At Oakland’s new go-to after-work spot, owners Chris Pastena and Temoor Noor have struck gold with a particular confluence of factors: the prominent location in Oakland’s business district, a meat-heavy menu tailor-made for the “brogrammer” set, great cocktails, and a dash of old-timey style. During happy hour, in particular, both the bar and dining room are packed to the gills with raucous groups of co-workers of various stripes. As for the food, Tribune Tavern’s classed-up reinterpretations of obscure (in the US) pub classics like Welsh rarebit and Irish colcannon won’t disappoint, and the Guilty Fries (topped with carnitas-style roasted pork) are the very definition of a crowd-pleaser. But it’s in the shareable small plates — asparagus topped with hard-boiled eggs and house-made pancetta, say, or silky and unctuous grilled oxtail — that chef Huw Thornton really shows his skill and creativity.
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 5-11 p.m.
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