Acme Bar

8.03 reviews
Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Bar
Ranked #45 in Berkeley things to do
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2115 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley, CA
(510) 644-2226
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Local from Hayward, California, USA

I've been wanting to check this joint out for some time now, and finally was able to do it for my girlfriend's birthday. It's close to my work, on San Pablo, which is another plus. There's a good happy hour deal (M-F 3-7pm, $4 drafts and $2 off cocktails). The inside is fairly old-man like, which is obviously ok to me and a sure sign of a decent establishment. Fruit flies hover around sadly, probably because the door and windows in front are open and the abundance of fruit on the bar. Just get your judo chop game on point and you should be able to fend off most of those nuisances. Now, to the main attraction: the libations. The cartoon character-influenced titles are clever (get it? Acme? Foghorn Leghorn? I didn't at first). I actually did go with the FL, and it was pretty action-packed. Very heavy on the whiskey. Had to pace myself for fear of hitting the floor later. I would definitely be back to try some of the other drinks (there's so many other Looney Tunes characters out there, begging to be put on the drink menu) and want to make a run at their infamous Bloody Mary, available only on Sundays. Sunday Funday, indeed.

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA

Sundays are meat shake day! The absolute best bloody mary I've ever had. You can get it with tequila or vodka - and actually get steak in your drink. I think this is going to become a regular drink for me - it's basically a meal.

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Local from Berkeley, California, USA
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This place has gone though a few changes over the years, but this incarnation is the best. It started as a kind of dive bar, then became a "red" bar (dark decoré, red lights, it was kind of a thing around here for a while, The Ruby Room in Oakland is a good example), and finally was cleaned up, brightened up, and is now kind of spiffy while still retaining the comfort of its previous incarnations.

The focus here is liquor - burbon, scotch, whisk(e)y, rye, etc. Their selections are deep, and the staff is knowledgable.

The best part for me is that this is not a pretentious "cocktail" bar with "mixologists", this place is about the straight shot, perhaps on the rocks. Along with this are reasonable prices and an informal atmosphere.

They also have beer, but that can be had anywhere. Come here for the brown alcohol.

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