Convincing your usual weekend crew to ditch their favorite pub and try something new takes guts.
You might it even say it takes Moxy, which happens to be the name of Berkeley's newest beer garden.
On a Friday night you can expect it to be packed to the rafters with a crowd that’s part upperclassmen, part techie. The great unifier: everyone in this joint is interested in Moxy’s selection of microbrewery magic.
Grab a table al fresco and order all at once. This ensures your buzz is perfectly preserved between courses, and it's so you won't have to wait too long for the delectable Moroccan lamb burger and truffle fries.
Another upside: more time to sip 16- or 20-ounce pours of your pick from 14 draft beers (Almanac, Anderson Valley).
Sip those gems by the fire pit, at the dart board, or in front of the game-of-the-day tuned telly.
Yep, a fire pit. Doubt your man cave has one of those.
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Price: 1 (out of 4)
Noise: 3 (out of 4)
Scene: Cal students, biker locals and East Bay suburbanites
Best Bets: Moroccan lamb burger; truffle fries; any of their fine selection of 14 beers on tap or 11 by the bottle.
Hotseat: In the beer garden, near the firepit.
Nearby: Emilia's Pizzeria; The Starry Plough Pub; Flaco's