Relive Your Youth at These Barcades

By: Michael Fossbakk | October 20, 2017

Even if you’re a lapsed gamer that hasn’t picked up a controller or sat down at a computer to play a game since the days of Galaga, you probably heard about Nintendo’s latest nostalgia cash-in, the Super Nintendo Classic Edition. You also probably heard about how difficult it has been to come by, much like last year’s NES Classic Edition. Unless you were lucky enough to come by either one of these, you might be looking for a way to relive the days of eight and sixteen bit video games in their original forms.

What if I told you you could relive those days in an arcade setting but with grown-up drinks? The concept of the “barcade” isn’t new or revolutionary, but they’re one heck of a good time. See for yourself as metro Detroit has some great barcades already up and running and a couple more on the way.

Ready Player One: Bar and Arcade

As with many new dining ventures, Ready Player One: Bar and Arcade came up against some unforeseen roadblocks on its path to a grand opening. But, today, Detroit’s newest barcade is officially open and if what co-owners Nick Silas, Wael Garbie and Mohamed Badaoui have promised comes to fruition, you’re going to be able to enjoy draft beer, cocktails and dining while gaming on 30 arcade cabinets and 9-10 pinball machines. Last weekend, they held a small, soft opening and the photos are stunning.

POP + Offworld

It wasn’t until recently that Offworld Arcade, the longtime pop-up barcade, shared a history with POP pizza bar. POP + Offworld is exactly that. Where Offworld frequently held pop-up events at Checker Bar in Detroit, POP + Offworld is an evolution of that partnership and is actually located on the bar’s second floor. Offworld founder Don Behm owns all of the 30+ arcade cabinets and pinball machines you’ll find at POP + Offworld. Games include Mortal Kombat II, Forgotten Worlds, Donkey Kong, Ms. Pac-Man, Rampage, Tron, Q*Bert, Gauntlet, Galaga and much more.

M-Brew

M-Brew in Ferndale houses what it calls its “Brew-Cade” in the basement of its cabin-like establishment. Here, you can enjoy tons and tons of pinball games. Plus, there is an always-rotating list of 30 Michigan craft beers from brewers across the state, making this a great stop of craft beer and classic gaming. Did I mention the delicious pizza?

DK Beercade v2.0

Now located in Terry’s Terrace in Harrison Township, DK Beercade has doubled the size of its operations, which means it has also doubled the number of games you can play. Enjoy craft beer and tons of video games and pinball machines, like Tales of the Arabian Nights, The Simpsons Pinball Party, Asteroids, BLITZ, The House of the Dead, Street Fighter II, Terminator 2 Judgement Day and more.

On the horizon…

Barcade

This appropriately-named, New York-based chain of barcades has announced it will be opening its largest location (5,500 sq. ft.) at 666 Selden St. in Detroit. Barcade is slated to open in 2018 along with a beer brewing education program from Eastern Michigan University and Northern United Brewing Co., as well as a restaurant influenced by northern Michigan called North Cookshop as part of a $20 million development plan called the Selden Corridor Initiative.

Remember to drink responsibly and plan ahead with a designated driver or take advantage of one of these local designated driving services.