- Neighborhood: Fishtown
- 1114 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA
- Phone: 215-634-4400
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- Cuisine: Bar
- Price: $$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
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."
On October 11th, a new bar opened in the East Village section of Des Moines, Iowa. The name of the bar is Up-Down, and the concept is simple: booze and arcade games. So, the bar referred to itself as a “barcade”. But that seems to have gotten them in trouble with Barcade, the bar-arcade concept 1,000 miles away in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Read more »