Barclay's On College
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Ratings: 27 | Reviews: 27
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited in August with my non craft beer loving daughter in tow...just about 10 steps below street level, out door seating area, mid sized place with a baseball game on several boob tubes, with a long wooden bar straight ahead as you enter. I/we enjoyed the casual and relaxed vibe, friendly and low pressure service, multiple quality tap options, including several tasty and fresh IPA’s from heavy hitting California brewers. No time for a bite to eat, but the food looked to be interesting and perhaps a notch or two above typical pub grub. All in all a worthy destination for quality brew in an easy to relax and enjoy kind of atmosphere.
10-22-2011 14:51:52 | More by Billolick
3.83/5 rDev -7.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Stopped for dinner after another full day of wine tasting. Barclay's consists of a smallish dining area, located a bit below the street (College avenue), with no more than 10 or so tables and chairs, with another 12 to 20 spots at the bar and side bar area. The vibe is very informal and laid back, and on this day (Saturday evening early), there was a fairly good size, boisterous crowd, filling up the place (we were very happy to find a couple of empty spots at the bar).
In terms of the beer, there were some 28 beers on tap this day, with no crap on tap. I think they have a fairly decent bottle selection as well, but the draft selection was more than sufficient to keep me happy. Other than guinness and boddington's, there were no imports on tap, which I thought a bit unusual (considering the size of the draft list). As for the craft selection, other than the one beer from NB (snow day), everything I saw on tap was from either California (mostly norcal) or Oregon.
Food was pretty good I thought, and I was very happy with my ceasar salad (the dressing tasted as if at some point it might actually have come in contact with an anchovie), and the quesadilla my friend had was also quite good.
Prices for beer I thought were just a bit on the high side, with imperial pints going for an acceptable $5.75, but then "premium" beers such as blind pig going for $5.75 a regular pint.
All things considered, Barclay's is a pretty nice place, especially if you happen to live in the neighborhood. On the other hand...
One of the things that really stood out was the lack of any Belgians, any strong ales, any barleywines, any DIPA's or any imperial stouts. It's winter time here in California (or at least for what passes for winter), so if not now, when? Frankly, it's pretty hard to reach any conclusion except that this is an intentional decision on the part of management here, one I assume was made for financial reasons. Obviously, they could provide things like stone RIS, old foghorn, bigfoot and the like, but I assume to do so they would have to revamp their pricing structure (currently there is a set price for beers by the pint/imperial pint - depending on whether you're getting a premium beer or regular beer, half pint [which I think is very cool], sample size, pitcher, or wheat glass size). It's a shame, as while I was happy with my glass of blind pig and imperial pint of SN weizenbock, it would have been nice to have seen a few high end beers on tap as well. Oh well...
One other comment I should make I guess... my girl friend reminded me that I now live in Baltimore, and so perhaps I'm not the best judge of food at many of the places we visit here in California. Her point is well taken, as there's no doubt that the standard for cuisine is just a bit higher in California than what I've come to expect in Baltimore. So while I thought the food here was surprisingly good, I have to concede that for beer bars and brewpubs here in California, what I encountered today may just be the norm.
02-05-2012 02:56:46 | More by johnmichaelsen
4/5 rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A nice big open bar with a small outdoor patio area. This place is basement level and located in the excellent Rockridge neighberhood. Beer selection is great with a ton of taps and a lot of one off beer sI've not seen elsewhere. Food is basic pub grub, but executed well. Service is fast and friendly, clientele is cool but a bit yuppyish. Prices are reasonable for rockridge and the quality of the beers is always good. Good place definately part of the one-two rockridge crawl with ben and nicks.
02-09-2008 06:11:17 | More by francisweizen
3.66/5 rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
Brewbacca was good enough to show me this place after a meeting of the Bay Area Mashers. Barclay's had a strange vibe. It was kind of yuppie family meets college kids meets sports bar crowd vibe. It kind of threw me off especially when I saw all the taps. As I recall there were quite a few of them (I remember about 25) along with at least one nitro, and two casks. Most of them were regional including selections from Drakes, Sierra Nevada (including BF on tap), Moon Light, Deschutes, E.J. Phair, and something from the local Pyramid. Some of the other breweries featured included New Belgium (just Fat Tire) and Guinness. Service was fine nothing to bitch about but nothing to write home about either. Didnt try the food. Wasnt blown away but it seemed like a good place to get a general feel for the various breweries in the area and their most popular offerings.
05-17-2006 21:03:05 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Kind of noisy, but a fun place to meet for a beer and some food after work. Not much to look at, atmosphere-wise - a downstairs restaurant in a non-descript modern commercial building. It aims "Quirky" by using some mismatched, distressed furniture. Not sure if it works, but not bad. The beer list is quite good, however, which is the whole point, including a great selection of local Bay Area beers and California regionals with some other stuff thrown in. The menu is conventional pub, but reasonably well stocked and appealing. My companion and I both had the taco special, which was good - small, but tasty. The service is hip, friendly, and informal.
