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Bear's Place

1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3778
+1 812-339-3460
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible13%
Sep 25, 2017
“Great college bar...”
1 week ago
“Gotta get a Hairy Bear!”
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American, Bar, Pub, Deli
1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3778
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is known for the Hairy Bear, their version of a long island, but they've also got great burgers and apps.

Thank chdtaylo
Reviewed September 25, 2017

Go to Bear's Place for a great college bar with tasty drinks and hot food. The staff works hard to make sure that you enjoy the place.

Thank Pro698
Reviewed June 20, 2017 via mobile

Stopped by for IU Orientation Day 'social' on Tuesday "open mic night" in the back room. Ordered beer and cider from guy. Then decides to card us graying parents of 48 years. Beer comes. Don't see him again until 10 minutes after they were empty....More

Thank sjlocke
Reviewed April 14, 2017

I didn't seek this place out. I was in a hurry, needed to grab a bite, and decided to duck into Bear's Place. I left satisfied without spending a lot of money, and the staff, sensing my urgency, treated me well and got my food...More

Thank femaleboxer
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

Bear's Place (not to be confused with Mother Bear's Pizza across the street) is probably better known for its drinks and music, but it has a restaurant following too. It's fine for basic pub fare. Its fries are popular but not worth a trip by...More

Thank cheesqueen
Reviewed January 26, 2017 via mobile

Great food - I recommend the 'Tiger-Bear Burger' - and you can't go wrong with a 'Harry Bear' - but go slow or they will knock you on your harryass!

Thank IUALUM_foodie
Reviewed September 13, 2016

I first tried bear's Place for lunch about three years ago and was not impressed. Limited menu, so-so service, that sort of thing. Thank goodness I decided to go back! I am now a regular. If you have not been to Bear's in awhile try...More

Thank HoosierJeff
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Its been a fixture in Bloomington for decades and its longevity attests to its friendly service and good food. When I was a graduate student in the School of Education, I seriously doubt if I could have completed my graduate degrees without Bear's Place! And...More

Thank BaliHaiH15
Reviewed August 5, 2016

Cozy neighborhood and campus hangout. I've been going there since it opened in 1973. If you come often, it will feel like home. Decent food, all kinds of drinks, live music and other entertainment from time to time in the back room. New owner has...More

Thank cmeyer634
Reviewed July 23, 2016

Every time I've been here I've received excellent service from really fun people, the atmosphere is always warm and the drinks specials are great. It's a comfortable and affordable place to meet with friends. The food is pretty good as well, which is rare in...More

Thank Lauren M
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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American, Bar, Pub, Deli
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1316 E 3rd St, Bloomington, IN 47401-3778
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Bloomington
  • Phone Number: +1 812-339-3460
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