone the way of the do-do, but not any more. Barcade brings back the arcade experience with all the games we grew up with and loved: Mrs. Pac-Man, Galaga, Street Fighter, Ninja Turtles, 6-Player X-Men, Arkanoid, Rampage, Q-Bert, Donkey Kong, Frogger, Punch Out,...Gaunlet, and many, many more. If you love arcade games, this is the place to come. There is also a nice bar, a wide variety of beers and typical bar and grill food. Settled in quaint down-town New Haven. The area is safe, and men and women alike frequent this gem. I highly recommend it for anyone who misses the old school days where arcades where the norm and sinking quarters into video games just felt right.More

Date of visit: October 2017
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Robin L
July 9, 2019|
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Response from Barcade | Property representative |
Barcade is a 21 years of age and older establishment. We do however host special family days periodically - check our website and/or follow us on social media for the next scheduled day. (Usually on a weekend - Sunday)
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4