4. Barcade Brooklyn

This Brooklyn establishment blends two concepts together: classic arcade games and American craft beer. The arcade-bar pairing is an addictive combo, and its success has introduced Barcade offshoots to Jersey City and Philadelphia. However, the original Barcade in Brooklyn is the only one that’s been converted from a garage. In 2004, four longtime friends renovated a scrappy garage in the course of nine arduous months which can be found documented here. Here’s a tidbit: it only costs 25 cents to play games like Ms Pacman, Donkey Kong, Asteroids and many more. The game-bar organizes an annual chili cook-off to raise funds for the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a non-profit established to grow local giving and community service within the borough.