by Cheryl Morgan
March 13, 2001
The Thirsty Bear took its name from a newspaper report of a tale of thievery with violence in Moscow. An escaped circus bear wandered into a city centre bar and, being a mite thirsty began demanding beer from the clientele. Not wishing to tangle with the bear, the drinkers gave up their pints quietly. After several drinks, the bear wandered off and was apprehended by the local constabulary whilst sleeping off the effects of the alcohol on a park bench.
I know very little about beer, being not at all partial to the warm and bitter brews that my fellow Brits are so fond of. Fortunately Thirsty Bear caters for all tastes. Alongside the IPA, ESB and Brown Ale are a wheat beer, a pilsner, a stout and a vanilla flavoured beer that even Kevin, a devout beer-hater, found delightful. The Bear also offers a couple of seasonal speciality beers. Check the web site to see what is available.
Food at the Thirsty Bear can mean anything from munching away at olives and bread while you drink to a full-scale Spanish meal. A quick look at the menu is sufficient to tell you that these guys know what they are doing. How many restaurants do you know that serve three different types of paella? Fish, by the way, is a common feature of the menu, and the restaurant's star dish is the Kokotxas Donostiarra starter: sautéed fish cheeks in garlic and sherry.
I love this place: good beer, superb food, what more could you ask for?
From journal South of Market: the new San Francisco