Founded in 1985 by two brothers, the Triple Rock Brewery is a laid-back taverna-style pub that serves craft beers from their own collection. The lime-up of brews includes several strong American ales such as the Monkey Head, Red Rock Ale and the Stonehenge Stout. Those who are uncertain about their preference can taste any of their tap beers first in a taster glass for a paltry sum. To nosh on, there are plenty of American bar snacks such as wings, burgers, sandwiches, fries and nachos.
This favorite is full of congenial spirits (both the drinks and the regulars), fish and chips and some of the best in local and Irish bands. Enjoy over two dozen beers on tap, including an impressive selection of local brews and ales, as well as the usual suspects (Guinness, Rolling Rock). There is a small dance floor that fills up during live performances, but also features locals who jump on in for folk dancing. Traditional Irish dance lessons are held on Mondays, and Happy Hour lasts from opening to 7p.
This place has been serving up traditional pub fare, a few gourmet treats and lots of smiles in this congenial "publick" house atmosphere since 1981. If you are looking for a quick meal, want to catch a game on the television in the corner, or are just looking for a spirited good time, it is here. Sit at one of the tall tables or at the huge wood bar. The high ceilings and tall windows keep this place from falling into the dark, smoky sports bar category. Find dozens of beers on tap and a full bar. The menu features old standards like nachos and cheesy potato skins as well as the huge Henry's Burger.
Pappys Bar & Grill, located at the Telegraph Avenue, is a great place for larger groups and even families to spend an evening together. The place is equipped with a large projector screen and several small televisions, hence watching a game at Pappys Bar & Grill is always fun. A good game is well complemented with their scrumptious bar snacks, which are very easy on your pocket. They serve a variety of drinks and have over ten beers on tap. They also house a dance floor at the basement.
You don't have to travel to the Deep South to experience a culinary tradition that is rarely reproduced elsewhere. Perhaps for good reason. Dubbed, the best place for eating beanie weenies while listening to deep house by Rolling Stone magazine, this strange creation serves microwaved trailer trash food (Mac'n'Cheese, fries, TV dinners, etc) from an actual trailer to crowds of hipsters and clubkids. Nightly DJs and a full bar add music and mayhem to the nuke-food energy, keeping Butter's atmosphere radiant.
A beautiful setting welcomes you at Mad Oak. Owned and operated by Benjamin and Daniel Cukierman, the bar opened its doors in May 2015. In a short span of time, it gained much popularity among the locals. The interiors are an elegant affair with the use of woods and thoughtful lighting accents. The wooden top bar counter, two-floored patio space and a rooftop garden make this place quite happening for a casual hangout. The menu features about 40 varieties of tap beers and crafty cocktails. To accompany your tipples, they offer light American fare. This is a good bar to catch up on your favorite game- there are two flat-screens in the interior area.
For those who would love to sip on a craft cocktail based on superhero comic books, then First Edition is the place to be. Spacious yet intimate, the interiors are done up in black that accentuate the comic book motifs like superhero figurines and large comic book graphic art hanging from the walls. The menu comprises of classic cocktails along with original creations which have been inspired by the Cocktail Codex. From a simple yet timeless Pina Colada to an innovative cocktail like Mad Titan made with Vodka, Meletti and St.George Nola Coffee seasoning, the menu has it all. Perfect for an evening after-work cocktail, the space can also be rented for private events.
District is a ritzy spot in the heart of Oakland's old town, popular for its exhaustive selection of fine wines and whiskeys. The sparkling glass alcohol booths, comfy lounge-style sitting booths and dim lights radiate a hip ambiance. Its diverse bill of fare features small plates, crusty pizzas and home-style grilled dishes, along with its usual wines and craft ales. Stop in for a lavish brunch spread, even as you choose between an extensive display of wines by glass and bottle.
With its vibrantly illuminated interiors and an even more flamboyant crowd, the Port Bar is one of the hip and happening places to enjoy Oakland's nightlife. Blending modern and rustic industrial decor, the bar is brimming with convivial patrons and is known to be one of the best LGBT bars of the city. With happy hours and a variety of craft cocktails, you can sway to the DJ music or catch one of the cabaret events.
Down Telegraph Avenue, the Double Standard bar makes a mark with its dive bar-esque exteriors. Once inside, the decor of this place cajoles you into admitting that this is somewhat more upscale than it actually appears, with its swank settings. An absolute must-see is the back patio that surrounds three redwood trees, with string lights and picnic tables. Come here for the fabulous craft cocktails on tap, the most striking one being the special Curry Shot.