A pool hall on Shattuck Ave in Berkeley. Decorated with an underwater theme, with mermaids and nets, this comfortable bar behind Pegasus Books is one of my favorites. A fine wooden bar, large booths in a sunken room, and a pleasant patio are fine attractions if you're just there to sit. The bartenders are open to mixing different drinks, but they have many good local craftbrews on tap. (And why not drink beer at a pool hall?) A jukebox with an incredible selection of music, but a high price, sets whatever mood you like. Twenty-some pool tables in a huge backroom ajoin the bar.

2367 Shattuck Avenue (between Durant and Channing)