Harry Kane scored two goals and created two more as Tottenham Hotspur moved up to sixth place with a 4-1 win over Crystal Palace.
Bale opened the scoring for the second successive home match, converting a cross from Kane at the far post on 25 minutes.
Palace hit back in first-half stoppage time when Christian Benteke headed home from Luka Milivojevic’s cross.
But four minutes after the restart, a cross from Sergio Reguilon was headed back across goal by Kane and nodded in by Bale.
Kane then added his name to the scoresheet on 52 minutes, firing a stunning first-time effort from 20 yards past Vicente Guaita and into the far corner.
The Spurs striker netted his second on 76 minutes, converting from close-range after being teed up by Son Heung-min.
A third successive league win moves Spurs up to sixth on 45 points, two points off the top four, with Palace staying 13th on 34 points.
Liverpool lose again
In an earlier game, Fulham went level on points with Brighton & Hove Albion as Mario Lemina’s strike earned a 1-0 win that extended Liverpool’s losing run at Anfield.
Josh Maja twice went close for the visitors early on, first shooting wide from Kenny Tete’s cross before being denied by Alisson at point-blank range.
Ademola Lookman also had a close-range strike deflected over by Neco Williams.
An impressive first-half display was rewarded in stoppage time, when Lemina drilled in a low shot following a corner.
Liverpool improved in the second half, with the returning Diogo Jota having a volley brilliantly saved by Alphonse Areola.
Substitute Sadio Mane’s looping header struck a post and Xherdan Shaqiri also shot narrowly wide, but Fulham held on for their second Premier League win at Anfield.
A sixth consecutive home league defeat for Liverpool keeps them seventh on 43 points.
Fulham, unbeaten in eight away league matches, stay 18th but are now level with Brighton on 26 points, having played one match more.