Known for its cozy, laid-back vibe, the Albatross sits slyly on San Pablo Ave., a local secret with an atmosphere that greets you like the guts of an old wooden pirate ship, overflowing with frothy beer and competitive spirits.
Live Music, Original Art, and Board Games
Groove on funky wall art and live music, warm yer bones by the fire, and chill at wooden tables playing Connect Four, Scrabble, Boggle and dozens of other board games.
Darts, Pool Table, and Quiz Night
Nail bullseyes at one of the Albatross's six professional dart boards or slap down a fiver and let 'er rip at our weekly Tuesday darts tournament.
Chalk up and take your tipsy buddies for a ride Paul Newman-style at our pool table.
Or if you're more into the cerebral mind melt thing, compete for free drink chips at the Albatross's Sunday night Brainstormer Trivia Pub Quiz.
Insane Beer and Scotch Selection
Thirst? What's that? With a bunch of Belgian beers and microbrews that would make beer snobs blush, the Albatross caters to your taste buds old school. You want a classic single malt? Honey, you're home.
B.Y.O.F. (Bring Your Own Food)
We do like bending the rules. You can also bring your own grub into the pub, we don't mind. Heck, we'll even let you have a bowl of steaming hot popcorn from the Albatross's antique phone booth for a buck.
Need Some Space?
We like to think of ourselves as the unsmothering type, so we understand if you need some space. We take reservations for parties, large and small, and rent the pub out for large events when we're closed. We're good at relationships and will respect your party's boundaries, so long as it notifies us of its needs well in advance.
Let Your Hair Down if You Have Hair
We're the oldest pub in Berkeley, which means we've successfully precipitated drunk dialing since, well, before cell phones even existed. Original owners Bill Scanlon and Phil Randall opened our doors in 1964. Three years later, brothers Val and Bob Johnson steered The Bird (our preferred nickname) into your hearts for the next 30 years.
In 1997, the pub received a woman's touch when Wendy Halambeck and Linda Zsilavetz restored the whole freaking place – from the walls to the specially designed bar hooks for gal's purses to the restrooms as personable and spotless as your grandmother's water closet.
But take our word for it, you won't think the bathrooms are the best part. (Though they're pretty damn good.)
Best Place to Play Board Games East Bay Express 2012
Best Place to Play Board Games East Bay Express 2011
Best Place to Play Board Games East Bay Express 2010
Best Place to Play Board Games East Bay Express 2007
BEST BAR! Featured in and
February, '05 Featured on Evening Magazine, San Francisco's Premier TV Program, November '04 SF Guardian 2004
Best Mental Gymnastics (Pub Quiz) Guinness Company
Gold Standard Award Daily Cal 2004 Best Bar East Bay Express 2003
Best Student Hang Out