BARCADIA – Opening hours cut (AGAIN) and terrible cocktails


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mrsfunktrum
mrsfunktrum
24 days ago

this was serendipity. the day before you uploaded this, i was on their website and me and olly could not believe the king kong’s banana bit and now you’ve immortalised it forever in your inimitable, hilarious way. god bless you, george, haven’t laughed this much in ages

ToploaderVhs
ToploaderVhs
1 month ago

Bang on the money as always George! The whole barcadia debacle does feel like an early 00’s reality series, where someone who thinks they have a great idea, sinks all their money into a project, only to have it fail miserably. With the final few episodes being the owner closing the doors after his wife has taken the kids to live with her mother and we catch up on him 4 months later working at a supermarket. Only difference being this project actually had funding that didn’t come with a high street interest rate or the need to pay it back.

So all in all, no one connected to the project looses really…… Well except LITERALLY EVERYONE who put their own actual money into the kickstarter……..

RUSH
1 month ago

I’ve come back to 25:45 a few times now. That voice is absolutely horrifying. Cracks me up every time.

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Frisky Dingo
1 month ago

What. The. Fack… Is the deal with that “Void” cocktail? I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to sell people mystery liquids to drink, particularly in a licenced establishment.

Why didn’t they just do regular, standard cocktails that everyone recognises, but call them these insidious names, instead of concocting what I can only imagine are beverages that are as drinkable as antifreeze (particularly that first one)?

And as for the 2 for one cocktails having to be both the same cocktail for some reason… Why? What pub have you ever seen that offers deals, adds such restrictive caveats? Are they just lazy or stupid or both?

Mind you, I doubt that the alcohol is really that much of a draw to the punters anyway, as the photos on twitter and Facebook appear to show that the majority of the introverted, self-diagnosed introverted trans identified and autistic incels who frequent the place, choose soft drinks anyway.

Not that the bar is likely to last much longer anyway, since it is, as you allude to, quite impossible to keep such a lightly-attended pub afloat particularly when it is only open three nights a week. Presumably his YouTube and Patreon revenue is being funneled into the place to buoy it up, but surely even that must be spread pretty thin by now.

To be successful, Barcadia will need to be open every day and for as long as possible, and further more, cast its net wider in terms of appeal. Dubious cocktails, vegan food and delaidated arcade machines are not a universal draw, but instead about as specifically niche as you can get.

I look forward to the eventual downfall of the place, and with any luck, Peter along with it.

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Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisky Dingo

The less often it opens, the more it needs to make which means higher prices. The novelty long wore off, so they have quizes and bands to try to find something to bring people in.

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Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

He should hire the Wotsit as his events manager 😀

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Toaster05
Toaster05
1 month ago

Pretty sure that they’ve hitup Ikea for their glasswear. The Godzilla looks like it’s in a Pokal cheap and cheerful glass.

I’m not going to critic Barcadia for it’s glassware but fucking hell, it just all feels that everything is the bare minimum effort.

Let’s not forget that “jungle” vibe.

T. Rollin
1 month ago
Reply to  Toaster05

At least Barcadia isn’t using Marmite jars.

OrdosAlpha
OrdosAlpha
1 month ago

Those drinks look so appetizing that I’d rather drink my own piss.

Jambon
Jambon
1 month ago
Reply to  OrdosAlpha

Speaking of piss, that Void one is clearly just taking the piss out of the customers. Why on earth would anyone buy a drink for over ten quid despite having no idea what’s in it??

Jambon
Jambon
1 month ago

I feel sorry for the staff who work at this depressing and ill-conceived vanity project. Every time they turn up for work they must be scared of being told they’re out of a job or their hours are being cut back. And I can’t imagine what it’s like to have an arrogant, lazy grifting wereferret as a boss.

ChinnyVision
ChinnyVision
1 month ago
Reply to  Jambon

There can’t be anyone full time employed there due to the restricted opening hours. At best it must be a few part timers on zero hour contracts or a more casual arrangement. Otherwise the running costs will be through the roof. IIRC staffing is about 20% of the running costs of a place like that. I suspect he’s on an initial rent free period though and once the rent kicks in it will probably be bye bye Barcadia.

Interesting thread here about running a leased pub.https://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk/threads/what-costs-involved-with-running-a-pub.422001/#post-3186423

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Jambon
Jambon
1 month ago
Reply to  ChinnyVision

Good point. That thread was quite depressing. Doesn’t bode well for the future of the UK pub 🙁

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

Many pubs are sit-down restaurants these days. They expect a booking too.

chithecynic
chithecynic
1 month ago
Reply to  George

I reckon you’re right, mate – I checked LinkedIn for people saying they work at Barcadia, and it’s just one lass, not long out of uni, and she claims to be the full time bar manager. If she really is full time, that must truly suck. Then again, she’s set her status to “Open To Work” which means she probably isn’t having a great time at Barcadia and wants to find something else, pronto…

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  chithecynic

Even the staff can see the writing on the wall.

