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Cal Game Day Specials

This season, head to these local watering holes for specials and Bears-themed bites and drinks.

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As September 1 creeps closer, Berkeley football fans have high hopes for a productive 2012 season inside the newly renovated Memorial Stadium. As much as we can’t wait to check out the open-air concourse and renovations (we have a sneak peek in our September issue), even die-hard Golden Bears fans don’t always make it to the stadium on game day. We got the scoop on where to grab a bite and beer before or after the game, or where to watch opening day from the comfort of a Berkeley establishment.


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Best for: Bear fans looking for a classy, refined atmosphere, and for visiting team fans to avoid getting heckled when they cheer for the opposite team.
The vibe: Modern American bistro: comfort food with a seasonal California twist.
The deal: Golden Bear cocktail $5, $14 beer and burger special; Bear Claws and BEARitos during the morning of each home game, starting September 1; special visiting team drink at the bar for visiting team fans/alumni during each home football weekend (e.g., “Wolf Pack Punch” for the first game vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack). 
Where to watch: Showing the game on two TVs

2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, (510) 225-6055, five-berkeley.com

Paragon at the Claremont

Best for: Die-hard fans who want to be on the post-game show.
The vibe: Casual American brasserie with great views of the Bay and seating outside on the deck.
The deal: Golden Bear food and drink specials include a $10 “Bear”ger, $8 blueberry and citrus “Cal”tini, and draft beer for $5.

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Where to watch… er, listen: Tune in to the Cal/ISP Sports Radio Network (810 AM) after every football game for “Post-Game at the Paragon,” Cal’s 30-minute football post-game radio show that will air live from the Paragon Bar & Café this season. The program is hosted by former Cal quarterback Lee Grosscup and new co-host Kate Scott, who will recap game action and feature interviews with Golden Bear players and coaches. Locals can stop by the Paragon to listen to the show live—after each home and away contest, fans are invited to join Lee and Kate at the Paragon to watch and participate in the show.

41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley, (510) 549-8585, paragonrestaurant.com.

Kip’s Bar

Best for: College kids and those who want to relive their college days.
The vibe: The “Yo Bears Memorial Stadium Pre-Opening” will kick off the season at this classic Berkeley bar and grill.
The deal: Kip’s is teaming up with Yeoman Organics to offer commemorative beer koozie giveaways, drink and meal specials, trivia, games, raffles, and t-shirts.
Where to watch: This event goes down the night before, so you can get in the football spirit before catching the game live or on TV the next day.
When: Friday, Aug. 31, 4-9pm

2439 Durant Ave., Berkeley, (510) 848-4340, kipsberkeley.com.