Boston Could Get Craft Beer Bar With Arcade Games

Barcade may come to BostonBoston Magazine’s Steve Annear reports that Boston could soon get a Barcade, a casual craft beer bar mixed with classic video arcade games. The founders have been looking into expanding and a location in Boston, Cambridge, or Somerville is something they’ve been eyeing.

The original Barcade started in Brooklyn in 2004 after Kermizian and friends were having drinks at his house—a place where a couple of classic games were set up—when suddenly, “a light bulb went off.”

Such a new bar establishment would require special permission from whichever local licensing authority (Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, etc) it would choose to establish itself in in the Boston area.  Boston Magazine addresses this issue.  In a call made to Boston’s licensing officials showed that in order to set up shop in the city,

Barcade would need to seek approval for a beer-pouring permit from the Licensing Board, as well as an entertainment license for the games from the mayor’s Office of Consumers Affairs. But that’s something the brains behind the Barcade scene haven’t started digging into just quite yet. “Every city has its own arcade laws and liquor license laws, which can be challenging in its own right, so it’s not something we have even looked at it in terms of Boston yet,” says Kermizian.

The company, with locations in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Jersey City, and Manhattan (opening soon), is enthusiastic about opening a Boston location.

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