Option #1: FULL RESERVATION OF THE PATIO & RESTAURANT
For large groups, and events that require multiple indoor and outdoor spaces, the Big Bear Cafe can be completely reserved as a whole.
The main grape-vine covered patio is an ideal location for wedding ceremonies and large garden dinners. The indoor cafe works well for receptions at the bar, or for indoor dinners with large communal family-styke meals.
The secluded side patio works well for after-dinner cocktail receptions, for surprise parties, or a Canadian log-cutting Baumstamm Sagen.
The spaces can all be configured to meet your particular needs.
This is the most popular option for private events since it gives access to both the main bar indoors and the beautiful patio outdoors.
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 65 guests (with easy access to the main bar).
The Indoor Café is the main dining area of Big Bear with tall french-casement windows that open to the gardens, 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 also 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 .
Option #3: THE PRIVATE GARDEN PATIO (1st Street)
The Private Garden Patio is ideal for a family weekend brunch; baby shower or bridal shower, or a small wedding ceremony. It 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.
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The overhead trees give good protection from the sun and heat. Two white canopy tents are available for protection from sun and rain.