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Barcade drawing near

What do you get when you mix 34 video games and 25 beers on draft?

What do you get when you mix 34 arcade games and 25 beers on draft?

It's Barcade, a lively bar coming to a former electrical-supply warehouse on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown in mid-September.

Partners Paul Kermizian and Pete Langway, who have Barcades in Brooklyn and Jersey City, say they'd been scouting Philly for several years.

Over the course of a year, they scooped out mounds of debris from the building at 1114 Frankford Ave., between Girard Avenue and Delaware Avenue and up the street from the Barbary. It's a cool, old building with a vaulted wood-beam ceiling and corrugated-steel walls. They reclaimed much of the material -- wood was shaped into the bar.

Beers are all American crafts. No bottles. No cans. No TVs. Twenty-four taps, one hand pump. Menu will be sandwiches, and "snacky" finger foods. "You need a hand free for a beer or a joystick," Kermizian quipped.

The arcade list -- and games are a quarter each -- includes Ms. Pac-Man, Rampage, Tapper, Defender, Wrestlefest, Double Dragon, Donkey Kong, Gauntlet, Frogger and Tron.