I have to admit, for years I always pegged Barclay's as a sort of cruddy Cal student bar with a kitchen. I finally gave in a few years ago when my usual sports bar closed down during football season. My initial assessment was totally unfounded. While Barclay's gets plenty of the student-frat-jock crowd, they're well-balanced by local families and a large crowd of eccentric regulars. Their beer selection is incredible, ranging from pilsners to stouts (you can order in several different sizes, which is great if you like to sample lots of different beers). The kitchen that I first thought was probably limited to serving up deep-fried dust bunnies actually cranks out an amazingly tasty array of higher-end pub food. Their bacon cheeseburger with shoestring french fries is some of the best bar food I?ve had. The waits can be long during game days and peak hours, but the service is always friendly and accommodating. If you?re a smoker, you can eat/drink outside on their sunny patio area. Great local hangout if you?re looking to grab a beer and a casual meal. If you're looking for mixed drinks, skip Barclay's - they're limited to beer and wine.
Pros: Good food and great beer selection; friendly service; nice local atmosphere, good for watching sporting events
Cons: Parking is usually terrible; waits can be long on game days or during peak hours; noisy