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The Happiest Hour: The Last Word

This late-night gathering place brings high-caliber cocktails to Livermore.


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Left to right: Spicy pork taco, The Southside, Bassian Farms ground beef slider with fries.

A.K. Carroll

After just one year on the scene, the owners and staff of The Last Word are making good on their promise to “make drinking fun again” in Livermore. The quality of the classic cocktails at The Last Word has drawn local and national attention (from Via, Playboy, and the Nightclub and Bar show), while the friendly atmosphere and total lack of pretense bring in crowds of customers night after night. Doors open at 4 p.m. and stay open late, making this the perfect place to hit up after a movie, following dinner, or when you’re on the hunt for a tasty nightcap.

With nearly two dozen cocktails to choose from, The Last Word’s bar menu is where it’s at when it comes to libations. The algae-green Southside may look like something from a sci-fi movie, but the perfect ratio of mint, lemon, and gin make this drink a remarkably crisp and surprisingly popular gateway cocktail. Classic three-ingredient recipes (like the Old Fashioned, the Fitzgerald, and the Gold Rush) prove that simple doesn’t mean inferior, and that craft doesn’t equate to time-consuming.

The late-night food menu offers snack specials and bar food, including three varieties of fried potato (chips, fries, and truffled tater tots). For the lighter appetite, there’s a two-bite slider so juicy it melts straight through the arugula and into the bun. The braised pork taco is equal parts small, satisfying, and spicy, while the steak and fries in the California burrito are so substantial, you might need to share it (or take it in shifts).

There's no wi-fi to be found, so bring some real people you can talk to. Drink, eat, and gather at The Last Word--a little piece of city in the middle of the suburbs.

2470 First St., Livermore, (925) 493-7293, drinkeatgather.com.

Video: Owner Rick Dobbs mixes up an Old Fashioned, proving that quality and simplicity are not mutually exclusive.


For more of The Happiest Hour, check out Barbacoa, Forge Handcrafted Pizza, Corners Tavern, A16, and Blue Gingko.