Option #1: THE PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO (1st Street)
The Private Garden Patio is ideal for a family weekend brunch; baby shower or bridal shower; or a secluded garden wedding ceremony. The patio can accommodate a seated breakfast or lunch for up to 35 guests; or a reception with buffet-style appetizers and passed dishes for up to 60 guests.
The patio is set off to the side of the Big Bear building and is enclosed by large garden planters, wood trellis, flowering vines, and flowering trees. The walls are covered with leaves of boston ivy, and a kitchen garden grows along the south side of the space.
We also have arctic kiwi.
The overhead trees give protection from the sun and heat. Two white canopy tents are available for protection from sun and rain.
Option #2: THE INDOOR CAFÉ & SIDE PATIO
The Indoor Café is a wonderful location for seated family-style dinners for up to 42 guests, or open-floor cocktail receptions for up to 75 guests (with easy access to the main bar).
The Indoor Café is the main dining area of Big Bear with tall french-casement windows, walls of exposed brick and plaster, and rough-hewn heart pine tables built from the reclaimed beams of the original Big Bear Market.
The Indoor Café is candle-lit at night and tables are configured for large communal table dining. The room can be cleared for an open reception area or dance floor.
The adjacent private side patio is often used together with the indoor cafe to allow for a separate drinking area, or a Canadian log-cutting marriage ceremony.
Option #3: FULL RESERVATION OF THE PATIO & RESTAURANT
For larger groups or special occasions requiring an indoor and outdoor space, the main patio, side garden patio, and indoor cafe can all be used together for a more dynamic, spacious private affair.
This full reservation option is best for a staged event such as having your wedding ceremony under the garden gape vines be followed by an indoor cocktail reception and adjacent family-style dinner on the patio.
Or your guests can arrive to a welcoming cocktail reception at the indoor bar, followed by a large seated rehearsal dinner under the tent outdoors. There are many ways we can work together to figure what works best for you.
The full reservation of Big Bear is the most popular option for private events. It gives access to both the main bar indoors and the beautiful patio outdoors, and gives you room to move from one setting to the next.