Barcade

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I’m not a gamer, by any means. But, as a kid I definitely got down with some old school Mario and Duck Hunt. And, I still find something pretty charming about arcade games. But, you can’t find a lot of places in NYC to take part in a round of Ms. Pacman. Years ago, I went to a bar in Brooklyn that brought the two worlds of bars and arcades together. Now, Barcade has a new location in Chelsea. 

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With dozens of games to choose from, there’s something for everyone, even the non-gaming type. Who would say no to some Donkey Kong? And, for bragging rights, there’s a “High Score” board on the wall. 

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Of course, they’re a bar too, but in addition to a full bar, they also have food, serving typical bar fare with a twist. As a snack, we got some of their Tater Tots “California Style”. Now, I can’t be for certain as to what California style tater tots are, but, I will say they were good. Piled high, the tater tots were golden brown and crisp on the outside. Then, a layer of a sort of special sauce, that I might describe as a cheese sauce meets gravy with a bit of tang, is poured on top. But my favorite part about the basket was the thinly sliced shreds of perfectly caramelized onions. 

The Shorts:
Name: Barcade
Location: 148 West 24th Street, NYC
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, it’s a novel place for me, but there’s such a relaxed atmosphere, that, you can almost forget there are video games if you’re just into grabbing a drink or snack at the bar. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, especially for those that do enjoy the arcade atmosphere. And even more for the competitive type. Get your name on that High Score board. 

 

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge

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If you’re looking for somewhere to go out at night, and thinking to yourself, “Self, where can I go out that is both the most bizarre place I’ve been to and also the most amazing?”, well, then you can just go to Bubba’s in Portland, ME. If you’re into dancing, you’ll definitely want to check this spot out, mainly because they have a lit-up dance floor, made for dancing. And, you don’t have to be a good dancer either (although I did witness some pretty decent breakdancing), you just need to have fun. 

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There’s also a back bar and separate room, for more dancing. And, if you’re not really into dancing, there are cushion swivel bar seats and booths near the main bar area. Oh, and, it’s hard not to notice, upon entrance and throughout the entire bar, all of the insanely random and weird $h!t all over the place. We’re talking puppets, metal lunch boxes hanging from the ceiling, old antique items, frames, lamps, pretty much everything. Basically, it’s amazing. 

The Shorts:
Name: Bubba’s Sulky Lounge
Location: 92 Portland Street, Portland, ME
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Definitely. It’s a little off the path of some of the other bars, but, you could pretty much spend most of your night there anyway, so, no need to hop around. 
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s at least worth checking out. Dance a little, have a drink, go nuts. There’s usually a small cover charge, so, just have a few bucks on you before you go.