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We Love the Nightlife: August 16–23

Sierra Nevada invades Martinez; urban wineries team up with local restaurants for a day of tasting; sample Norwegian brews for the first time in the US; and more nightlife happenings.

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Saturday is looking like the new Friday, with all of these events going down on the 18th, although I wouldn’t mind swinging by Creek Monkey’s tap takeover on Friday. Whether you favor beer, wine, or burlesque, here are your best bets for weekend fun. 


Creek Monkey's patioTap takeover

Usually brewery nights and tap takeovers involve a few kegs of the selected brewery’s beer. Apparently, that’s not Sierra Nevada’s style. Stop by Martinez for Sierra Nevada’s “Occupy Creek Monkey” weekend, starting tomorrow. All of Creek Monkey’s 20 taps will feature Sierra Nevada beers, many fresh from the brewery’s beer camps and limited in release. Throughout the weekend, the pub will also be hosting trivia and paired dishes. If only I had a personal driver so I could sample all 20…Friday, August 17–Sunday, August 19, 611 Escobar St., Martinez, creekmonkey.com.

The urban (wine) jungle

This summer event, put on by the East Bay Vintners Alliance, features more than 18 local wineries pouring whites, red, roses, and more in one easily conquered location. At Rockwall Wine Co. in Alameda, each winery will be teaming up with a local restaurant to also provide paired bites, so it’s not just wine sloshing around in your belly—which will help, when it comes time for dancing to live music. $45 in advance, $60 at the door, Saturday, August 18, 1–5 p.m., 2301 Monarch St., Alameda, eastbayvintners.com/urban-wine-experience.

Norwegian brews in the East Bay

Don’t ask me to pronounce it, but this Saturday, ØL is throwing a mini-fest for Norwegian brewery Ægir, which is releasing its brews into the US for the first time. You’ll have the opportunity to sample the brewery’s blonde, pale ale, altbier, Sumbel porter, and Natt imperial porter. For $20 you can try five-ounce pours of all five, and full glasses will be available for purchase. Saturday, August 18, 6 p.m., 1541 Giammona Dr., Walnut Creek, beer-shop.org.

Hippie burlesque

It sounds like a weird pairing, but the Shattuck Down Low is hosting Burlesque Moulin’s Hippie: La Revolution, a peace and love–themed burlesque performance, this Saturday night. Featured “hippies on stage” include Lady Satan, Isis Starr, and Ginger Skyye, among others. Stop by at 7 p.m. for dinner from chef Mark Silva, or 8 if you’re just in the mood for a good show and lots of skin. $12, Saturday, August 18, 7–10 p.m., 2284 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, shattuckdownlow.com.

Cocktail Week Approaches...

Looking ahead, SF Cocktail Week is just on the horizon, with a couple of events in the East Bay. Last year I had an absolute blast watching local bartenders square off in an Old West–themed shake-off, and I can’t wait to dig out my neon fishnets this September. Snag tickets fast—Cocktail Week events are known to sell out.

On Thursday, September 20, go back in time with Totally Awesome East Bay to the Max, a costume-encouraged 80s bash at the New Parish featuring tweaks on “classic” new wave cocktails from East Bay bartenders. Think Fuzzy Navels and Slippery Nipples, reimagined with quality ingredients.

For the Cocktail Week wrap-up on Sunday, September 23, St. George is inviting you to get behind bars at its distillery in Alameda. The annual summertime party will feature a cocktail competition, prison-themed outdoor games (“catch the soap”), and other treats deemed “too controversial to share.”


What do you like to do on a Friday or Saturday night? We are out and about looking for best night on the town, because We Love the Nightlife. Send us your tips at d-mail@maildiablo.com.


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