Six years ago, Billy Blatty invited Miles Tully Jr. to Dallas to check out his establishment, Barcadia.
"He asked me if I would be interested in managing the concept if it came to New Orleans," Tully says. "I said no, but I would be his partner." He is now operating partner of Barcadia New Orleans (601 Tchoupitoulas St., 504-335-1740; www.barcadianeworleans.com).
Part gastropub, part arcade, Barcadia is a place for your inner child, Tully says. "It makes you feel like a kid again in the best way possible with great food, classic games, adult beverages and a personable staff," Tully says. "We want to make it the place that everyone loves to hang out."
There are approximately 25 arcade games, including Pop-a-Shot, air hockey and pinball, as well as retro selections like Street Fighter, Tron and Ms. Pac-Man. More games are coming in 2014. The games cost between a quarter and a dollar per play.
The bar offers about 100 beers and has daily drink specials. "Every day and night at Barcadia is different," Tully says.
On Tuesdays, most arcade games are free, and it's also movie night. "If you dig chill nights when you can play games and drink beer, then Free Play Tuesdays is your day," Tully says. On Wednesdays, the bar offers $2 PBRs and $3 shots of Jameson. Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. On New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans game days, the bar offers $15 buckets of beer, $5 bombs and $3 shots when the home team scores.
"We also have a loyalty card that once you drink 50 beers you get your name on the wall with a quotation of your choice," Tully says. "It's the perfect opportunity to go down in infamy."
Barcadia's full menu, prepared by chef Nick Hufft, is what Tully describes as "scratch-made American classics that pair well with a pint." While burgers and fresh-cut fries are the focus, healthier options include grilled chicken and veggie wraps. "You haven't lived until you've tried the truffle [Parmesan] frites," Tully says.
At the back of Barcadia is the restaurant Ohm Lounge, which serves sake, cocktails and Asian-inspired small plates. "If you want a break from Barcadia, you don't have to leave," Tully says. "You can pop in the back for a bit more chill atmosphere."
Tully says Barcadia offers an alternative to regular watering holes. "I just think it's a unique option [compared] to your typical bar in New Orleans," Tully says. "Where else can you come and play a bunch of awesome games?"