- Neighborhood: Fishtown
- 1114 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-634-4400
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- Cuisine: Bar
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
People always ask me to name my favorite bars in Philly. But because I live in East Philly (AKA Camden) I don’t have an urban neighborhood bar to default to and I find myself jumping around a lot instead of repeat visiting. But there is one bar that I end up at more than most and that’s Barcade.
A few years ago, I told someone I lived on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. Their response was to grill me on the status of then newly opened Barcade.
“I mean, what kind of bar is it?”
“I don’t know,” I said. “A bar with arcade games.”
“Yeah, but like… who goes there?”
“But what kind of people?”
“I don’t know. People who like arcade games?”
“Yeah, but like… hipsters?”
Yesterday Curbed Philly had an item breaking down and explicating New York imports that have made it here and those that haven’t. Sandy Smith touched on this in a column for PhillyMag.com about the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, which he attributes, in part, to its NYC branding. Those transplants that haven’t flaunted their New York-ness do better, Smith said.
Here’s what Curbed’s Tishon Woolcock had to say:
Brooklyn Flea/FAIL: “Has anyone mentioned the fact that Philly already has great flea markets and thrift shops?”
3rd Ward/FAIL: “Reportedly, mismanagement – more than a move to Philly – was responsible for 3rd Ward’s undoing”
Shake Shack/SUCCESS: “Philly has little beef with the chain’s arrival”
Barcade/SUCCESS: “The friendly staff, inviting decor, plus games and craft beer make Barcade an excellent addition to the city’s bar scene.”
Fette Sau/SUCCESS: “A year in, the brisket is still selling by the pound.”