01-14-2012 01:29:59 | More by Seanibus
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Went here a few weeks ago on my way to talk about beer.
Very, very BART accessible. Damn that's a good way to go. Seriously, walk the two blocks and call it aday.
Lots of tv's in this place on a Sunday. Sadly subjected to a Raider's game!
Service was a little surly in terms of asking about things like "Hey, you gotta Moonlight or on the engines?" "Check the board!"
Otherwise, a solid (if not uber exciting) lineup of beers and decent food to keep you going. Really nice place to spend a lazy afternoon.
Had: Bridgeport IPA, Schooner APA, Trumer Pils. Pickle chips are awesome.
10-06-2007 11:17:58 | More by drewbage
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Great place, probably my favorite in the East Bay. As others have mentioned this place is slightly below street level with a small patio outside. Certainly not much to look at from outside- very stark, and not very homey looking. Inside is better- mismatched tables, some sorta rough hewn, a good bar, very basic and beer focused. The service is good and effecient and quite friendly. Everyone seems to know at least something about beer, and those behind the bar quite a bit..The selection is excellent, about 25-30 beers on tap, almost all regional brews and some quite hard to find.Its not so much that they try to stock rare beers as that they often have stuff from small breweries and will get their more unusual offerings when available. Also, they have some cool special programs like brewers dinners and Christmas in July when they put back on kegs of winter brews that have been aging. I've never had a beer here that wasn't impecably fresh.The food is also good-not just pub fare but substantial plates of sausages or stews or pastas often with quasi exotic ingedients (for a pub) like tasso ham or good seafood. Great place that I always enjoy returning to.I once ate dinner here every night for two weeks straight.
01-21-2007 04:01:56 | More by Georgiabeer
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This pub is in a great part of Oakland. A very quaint neighborhood with authentic shops and plenty of restaurants and bars.
Barclay's is slighly below the street. The outdoor patio is small with a few tables and chairs. A good spot when the temperature is warmer. A small pub with plain wooden tables and chairs taking up most of the space. A medium sized wooden bar with stools is across from the front door. Windows face the street which let in natural light. Some bar parifanailia on the walls and a decent tap collection for decor. A real quality small town pub atmoshphere. I could tell it was filled with locals as many of the patrons were talking across the room to each other.
The service was friendly and very prompt. When my first beer tasted like soap because the glass was improperly rinsed it was replaced with no fuss. The bartenders were very happy to talk about beer and a few other topics. Since I was road tripping by myself that made me feel very welcome and I wish I could have stayed for a few more pints.
About thirty taps and two casks. No spirits. They do serve wine. The beer selection is very good and diverse. Plenty to choose from in the craft beer range. Sudwerk, Drakes, New Belgian, Hoptown, North Coast, Wydmer's, Anchor Steam, Marin, Moonlight, Anderson Valley, Hair of the Dog, Bear Republic and plenty more. They even get a keg or two from Pizza Port from time to time. They also have a good glass collection.
I did not try the food but I could see most people were enjoying their grub.
The next time I am in Oakland I will have to stop by. A quality establishment with a very friendly staff and patrons. Give this place a try.
12-29-2003 20:18:40 | More by Rumrunner
3.58/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Atmosphere is kind of like a sport bar with limited dining inside and almost as much on the patio outside. Similar to a college bar with good beer and food.
Wooden tables, chairs, waiting area, and bar with TV screens. Did not use the restroom.
Service is prompt almost to the point of a rush, probably cause of the limited seating.
Good selection with a couple of cask, one brewed by English Ales that I had at the Englander in San Leandro. Lots of local micros on the beer menu including Magnolia's Proving Ground IPA, Racer 5, Pliny the Elder, etc...
Healthy items on the menu and the food was good.
04-30-2005 08:10:55 | More by Troyone
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A neighborhood spot in North Oakland, near the Berkeley border, with an excellent tap list. You won't find too many Belgian beers or too many imports at all for that matter, but lots of great local hoppy brews and other assorted beers.
Nice wraparound bar, usually filled with the same folks day in an day out. There are many many regulars at Barclay's, more than just about any place I've been. Everyone knows each other here. Comfortable atmosphere all around. 3 TVs are spread about the bar and dining room. Tables cover the area that isn't a bar and there is a small darts area in the back corner. Families often will come here, especially on weekend days. Nice little outdoor patio right below the sidewalk, unfortunately they let people smoke on said patio, which takes away from its charm.
They generally have around 20 beers on tap at a time and plenty of good local brews at that. Usually at least 4-5 solid IPAs or DIPAs are on tap, and other random newer things populate the tap list from time to time. Every beer is numbered from when it first appeared on the tap list. They are somewhere in the mid 2000s now with the number of beers they've served over the years.
One of the better spots in Oakland to grab a beer. Great place for watching games as well, and I hear that the food is pretty good. Only 3 blocks from BART, so that is quite nice as well. Definitely recommended.
11-09-2011 04:17:39 | More by colonelforbin
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Barclay's On College in Oakland, CA
92 out of 100 based on 27 user ratings.