McBears Social Club and Beer Garden

A community bar that reflects the diverse El Cerrito neighborhood. Large main bar in front, beautiful beer garden in back, 12 TV's showing sports and more!

The Rubinoos - I Think We're Alone Now


One of the Bay Areas most beloved bands will be at the Kensington Circus Pub this Saturday night, May 4th, to celebrate Al Chan's 60th birthday. Not only will we get Al, we will get the entire Rubinoos band in the house!!! These guys are the ultimate professionals, great showmen and some of the nicest, most entertaining guys in rock and roll. This is a "don't miss show".

Catch them before their annual European tour....

Oslo, 5 February 2016

Earth Quake - Friday On My Mind - 12/6/1975 - Winterland (Official)

Growing up the music scene seemed so much bigger and more important to me than it does these days. The fact that we were force fed whatever dreck that AM radio was shoving down our throats and we lacked the internet, which allows us to see any band at any time, The idea of seeing bands live was huge. When we got old enough, we started going to shows at Winterland, Keystone, The Berkeley Square, The Fillmore, (whatever the hell that little place in the Embarcadero was called). Later, if you were on the edge, The Mabuhay Gardens. Not to mention the brain cell killing Days on the Green.

One of the local bands that did quite well and frequently opened for the bigger national bands was Earthquake. John Doukas, the lead singer had the stage presence of a Mick Jagger or maybe later, a Freddie Mercury. The lead guitar player, Robbie Dunbar was transcendent and there was the always steady, Steve Nelson on drums.

As always, time has taken it's toll and we have had memorials for both John and Steve at the Circus Pub over the last six years. I'm glad to say that the indefatigable Robbie Dunbar has carried the torch and I was delighted to hear how good the revamped band sounded at Steve Nelson's memorial about a month ago.

Well, this Friday night, it's your turn to turn back time and see the past and future meld as Earthquake is playing the Kensington Circus Pub at 9:00 PM. I, for one, can't wait.
See ya there...

Kensington Circus Pub
389 Colusa Ave
Scott Mcfadin The Kensington Circus Pub (SF Bay Area, CA)

Earth Quake - Friday On My Mind Recorded Live: 12/6/1975 - Winterland - San Francisco, CA More Earth Quake at Music Vault: Subscrib...

one love concert 1978 Bob Marley

We wake up to a country divided. Division exacerbated by words of hate. In Hawaii you used to get the surf report. In Nebraska, the crop report. In Texas, the oil report. Now, each day, in lieu of water, oil and food, we awaken to the death report from the previous night's political murders. Today? In the USA? Maybe so, but what I'm referring to is Jamaica, 1980.

We sailed our trusty vessel, High Flight, into Morgan's Harbor in Port Royal, Jamaica in the late summer/early fall of 1980. All we knew is there was an abundance of ganja and Red Stripe Beer. What could go wrong?

We had unwittingly sailed into a country that was violently divided between political lines. The People's National Party, currently played by our Republican Party, represented capitalism at it's best and worst. The worst had prevailed and the country's riches were held in the hands of few. Michael Manley, led the PNP and had been in power since 1972.

The Jamaican Labor Party (JLP), currently played by our Democratic Party, was led by Edward Seaga. They were the upstarts representing the "people" and they had a definite Socialist bent.

The country had collapsed into a schismatic civil war and I and my boat mates Michael Foreman Cindy Stewart and Brian Martsolf, had front row seats. We were young and probably stupid or maybe stupid and probably young but we were certainly naive. We didn't realize that a short boat ride away at the other side of Kingston Bay, there were people dying on a nightly basis. I can remember taking our dinghy across the bay and walking the streets of Kingston as if we were immortal. At least until the day the shots rang out and the bullets skidded across the street as we headed to the straw market. We had wondered aloud as to why we saw a policeman crouched around the corner and peeking past us down the street. Thanks for the warning compadre! We quickly became mere mortals.

One man, who had previously been shot during the 1976 election had been in exile in England and rumor had it of his imminent return to his homeland in an effort to unite the country. Most people didn't realize that at the time Robert Nesta Marley was dying from melanoma which had spread throughout his body.

Despite the despair of a nation crippled by division. Bob Marley landed in an Air Jamaican Flight at the Kingston Airport. He was greeted by tens of thousands. The prodigal son had returned.

He held a "peace concert" and at the show, he invited both Manley and Seaga onto the stage to embrace and through music and faith attempted to unify the country. It was a truly amazing moment in history. Marley, seemingly in a possessed, evangelical spell held both of the leader's by his raised hands. With their other hands, the sworn enemies, Manley and Seaga, embraced each other. For the briefest of moments the country was united again. It wasn't perfect but the divisiveness and political violence had, at that moment, reached it's zenith and the country started working closer together.

