Taps: 4 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 17 | Display Reviews Only:
4.21/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
Overall, my favorite place in Morgantown. They've got a pretty decent selection of craft beer for Morgantown. They just installed 20 beer taps, so now have a few Sierra Nevada, Samuel Adams, Southern Tier and Rogue beers on tap, along with a good amount of beer that's brewed within the state. The amount of beers brewed within WV (many of which within Morgantown) is what really improved their selection, it's what makes the place so special. Along with that, the food is incredible. The burritos off of the "special guests" menu are my favorites. I'd definitely suggest this place to any beer geeks traveling to Morgantown.
07-29-2013 19:31:18 | More by FreshButterbeer
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
First of all, before getting to the beer selection, the food at Black Bear is amazing. There are several options for individuals looking for vegetarian/vegan entrees, made with local ingredients. The beer selection here is great, easily an establishment with more variety than one would see in other restaurants in the area. They recently upgraded their offerings, including taps for over a dozen beers. The selection of bottles is pretty wide as well. Live entertainment here does wonders for the atmosphere as well, and the staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the products they sell.
07-26-2013 05:52:40 | More by Jackal
3.3/5 rDev -16.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $
Given some of the previous reviews, this was a place I was looking forward to visiting in Morgantown. Maybe my expectations were just too high, but my visit this evening was a major disappointment.
BB is a fairly sizeable beer bar/restaurant, something that surprised me from the look of the place outside. Inside, it's kind of oddly decorated (the green paint just seems out of place), and the old, rickety, tables and chairs give the place something of a cafeteria look. That look is only reinforced by the lack of table service (you have to go up front to the cash register to order, unless you're sitting at the bar - as I was). The place has an informal, low key vibe otherwise, which is something I always appreciate. As for the beer selection.... sigh. It's really not all that great. Today they had a couple of beers from North End brewing on tap, including the 5 way ipa. I tried a sample of the 5 way, and as it pretty much sucked (the bartender indicated it was way too hoppy for him - I found it to be one of the maltier, sweeter, least hoppy IPA's I've ever sampled), I opted for the always reliable dead guy. Otherwise, there were a total of 4 beers on tap (SNPA and the APA from North End), then a cold box of 30 or 40 bottle selections. Variety is really not all that great here... they had a large selection of Rogue bombers (I asked the bartender about the Rogue XS imperial/DIPA, and he had never heard of it), and then some beers from Flying Dog, Sierra Nevada, harpoon and a couple of others (they had just gotten in the Nosferatu, which was the only Great Lakes beer they had on hand).
The service was friendly but clueless, although at least I didn't have to wait long for anything. The special of the day was a seafood stew, and based on the description, I ordered a bowl of it. Supposedly, the dish has a variety of veggies, some blue crab, tilapia and tuna, but I tasted almost none of that. It actually reminded me of an underspiced, lackluster bowl of gumbo (with rice on the bottom). It was still fairly tasty, but if I ever come here again, I'll stick with the burritos, which seem to be where this place shines.
OK. There are some good things about this place, but they really don't make this a BA destination. The young folks working here know next to nothing about craft beer, but on the other hand, everyone was very friendly, and drink and food orders come quickly. Also, prices here are reasonable, bordering on cheap. My pint of dead guy and bowl of stew cost me a paltry $8.75 (75 cents off for happy hour on the dead guy), and I know when I was a college student, that kind of gentle pricing would have made this a major draw for me. So it seems to me that's probably what they're going for here, and there's nothing at all wrong with that kind of business model. However, it's just not what I'm looking for any more (my college days are long behind me), and I'm not really sure I can see any reason to return any time soon.
09-25-2012 23:26:02 | More by John_M
3.93/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
One of the better places to go in town to get some good food with a good beer. They usually have quite a few things on tap, again, nothing impressive by Pittsburgh or DC standard, but they usually have a few Rogues, a Flying Dog, and a Great Lakes. You go there for the burritos though. Its got a fun atmosphere and seems to be the place for the local kayakers/rockclimbers to eat.
Jay's Getaway is close to the restaurant as well. Ideally, you could grab a bite to eat with a beer at Black Bear and then head over the Jay's afterwards. For a good night out of food and beer with friends, I'd either pick this place or Gibbies.
09-20-2011 14:47:12 | More by jschonert
4.3/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $
Was very very impressed, good service, great food, great beer. It's West Virginia which by definition underwhelms, yet this place was OUTSTANDING. Very VERY hip. Good tunes playing, very friendly folks. The service was as good as any I have ever had. The food was excellent and very reasonably priced. Good portions and served nicely and quickly too. IO spoke with a few folks in the bar and they were warm & welcoming. They made suggestions of other spots I might enjoy while in Morgantown.
I highly recommend this place.
12-08-2010 00:19:04 | More by aeibrean
Black Bear in Morgantown, WV
89 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.