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Good food, really good beer, sports on the t.v., and kid friendly

matt c Nov 10, 2006 06:52 PM

In the oakland or berkeley. any ideas?

  1. chefj Aug 29, 2010 09:21 AM

    Kensington Circus covers TV, Beer and Kid Friendly. The Food is OK, usually .

    Kensington Circus
    389 Colusa Ave, Kensington, CA 94707

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      ML8000 Nov 12, 2006 03:11 AM

      Hey so where do you guys think is the best place to watch a football game (Cal v. USC) without a kid-friendly criteria? The big thing is a decent TV set-up and decent/reasonably priced food.

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        ergozum Nov 10, 2006 08:36 PM

        Do you still have a Ram Brew Pub there?

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          matt c Nov 10, 2006 08:06 PM

          thanks for the input.

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            wgibs Nov 10, 2006 07:52 PM

            What about Barclay's? Definitely kid-friendly, tons of beers, a couple TVs. The food is a little more hit-or-miss, but not bad for what it is. I like the chili.

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              The Dive Nov 10, 2006 07:53 PM

              You can't beat Barclay's for beer and sports TV.

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                Robert Lauriston Nov 10, 2006 07:56 PM


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                  JasmineG Nov 10, 2006 08:33 PM

                  Barclays is perfect. Luka's has lots of TVs, but they're mostly in the bar area (which only has seats at the bar and on taller tables), so I don't know if that would work with kids.

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                  ML8000 Nov 10, 2006 07:39 PM

                  Pacific Coast Brewery isn't really all that kid friendly. I've never seen kids in there. Seems more like a good after work sort of place.

                  Pyramid Ale House is kid friendly. They have a kids menu and provide crayons, etc. The TV situation however is close to unwatchable. The ones around the bar are too high and the main projecter has a weak image and they NEVER play sound.

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                    Robert Lauriston Nov 10, 2006 07:42 PM

                    Pyramid is super kid-friendly, but the beer's only so-so.

                  2. Morton the Mousse Nov 10, 2006 07:33 PM

                    T-Rex BBQ in Berkeley fits the bill, as long as you sit near a television.
                    Does Luka's have a TV w/sports? They certainly qualify as great beer, great food, kid friendly.

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                    1. re: Morton the Mousse
                      Robert Lauriston Nov 10, 2006 07:41 PM

                      Luka's has a TV?

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                        usr.bin.eat Nov 10, 2006 09:17 PM

                        There are two sets above the bar

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                          The Dive Nov 10, 2006 10:23 PM

                          I love Luka's, but it's not good for sports-watching. I was there during the playoffs and they didn't even have the game on (at least the A's weren't playing).

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                      exbarkeep Nov 10, 2006 07:30 PM

                      Perhaps Pacific Coast Brewery in Oakland, or Jupiter in Berkeley? (Not sure about the kid friendly part, though).

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                        QuaffStout Nov 10, 2006 06:58 PM

                        Triple Rock in downtown Berkeley

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                          Robert Lauriston Nov 10, 2006 07:16 PM

                          Lanesplitter's sometimes full of kids at dinner hour. The San Pablo location has TVs. I'm not sure the Telegraph one does.

                          Is Triple Rock kid-friendly? Maybe I haven't been there at that time of day.

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                            bbulkow Aug 28, 2010 10:14 AM

                            The san pablo location's TV is fairly small, seen only from the bar seats which aren't kid friendly, and almost always tuned to motorycycle racing. Other than that....

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                              wolfe Aug 28, 2010 10:22 AM

                              While we are in Berkeley how is Meridian on the kid friendly angle? Presented closed but supposedly opening in September with a new 110 inch projector screen which should be visible across the room.
                              Not included in the previous posts because it opened after 2006.

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                                Glencora Aug 29, 2010 08:27 AM

                                Meridian didn't seem very kid friendly to me.

                                I wonder if the new Lanesplitter has TV. From what I've seen driving by, it's big and airy and maybe less "adult" than the other locations.

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