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First Bite: Retro and Refined

The midcentury-inspired Bardo Lounge and Supper Club is a sleek addition to Oakland.


Anna Wick

With the ultimate bar menu—innovative bites inspired by insipid hors d’oeuvres from the ’60s—and cocktails both retro and modern served in vintage glassware, Bardo Lounge and Supper Club, which opened on Lakeshore Avenue in October, offers one of the sultriest lounges in Oakland.

Framed by brick and dark wood, with sexy black barstools and curvy couches, it’s an ideal hangout after work. Have some just-fried potato chips with smoky onion dip and a deviled duck egg or two, or get the finely crafted burger—a gourmet riff on the drive-in classic.

And that’s just half the story. A mezzanine dining space offers a more refined experience—multi-course and à la carte options—with just enough old-school touches to give the thoroughly contemporary menu a distinctive character. We swooned over a Camembert cheese fondue laced with uni; a full complement of seasonal veggies, each prepared in a separate manner. The boldly spiced and remarkably tender pork shoulder, a firm and flavorful short rib steak, and cod fried in a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer batter were all sensational. So whatever your mood, come enjoy snacks or supper with a nod to the past. Mad Men never had it so good.

3343 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland, (510) 836-8737, bardooakland.com. Dinner Wed.-Sun. 

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Happy Hour Bar & Bites at
The Cooperage

Monday through Friday
3pm – 5:30pm


This isn’t your typical happy hour. This quintessential neighborhood spot offers high-quality craft cocktails on tap and tasty bites. Menu features: $10 cocktails on tap, $5 select beer & wine, $1 oysters, $7 bacon cheeseburger sliders, $7 crispy beer battered shrimp sliders, $9 sashimi-grade ahi tuna tartare. 

32 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette
​Reservations: www.thecooperagelafayette.com or 925.298.5915

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