Berkeley >The Bears Lair
2475 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA | Directions 9470437.869099 -122.259609
Editorial Review. Cal's student body, professors and alums unite to root for the Bears and nibble bar bites at this on-campus pub.
Welcome beer oasis. What a great concept, a pub on campus, complete with house brews! Didn't eat there, but stopped in for a couple of pints in the afternoon. Good beer, good spot to chill out while the significant other hits the stores down Telegraph Avenue. Will make this a regular stop whenever we come to Berkeley.
The Quinticential College Bar. The Lair is a great place to hang out. A central bar surrounded by Cal sports memorabilia. During the school year they have beer's on the terrace for cheap. And, game days, football or basketball, this is the place to be. Nothing like singing the Cal drinking song with the Cal Band and Oski (Cal's Mascot) standing on the bar with a straw in a liter of his favorite brew after a game. On thursday nights this bar is a regular stop for the Cal Rugby team and the frat crowd, probably due to the $5 liters. The house brews are good (I love the Porter) and the best deal but there are other local micros, "alternative malts" and wines for those who don't like beer. The food is good, the pizza and wings are awesome. A must stop if you are in Berkeley for a game or just visiting.
Cheap beer by the quart. If you want nothing more than cheap beer, then this is your spot. The "default" size is by the quart -- but they have an incredible selection (everything from microbrews to the old standards) on draft. After football games, it's so packed you can't move. But on a normal afternoon, this is a nice spot to relax -- and check out the patio. Kinda hard to believe you're drinking beer by the quart on campus.
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