American, Gastropubs

2465 Bancroft Way #140, Berkeley
(510) 664-4191


Reviews for Bear's Lair

Went before a Cal basketball game and enjoyed the ambiance of excitement with all of the fans and alumni. Multiple beers on tap as well as multiple TVs playing different games. We were able to snag seats at the bar, however I imagine that before a football game the place is much more packed and harder to get a seat. I liked the option for outdoor seating, but it has been a bit too cold to enjoy even with a heat lamp during the winter. The bar is more upscale than the full review

Just tried it here today and I really loved the salmon with quinoa, the fish was perfectly cooked and I didn't realize that quinoa can be that delicious. It's not the same Lair of my college days, but I'll definitely be back. Also, it's now owned and operated by different folks so it's worth a try if you're in the area.

Bear's Lair just reopened in August, I believe, for the beginning of fall semester at Cal. When I visited this weekend, one customer said that a lot had changed and that this version of Bear's Lair is nicer than what it used to be. They have a spacious patio area with firepits. A few of the tables are for parties of two, but they also have long tables that are perfect for bigger groups. They also have a water dispenser that you can help yourself to, both inside and outside, full review

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