Bear's Lair Tavern opens its doors to Bay Area diners ~ it's a modern take on a Berkeley campus favorite
UC Berkeley mainstay opens with a beer garden and
a new gastropub menu
Bear Lair Tavern (BLT), a fine casual bar and grill on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus, is now open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.
In partnership with UC Berkeley, managing partner Reign Free, owner and founder of the Red Door Group, welcomes faculty, staff, students, families and Bay Area diners to a dynamic dining experience reflective of Berkeley's vibrant and diverse culture and deep connection to the student community.
"We are overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support from the University and City of Berkeley. The revival of this restaurant into a new and improved dining concept shows the importance of fostering communities both on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods. My team and I are excited to share our passion and creativity and look forward to creating new friendships and memories with diners who walk through our doors,” said Free.
The restaurant’s gastropub menu was created by Free in collaboration with longtime friend Chef David Lawrence, owner of 1300 on Fillmore. The menu features Red Door Group favorites, as well as Chef Lawrence’s hallmark 1300 Fried Chicken Sandwich with jalapeño slaw and honey mustard dressing on a brioche bun. Menu highlights also include shared plates and hearty entrees using fresh ingredients, with many gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free options.
Bancroft Street, exterior of Bear's Lair Tavern, photo: Hannah Hughes
Menu item - 1300 Fried Chicken Sandwich, photo: Hannah Hughes
The Bear’s Lair Tavern beverage program includes 20 rotating beers, cider or kombucha on tap, signature cocktails, and select California and global wines by the glass.
Bar area at Bear's Lair Tavern, photo: Hannah Hughes
Bear’s Lair Tavern, located at 2465 Bancroft Way in Berkeley, Calif, is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.