Beer and Bubble Bobble at Barcade

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Pop-up bars and restaurants are all the rage with hipsters at the moment, which is generally reason enough to wholly ignore them. This one that I’ve seen floating about on the internet for the past few days though is one worthy of attention, as it combines two of our greatest loves; beer and games.

Called Barcade, it brings together the fantastic union of overpriced alcohol and under-priced arcade games. Opening at the Alexander Theatre in old JHB’s Braamfontein on September 26, the bar will only be there for 3 months before its gone, moving to some other part of the country where hipsters are likely to gather, or disappearing in to the ether completely.

It’ll play host to 10 arcade machines that are likely illegally hosting unlicensed roms. That’s okay though because you’ll be able to play all of them for gratis, getting your nostalgia on in games like Bubble Bobble, Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and Pac-Man.

Food, in the form of US-centric bar snacks, will be supplied by the folks from market favourites Taylor’s Good Food which you may have never heard of unless you have a waxed moustache, ride a bicycle and own a vintage tweed jacket. Still, seems like a good time; good games, good food and good booze.

We got wind of this from two popular local blogs, who seem to have received the same press release and a thesaurus.

Here’s what MyCityByNight had to say:

Barcade is a new pop-up bar and video game arcade with a focus on retro games, craft beer, premium drinks and classic American bar food that is scheduled to open at the end of September. The pop up is set to call Braamfontein in Jozi home for around 3 months and is something that most people are probably going to really enjoy, considering that it combines pretty much everything that was good from the 1980?s into one new, shiny package.

While the folks at We are Awesome said something completely different:

Barcade is a new pop-up bar and video game arcade in Johannesburg, that concentrates on retro games, craft beer, premium beverages and fantastic American bar food. The pop-up bar will be situated in Braamfontein for about 3 months, and is something that most individuals are likely going to truly delight in, considering that it joins about everything that was great from the 1980?s into one new, glossy bundle.

More info at BarcadeJozi.

Last Updated: September 17, 2014

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Jedi Consular Kromas

    Seems fun. I might pop in with some friends and then trash them at Street Fighter for free drinks. 😛

  • lulz, taking some potshots at the other blogs for posting press releases :P.

    I’d love to know how the guys behind the idea forgot to send the PR to gaming sites? I mean… wouldn’t that have occurred to them at some point?

    • Lord Chaos

      Wouldn’t that be too mainstream?

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Why don’t you ask your resident hipster?

    • Gaming sites don’t show up on iPhones.

      • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

        But I’m using my iPad to post this. And all the really hip hipsters have iPads. It’s known.

        • iPads work 😉 Trololo

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          So you are a hip hipster? Hurrah!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          When you say “laptop” you mean Macbook right?

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            No. 🙁

    • Jedi Consular Kromas

      Maybe we are too PC Master Race for them to think we will play arcade games? 😛

      • But aren’t those the majority of all your backlog? trololo

        • Jedi Consular Kromas

          Yeah I still need to finish Tetris but I am waaayyy too busy enjoying another nibbles playthrough.

          • HAHAHA!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            So’s Umar I think, he’s always carrying on about Snake, SNAAAAAAAAKEEEEE

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        PC Master Race doesn’t need them anyway, MAME & cheap drinks in the comfort of your own home.

    • Hammersteyn

      They asked John to do it, who’s John? Exactly

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I like to learn something new every day… why did today’s lesson have to be “what is a pop-up bar or restaurant”?

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Ditto dude

    • Viking Of Science

      “You will not find a more wretched hive of scum or villiany, than a pop-up bar.”

      • Lord Chaos

        You clearly haven’t been to Loftus. 😛

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          Replace Loftus with Lords*

    • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

      Is it okay that I still don’t know what a pop-up bar or restaurant is? Also, since they’re co opting already licensed establishments, aren’t they more like “changed theme and name bar or restaurant”?

      Like giving a facelift to an aged and outdated celebrity?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        No it’s not okay. Geoff worked hard to express his disdain so eloquently, and you don’t even read it. Shame on you!

        • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

          No! No! No! He tells us that they are all the rage, but he doesn’t really provide me with any sort of useful definition. I assume they pop-up places they’re not wanted? Or do they just surprise people (like they pop-up from behind your mums pot plant and then get you wasted)?

          *edit: Although I’m very well versed in what a Barcade is. But not what the parent Pop-up Bar is. Assume I live under a rock. 😛

          • Viking Of Science

            That sounds kinda “rapey” though….

          • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

            Well Wikipedia says that pop up bars/restaurants are not really all that new and that they’re popular in the US of A as well as Cuba. So assume that when the pop-up bar pops out from behind your mums pot plant, it’ll not only have great alcohol, but also tons of pure cocaine.

            That’s not “rapey”, it’s just considerate. 😛

    • Jedi Consular Kromas

      I would have thought it would be something like pop up video. You walk in and a little pop up appears with useless facts about bar entrances and so forth.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        I thought it was because they’re filled with cardboard cutout caricatures of real people.

        • Jedi Consular Kromas

          Nah they actually have hidden XBones inside so the NSA can spy on our drinking habits.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Consular nogals ne?

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            I am a diplomat at heart. At least when it comes to issues of galactic importance.

            I also had to very diplomatic with my pc so it would at least try to run KotoR.

            Time for that game to get an HD facelift.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Dude, I actually started up KotOR2 this week, with the restored content mod and the droid planet. Giving this a go!

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            I played about 3 hours of KotoR last night. My leave is kicking in next week so Ill have some splendid gaming time while I wait for Dragon Age. Already got KotoR 2 prepped and ready to go once I finish 1.

          • Admiral Chief Assassin

            Have you got the Restored Content Mod? What about the droid planet?

            (Doing Male Guardian currently, still Peragus)

          • Jedi Consular Kromas

            Yeah I just googled “Top 5 Kotor 2 mods” and downloaded those. 🙂

  • Admiral Chief Assassin

    Since I have not seen the inside of any bar/club for some ages, I have a question:

    What is the going rate for the following drinks:

    – Dubbel brannas and coke
    – 500ml mug of golden deliciousness
    – Average shooter

    Reason being I get my drinks for free at work, so I have no idea what things cost

    • Lord Chaos

      Round about the price of a Steam special

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        lol that’s a good way of looking at it. 2 beers or Tomb Raider? No wonder I’ve (almost) stopped drinking.

        • Mossel

          I calculate everything in terms of draughts.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Ah, so I’ve not been missing out by going out in this mad place called “public”

    • Mossel

      Cant comment on brannas filth.
      But a good brewski will set you back anything from R20-R40 for 500ml. Depending what and where you buy. Shots should be about R10-R25 for jaggermeister.

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        I’m happy! The more people buy Jägermeister, the nicer toys I get in my server room and office!

    • Brady miaau

      “Reason being I get my drinks for free at work, so I have no idea what things cost”

      Take home or drink at work? Or certain days? I worked at a place once that had a pub that opened at certain times and the drinks were stupidly cheap, but not free

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        …staff account

  • AHAHAHAHAH! Nice.

  • SargonTheGreatPandaOfAkkad

    I feel like this sort of event would fit in perfectly at the Old Biscuit Mill….

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    But seriously, is it as cool as this place?

    • Probably considerably fewer LAYSSERRR LAAAIIIITTTS

      • You mean LAAATEEESS?

      • Admiral Chief Assassin

        Does this place even still exist?

        • Admiral Chief Assassin

          (website dead, so I’m assuming dit het sy gat gesien)

    • Hammersteyn

      INTERACTIVE COUNTERS!

    • Admiral Chief Assassin

      Teh lolz!

  • Brady miaau

    Ah, bubble bobble. I sucked at that game, but I played and played and played and played and played. It helped me understand I have very little patience and tolerance for mistakes.

    May be worth popping round, ordering a neat milk and having a go.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Wow, those tags HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Guild

    Sounds like plans for an evening out

  • Ross Woofels Mason

    So these are basically Shabeens for people with money?

  • brad coetzee

    http://barcadebrooklyn.com/about/faq/

    Last two questions………name is Trademarked so I recommend they change the name from Barcade to “Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.”