The Bear’s Lair CLOSED, updated here 2465 Bancroft Way/Telegraph Ave., in Eshleman Student Union, University of California, (510) 665-3968. L-D daily; $. No longer the dingy downstairs retreat of yesteryear--a real lair--the Lair today is a first-floor, table-and-chairs kind of place with an abundance of light from walls of windows, one of which overlooks Lower Sproul Plaza and has a view of the Campanile. Plenty of taps dispense an assortment of brews, and a large menu presents cocktail choices. The house burger is unexpectedly good and the large fries are exceptional, but you can forget the apple-heavy, too-juicy coleslaw. The avocado toast appetizer is sprinkled with tomatoes and pepper and comes with soup and salad, and a pizza can be shared by two if you aren’t starving.
|interior of The Bear's Lair on the U.C. campus in Berkeley, California|
|bar at The Bear's Lair on the U.C. campus in Berkeley, California|
|view from The Bear's Lair on the U.C. campus in Berkeley, California|
|burger at The Bear's Lair on the U.C. campus in Berkeley, California|
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