This is the place to go if you want to step back in time and taste some of the finest hops around, made in the most venerable of traditions.
The College Avenue restaurant and wine bar, opened in 2011 by two local moms, serves meals made with local produce and sustainably farmed and caught fish and meats, and small plates for pairing with carefully selected, small-production wines. TOAST is also available for private events.
This steakhouse is equipped with a comedy club and bar. Customers can find this joint near the Dublin/Pleasanton BART station. There are various comedy acts throughout the year so check the web site's calendar for a full list of shows. The menu for the steakhouse features mainly American cuisine and they have drink specials for events. Every Monday night is open-mic night.
Located in Oakland’s Rockridge district, Trappist Provisions is a small and intimate taproom that specializes in small craft European and domestic beers. It offers 9 specialty beers on tap at a given time and more than 160 selections for sale. Can’t decide? The attentive bartenders will provide samples of each tap.
Triple Rock has a local vibe, a dozen house beers on tap, comfort food, and the best rooftop beer garden in the East Bay.
This small urban winery also boasts a lovely tasting room, with several of the company's wines on tap and in bottles.
Erected in the building that used to house the Oakland Box, this swank rock club is decked out with a classy mahogany bar inherited from the Old Spaghetti Factory, plus top-notch acoustics designed by the sound consultant at Yoshis. A lot of things have changed since the old Box days, most notably in terms of decor: Bushmamas old boutique is now The Green Room, where performers kick back before going onstage; and the clubs sign is now shaped like an electric guitar. The Uptown features local and touring acts in a variety of genres, including hip-hop, soul, rock, and ska.
Housed in the Oakland International Airport, Vino Volo attempts to pull the airport drinking experience up from the depths of plastic chairs/warm beer mediocrity — and does so winningly, with an expansive, international wine list, well-trained staff, and sleek design.
Venue is a 24,000-square-foot multi-level entertainment facility, featuring a restaurant, a nightclub and lounge called Vinyl, a juice bar called Blend, a bike parking and repair shop called 510 spokes, and a live music venue called Grand-Live.
Its apparent as soon as you step into the Warehouse that this Jack London establishment caters to our civic men and women in uniform — various badges and shields of law enforcement agencies cover the walls above the pool table. Beyond that, the Warehouse is a clean, friendly watering hole for watching the game on the flat-screen TV or enjoying a burger.
This Rockridge bar — designed as though a frat house has been airlifted and dropped into a ski lodge, with a roaring fire, a pool table, and ping pong tables — is a great place: friendly but not decorous; well-loved but not dirty; lively but not claustrophobic, and, mercifully, quiet enough to have a conversation.
This Jack London Square anchor tenant lives up to its claim of world-class jazz; everyone from McCoy Tyner to John Scofield comes by at least once a year, and you can also occasionally catch rising stars and school bands in addition to big-name national acts. The acoustics are marvelous, the sushi is fresh and good, and the grilled calamari is also recommended. Tickets range from $5 for a Sunday afternoon children's matinee (with paid adult admission) to upwards of $100 for a special event. Two shows nightly.
This California bistro joint, housed in a grand-looking 1920s-era building, features more than one hundred vodkas, plus specialty cocktails.
It's a neighborhood bar, but it's no dive; stylish Z's is adorned with ornate chandeliers overhead, upholstered and cushioned barstools in a rich red, a gleaming cherry-wood bar, fresh flower arrangements, and decorative lion-head pillars behind the bar. Yet despite this attention to detail, Z's clientele tends toward the casual and laid-back. Intimate and friendly with a hint of class, it's the quintessential 21st-century Alameda bar.
The Lake Merritt wine bar, a neighboring component to Sorella di Zza’s Italian restuarant, features more than 40 wines available by the taste, glass, or flight. It also accomodates private parties of up to 25 people.