On Saturday, I made my way over to the newly opened Barcade in Jersey City. Let me start off by saying, I’ve been to Jersey City maybe 10 times in my entire life, despite growing up about 15 miles from it and now living about 10 miles from it in Manhattan. The neighborhood Barcade is in really reminds me of Queens, a little like Long Island City.
I got there about 10 o’clock. There was a short wait on line, about 5 minutes. You could tell people were excited about a new place to check out in the neighborhood. It’s very similar to when Barcade Brooklyn opened up. The space is large with one bar to the right located in the middle of the space. Tables set up in the middle and the arcade cabinets to the sides. Lots of the usual games you grew up playing, Outrun, Galaga, Pong, Tetris, Punchout, Ms. Pacman, etc… The clientele this evening, was probably not what you’re going to normally see. There were a lot of beer drinking “dudes” with no idea what they were drinking. There were also a lot of over dressed girls with no place better to go. I’m sure it’ll balance out, as time and the freshness passes. It did in Brooklyn.
The beers on draft were excellent, though I will say, they ran out of a lot of them, including almost all the pilsners and wheat beers. That wasn’t a surprise as you could tell there were a lot of newbies to craft beers there and generally those are the ones they tend to feel the most safe with, as was evidenced by my company for the evening, some of my cousins. But, I did get them to try some really great beers from Victory, Founders, Blue Point, Brooklyn and Terrapin. My favorite of the evening was the Terrapin Rye Squared and the Founders Red Rye. Seriously, why can’t we have Terrapin beers in NYC?
I did not sample any of the food, in fact I’m not sure they were even serving food on the night. However, the menu looks pretty good. Cheese and meat plates, pickled stuff. There is supposed to be a Nutella and bacon thing that is great. There are also a bunch of sandwiches on the menu. Like I said, looks pretty good.
Overall, a fun evening with my cousins. I’ve seen a few posts from people that live in the area complaining about how expensive the beers were, the lack of “regular” beers, the service and waiting on lines. My answer is, you’re paying for good beer at a new place. It’ll wear off, lines will get shorter, so will the wait for a beer. However, don’t expect a Budweiser, learn to drink better beer.
Thursday – A Gun In The First Act
Some old friends just came out with a new record. Pretty crazy to see how they’ve evolved as a band. I did their very first radio interview on my college radio show some 10 or 11 years ago. They are great guys and really pushing the boundaries of their sound. Check out the song. Oh yeah, and they are from Jersey. Curtains should match the drapes, right?