Six months later Bob Marley was pronounced dead in a Florida hospital. He was only 36 years old.

I can't help but wonder if there isn't a "Bob Marley" somewhere in our country that couldn't provide us the same lightning rod of unity that the Jamaicans reveled in on that fateful evening in 1980.



one love concert with Bob Marley Michael Manley Edward Seaga Kingston Jamaica april 78

Welcome back! The truck is bigger and better and ready to feed your need for #tacos #burritos and more! Now also including chicken wings, fries and nuggets. YUM! Oh yeah...and let's not forget to grab a tasty #icecoldbeer with your #grub @ McBears Social Club and Beer Garden

Yes it's true! La Estrella #tacotruck will be returning PERMANENTLY tomorrow from 10:30am-12am. Yay! Oh how you've been missed!!
#letseat #lunch #dinner #tacos #burritos #elcerrito #yum

[07/25/18]   Our Taco Truck will be back this Thursday @ 10:30am. Wahoo!!! #lunchisserved 🌮🌮🌮

If you didn't know about our Saturday Night DJ..."DJ D" you know! Every Saturday from 9:30-close.
#godj #mcbearssocialclub #yayarea #bayarea #eastbay #turnt #comeondown #weliketoparty #cheapdrinks #goodcompany #funtimes

#dayparty. #moscowmule. In the beer garden until 8pm. @blueicevodkausa

We're live....come on down for our day party! Til 8pm

Come on down to McBears Social Club and Beer Garden today from 3-8pm for our first day party! It's in our beautiful open air beer garden (with heat lamps). DJ, good vibes, good people.

Come watch the rest of the series with us! 12 TV'S, outdoor bar is open, and lots of new additional seating! And in case you missed it, here's the Game 2 recap 😈. Go Golden State Warriors

[06/03/18]   Can't wait to get our dance on with DJ D tonight! Live DJ from 9:30pm-close. No cover...see you soon!!

What a fun and exciting #warriors #win!! #beergarden #goodtimes #friends #drinkswithfriends #drinks #nba #winning #letsgo

From last night's Game 7 Golden State Warriors win.

Beer garden bar will be OPEN tonight for GAME 7! Plus plenty of additional seating inside. We are PUMPED for tonight so come wrap up this long weekend cheering for the Golden State Warriors with us. GO DUBS!!!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! We've got lots of good looking faces in here tonight! #longweekend #summertime #drinkswithfriends #bottomsup #godubs

We've added some brand new beautiful tables which means...more seating!! Plenty of room to come watch Game Six tonight!! DJ D will be spinning tonight after the playoffs to keep the party going. Can't wait to cheer on the #warriors with all of you!

It's NBA Conference Finals time and these ones are a doozy! Come join us for plenty of TV's, great vibes, awesome heated outdoor beer garden and of course...grub from La Estrella Taco Truck! GO DUBS!!

The series is tied @ 2-2 in the East and the West...come watch the rest of this exciting NBA post season with us! And of course...#godubs
#nba #playoffs #warriors #goldenstatewarriors #dubs #letsgo #gametime #basketball #elcerrito #mcbearssocialclub #mcbears

Game one in the bag!!

It's getting lit up in here! Go Dubs!!!

Come watch the 2018 NBA CONFERENCE FINALS with us! Monday, 5/14/2018 @6pm we've got WARRIORS vs. ROCKETS. This is the series we've all been waiting for!

Plenty of TV's inside as well as 4 outside in our beautiful open air beer garden! Can't wait to see you there.

PS join us for a pregame drink for HAPPY HOUR from 5-6pm!

Come on and enjoy our DJ, beer garden and excellent company every Saturday night!!

Come on get HAPPY!! Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-6pm. 1/2 off draft beers, $3 well drinks!

Come see us in the covered, heated outdoor beer garden with big screen!

We hear that people call us - "The Smiley Face Place" - and we're fine with it :) Nice to meet you!

Beer AND Bites -

Come watch all the NBA playoff games at McBears Social Club and Beer Garden. GO DUBS!!

[04/14/18]   NOW'S THE THE TIME..

No more messing around. No more conserving energy. Game one of the Warriors championship playoff drive starts today. Game time is high noon..PERFECT. We will have the game on in there bar and outside in the beer garden. Time for the Spurs to feel the pain of the Dubs wrath!!!!

See ya there

McBears Social Club and Beer Garden

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[07/31/16]   This has been the absolute best party. GTS band plays in a couple hours. Love it.

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10458 San Pablo Ave
El Cerrito, CA

Opening Hours

Monday 06:00 - 02:00
Tuesday 06:00 - 02:00
Wednesday 06:00 - 02:00
Thursday 06:00 - 02:00
Friday 06:00 - 02:00
Saturday 06:00 - 02:00
Sunday 06:00 - 02:00
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