Stevieboy74
1 month ago

Watching this has made me realise exactly what Barcadia reminds me of. I couldn’t put my finger on it but it suddenly dawned on me. It’s such a piss poorly, half arsed, cobbled together monstrosity that it reminds me of the Family Fun Day from Phoenix Nights, where Brian Potter and his crew converted a portacabin toilet in to a children’s play area, complete with ball pit and still functional wall mounted hand dryer, which the kiddies could run under and get a blast of air on their heads.

An inflatable twenty foot cock and balls from an adult themed fair was also repurposed, with a couple of cute eyes slapped on to either side of the glans tip, turning it into Sammy the Snake for the kids to bounce around and play on. All Barcadia needs now is a Das Boot fruit machine that yells in aggressive German when you win the jackpot.

From this day forward I shall be renaming Barcadia to The Phoenix Club.

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B3tan_Tyronne
1 month ago
Reply to  Stevieboy74

Garlic Bread?
Yeah, that’ll be £6 and come served on a shovel.

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  Stevieboy74

The ferret should hire that guy who did the Willy Wonka thing in Scotland.

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

That’s the problem, it’s not a great place or a comically bad place. It’s the mediocre bit in the middle.

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B3tan_Tyronne
1 month ago

Bloody hell, if these are the drinks that made it, just how bad were the ones that did not?

Wils_2k
Wils_2k
1 month ago

<clicks fingers> “Barman! Another half-pint of Smurf semen, if you please. Try not to drop the garnish from your Vegan Clown Fries in it this time.”

Bigsky
1 month ago

Thanks a bundle George – whilst always thinking this vegan morgue was as unappealing as ever, I now feel even sicker at the thought of Pee Pee’s black tears being served to one (or two at most) unsuspecting punters in this place – that (like the picture of the drink itself) is truly awful 😂 Your description of this shit weasel’s suffering to obtain said tears also reminded me of the binding of Isaac somehow. Maybe that’s what he deserves!

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T. Rollin
1 month ago

If you listen very carefully, you can hear Lizzo warming up.

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Max Levin
1 month ago

“Be nice or leave”. He’s completely given up customer service.

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B3tan_Tyronne
1 month ago
Reply to  Max Levin

Funnily enough, that was one of the things my wife picked up when I showed George’s video.
Followed by the words….What a twat!.

ChinnyVision
ChinnyVision
1 month ago

So you start a business and then you are closed most days. What is he doing with the rest of the time? Doing the accounts (now 2 months overdue)? Making his YouTube efforts? Tending to sick animals?

If I’d opened a business I’d be sweating every waking hour to ensure it was a success. Is it really more profitable to remain closed and then open a couple of days a week. I understand at the moment it can be better for venues to shutter during certain times but this isn’t being closed a couple of days a week. It’s being closed 5 days a week (when I looked yesterday it was closed on Thursdays as well!).

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Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  ChinnyVision

That’s a good point, it’s close to when we see the accounts for this place and where the money went.

ChinnyVision
ChinnyVision
1 month ago
Reply to  Bert

Chances are they’ll be filed as micro company accounts so we won’t see much. In just under a month the late filing fine will jump from £375 to £750 however. Unenforced costs.

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

“First accounts made up to 31 May 2023
due by 13 February 2024″

Over two months late. Incompetence or what?

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

If you don’t file the business effectively gets seized by the state. That’ll be his next moan article.

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Bert
1 month ago

Wetherspoons open all day and they don’t even have arcade machines.

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Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

They’ve kinda failed to keep up with the market somewhat, the days of a cheap microwave pub meal and a beer aren’t so much in vogue now. When I used to do support work away from home in my job I used to have a wetherspoons curry on their curry night as it was acceptable enough and it’s no fun going to a proper restaurant solo.

Bert
1 month ago
Reply to  George

Yeah well there’s still people who think Pot Noodles are food.

u4ria
Admin
1 month ago

Taking all that money from his followers to open a business and then purposely running it into the ground. What a cunt.

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megadrive95
1 month ago

Just to reiterate barcadia was closed Thursday 18th April 2024 as it was lights out and a closed sign on the door 5.30pm and even later that day night. Peepee also actually bothered to get a live google business hours update to say Thursday (and Sunday’s) was/were no longer an option. BUTT (and it’s a big butt) Thursdays are back on for some reason but Sunday BARCADIA is showing Sunday is closed as of 19th April 2024. Maybe a sign on the door “staffing issues” or maybe a group text to his 4 clients was easier. Unless he has some flash google business hours app subscription on his phone while he oversleeps in his Bowthorpe Mansion or in a sleeping bag on Octavius King’s floor.

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DadGamerUK
1 month ago

I’ll have a pint of “The VOID” and some chips with marshmallows and glace cherries on. SAID NO ONE EVER. I fear the band is playing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the good ship Barcadia sinks to never be seen again.

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Boingalot
1 month ago

So the death spiral truly begins.

I can hear Europe playing the Final Countdown in the background.

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mrsfunktrum
mrsfunktrum
24 days ago
Reply to  Boingalot

death spirals, that’s what those liquorice wheels are

chithecynic
chithecynic
1 month ago

Google (whose opening hours are partly crowdsourced) had Barcadia listed as closed on Thursdays earlier today, probably due to the fact that people showing up on a Thursday are regularly unable to enter. What a mess. Loved your cocktails review, though!