A new Barcade, the fifth, recently opened on St. Marks Place in the East Village. When I meet here with Paul Kermizian, one of four owners of the aptly named quintet of (Bar + Arcade)s, though, my questions mostly pertain to their original location in Williamsburg.
Opened in 2004, Brooklyn’s is still my favorite of the five Barcades, where my love for Tapper began, and where I finally stopped attempting to play Paperboy, because I suck at Paperboy. It’s also still, despite increased competition, one of the borough’s beer powerhouses.
I chatted with Kermizian about Barcade’s decade-long existence and success, and its upcoming anniversary event on October 23. The menu is can’t-miss, an outstanding mix of vintages (including a keg of North Coast’s Old Rasputin aged since 2004) and exclusives (Climax Brewing made a Belgian-style dubbel specifically for the birf). This was our conversation.