The Big Bear Tavern (or Big Bear Inn) was a bar and club at 7300 Redwood Road. It had a large wooden bear in front for signage

The club was home to the traditional jazz revival of the 1940s. 1 The club is memorialized in the Yerba Buena Jazz Band's song, "Big Bear Stomp". 1

The club was owned by E. Smith in October, 1935, when it was raided for illegal gaming machines. 4

It was sold by L. J. Bischoff in July, 1936. 3

Jack Remers was shot in the arm during a dust-up when he and some friends came in with their own beer and told they couldn't drink it there. 5

The site was used for a Hollywood re-creation of a gas station for the Clint Eastwood movie True Crime (1999). 2

Links and References

  1. Yerba Buena Jazz Band
  2. Anthony Chabot Regional Park on Wikipedia
  3. Business Changes Oakland Tribune July 4, 1936
  4. Two Counties Launch New Gaming Raids Oakland Tribune October 22, 1935
  5. One Shot in Tavern Fight Oakland Tribune January 27, 1938