Rihanna was recently denied entry from a bar on her date night with A$AP Rocky due to lack of ID and fans are now wondering just what is Barcade and where to find it.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know about the sticky situation as we explore the NYC bar and more!
Why was Rihanna denied date night entry in NYC?
Rihanna and A$AP Rocky set out for their date night plans on Wednesday, June 23rd before the couple was denied entry at a bar in New York.
Varied footage began spiralling the internet via social media on Thursday afternoon of June 24th showing the pair trying to access a bar.
It appears that some of the bouncers at the establishment claimed to be unfamiliar with the superstars and demanded identification.
We know what you’re thinking; everyone knows who Rihanna is, right?
Well, apparently not.
Memes then began trending on Twitter surrounding the situation.
The duo did eventually access the bar, which appears to be New York’s Barcade.
Other footage shows them playing vintage arcade games inside the establishment.
Continue reading to discover where the iconic pair chose to take their date night…
Check out Barcade® the Original Arcade Bar
Barcade® is the Original Arcade Bar: a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic arcade games and American craft beer.
Currently owning eight locations in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and California, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attended Barcade in New York City.
The original Barcade opened in 2004 in a former metal shop on Union Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
As the founding friends’ beer and game-filled nights inspired the group to open a neighbourhood bar focused on American craft beer and classic video games, they soon began to work on Barcade.
As a spin-off of a Williamsburg bar, this hang has vintage video games (Pac-Man, Donkey Kong) and beer.
Barcade uses tokens for its arcade games, each token costs 25¢ and can be used at any Barcade location.
Games accept Barcade tokens only, with most games requiring one token to play.
With at least two token machines on-site, they accept anything from a $1 bill to a $20 bill.
These tokens are non-refundable and have no cash value, although they never expire and are good at any Barcade location.
Barcade rotate their arcade games in and out periodically, with the selection mostly from the classic period of the early 1980’s and ranges through the early 1990’s.
It doesn’t stop there! The pinball selection includes many current titles as well as classic machines from the 1980’s and 1990’s.
You can find the current list of classic arcade video and pinball (pin) games over on the games section of the website.
Since the games are 20-40 years old they do break quite frequently but managers and staff are able to address any issues users may have.
Barcade also serve food! Find the menu here.
Exclusive location or can you visit?
Since power couple Rihanna and A$AP Rocky attended Barcade, many are under the impression that it must be a high-end celebrity bar with limited public access.
Well, this is somewhat wrong.
In order to visit Barcade, attendees must be 21 and over with valid identification except during designated family days, explaining why Rihanna required ID.
Information on family days can be found online as well as on social media platforms.
Interested? Book a party/event at Barcade over on the inquiry section of their website.
Or, why not purchase a gift card which can be done either on-site or online.
Wondering about exclusivity? Exclusive, private parties may be available on Sundays until Thursday. Contact Barcade for more information.
Over on the FAQ section of the website, Barcade state that exclusive parties are typically unavailable on Fridays and Saturdays.
Although, the establishment then explains that if money is no object they are willing to talk regarding private parties.
So, there you go. Exclusivity is unnecessary at Barcade but it can be accessed with expense…
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