Barcade To Open Second Philadelphia Location On Chestnut Street

Get ready to enjoy classic games and fresh brews on tap in Center City.
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The New York based adult arcade is finally planning its second location in Philadelphia.

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Barcade is a popular arcade/bar fusion concept has been slowly expanding ever since it launched in 2004 in New York. Featuring dozens of classic old-school arcade games, Barcade invites guests to revel in the nostalgic joys of the halcyon days of arcade gaming while enjoying fresh and local brews on tap.

Barcade launched its first Philadelphia location, and third location overall, in Fishtown in 2011 to strong success. Today the brand now boasts nine outposts across the country, including locations in Detroit, LA, New Haven, Newark, and Jersey City. Now, Barcade will be opening their second Philadelphia location, this time moving to a new space in Center City at 1326 Chestnut Street.

The new Barcade will be opening up in a historic building designed in the late 19th century by acclaimed architect W.G Hale. The space boasts about 8,000 square feet of space, including a 3,300 square foot ground floor, a 2,300 square foot mezzanine, and a 2,600 square foot basement.

Unlike the Fishtown location, Barcade Center City will feature a full kitchen on the ground floor, serving traditional American fare like burgers and fries, as well as a full bar offering roughly 24 unique draft beers. The new Barcade will feature over 70 different gaming titles, 20 more than can be found in the Fishtown location. Barcade is also a member of the Green Restaurant Association, so the new space will be significantly reducing its waste by limiting plastics and refusing to sell canned and bottled beers.

Barcade CEO and Co-Owner Paul Kermizian told the Philadelphia Business Journal that the team has been wanting to capitalize on the Fishtown location’s success by debuting a second outpost closer to Philadelphia’s downtown area. According Paul, the team hopes to have the new Barcade operational and ready for guests in early 2023. For more information and future updates, you can follow Barcade on Instagram.

Jake Rogers

Jake Rogers is an author and playwright based out of Brooklyn, New York. A lively performer who is deeply passionate about history and literature, outside of his reporting he also produces short films and plays with his theatre troupe, the LSTC. He is currently producing a web series about a butterfly and moth who are roommates that will be released later in the year.
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