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Barcade in Jersey City: Where Arcade Games + Drinks Meet 

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We all remember how fun it was when we were kids and we went to an arcade to play games and hang out with friends. Games like Ms. Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and Daytona USA {because you weren’t allowed to drive} were always the best ones, hands down. But the only thing that could make these games even better as an adult, quite possibly, is booze. Enter Barcade — this Jersey City spot combines the best of both childhood and adult worlds. Keep reading to learn all about Barcade in Jersey City, where arcade game and drinks meet in JC. 

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The Drinks

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Not only are the walls filled with classic arcade games, but there is also an entire wall of beers on tap. There are 24 beers on tap and one cask beer at all times at Barcade. We’re not just talking about your run of the mill beers either.

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They serve up only American craft beers, but with a selection that big, there is truly something for everyone like the Abita Honeysuckle Saison with the flavors of sweet honey, floral hops, and citrus for the light beer drinker or the Cape May “Nitro” Honey Porter with the flavors of chocolate and coffee for something heavier. They even partner with certain breweries for exclusive drafts you won’t find anywhere else.

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If you’re not a beer drinker, however, they have a full bar of hard liquor and wine to suit any palette as well {so all your drinking needs are met}. 

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The Food 

Barcade has recently changed up the food menu to include all-time favorites like Cuban sandwiches, chorizo tacos, and bacon + Nutella toast {cue the mouthwatering}. Lunchtime is a popular time to come because they offer a killer deal where you get a beer, a sandwich, and chips for $15. Their happy hour specials can’t be beat either. From 12:00PM-7:00PM on Monday through Friday, they have drink specials which then are offered again from 12:00AM until closing on Sunday through Thursday. If you stay long enough, you could hit up two happy hours in one night and that’s just a win-win.

What Else to Expect 

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While all of this is certainly why the place gets packed, there is also one other lesser-known feature that is pretty unique, especially for a bar. Barcade is a certified green company which means that they try to have as little waste as possible. They compost what they can, straws are not offered, and they do not have bottled beers which keeps down their waste output — not many bars can say they do that.

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With a spacious seating area an outdoor seating when weather permits, the atmosphere is laid back and fun which makes for a great spot to blow off some steam and indulge in some favorite childhood games. Take note though: only those 21 years of age or older are permitted inside the establishment. If you’re interested in playing a bunch of the games during your visit, consider going during the week when it tends to be less crowded.  You’ll have no problem grabbing a beer and hitting the pinball machines.

Have you been to Barcade yet? What’s your favorite game? Let us know in the comments below! 

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As a corporate event planner, Ashley's job takes her all over the globe, allowing her the opportunity to incorporate her love of travel into her professional life. She was a Hoboken resident for 8 years before she took a quick 1.5 year intermission to pursue her dream of living in Hawaii and working at a luxury resort. In addition to trying to perfect her shaka, Ashley is usually hanging with her French bulldog Beau (he goes by Beauregard when he's feeling fancy), meeting friends out for a glass of wine, dragging herself out for a run, or working on her travel blog, The Wandering Ash.

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