Albatross (North Berkeley)
A pub. An old fashioned traditional British neighborhood pub. That is the first impression one gets upon entering this classic Berkeley bar. Darts, chess, table games and reference books to assist in convivial discussions are all available from the bartender. Plenty of room to sit, chat, read, perhaps listen to live jazz and of course drink. You will enjoy being there. The Albatross made this list mainly on community and atmosphere grounds, but their beer list continues to evolve and please.
They offer a full bar, 13 taps and a bottle list. The draft lineup is supported by an ample selection of English, Belgian and German beers in bottles. Preview their beer list on their web page. The Albatross only offers simple snacks to munch on, but you are welcome to bring in food from any of the nearby eateries.
Extras: Game nights and sometimes live jazz or other flavors of music. They are a short walk from Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub, with top local craft brews on tap and on cask plus fresh pizza, for a little contrast. Also, on your way to or from BART, you can stop by Ledgers Liquors — the East Bay’s premier bottled beer store.
Walking from BART: Exit and turn right around the station, heading away from the hills, across towards the southwest side of the parking lot at Acton and Delaware Streets. Take Delaware west. Turn left at San Pablo Avenue for about half a block.
Official North Berkeley Station and connecting transit Info