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We Love the Nightlife: New Sports Bar and Drinking for a Good Cause

An upscale sports lounge takes the place of Vice in Walnut Creek; Bec’s closes in Berkeley; St. Baldrick’s fundraiser at Creek Monkey Tap House; and more nightlife news and events.

Courtesy of Hangar 24

Did anyone else catch the plague? I feel like I did, so I’ll be spending my downtime this weekend huddled underneath blankets on my couch. If you actually have working use of your sinuses, here’s the latest on nightlife openings and closings, plus my top picks for weekend fun.


Undeterred by the closure of Vice earlier this year, former owner Matt DeLima will manage the new sports lounge scheduled to take its place. Blu42—like the call a quarterback can make before the ball is hiked—will be an upscale sports bar, with a full restaurant to boot. As for the recent stay on new full liquor licenses? Walnut Creek Patch reports that DeLima believes Vice’s license can be transferred to the new venture. Look for a soft opening tomorrow, and a grand opening coming in April.

Over in Berkeley, a bar of a different kind bit the dust. According to Ethan over at Dish, Bec’s Bar and Bistro closed recently, only a few years after replacing Beckett’s Irish Pub.

Courtesy of Diamond DaveBack in January, I mentioned Redlands-based brewery Hangar 24 expanded to the Bay Area. Just heard word from the brewery that you can now find it on tap at local favorites such as Beer Revolution, Ben & Nick’s, Cato’s Ale House, the newly opened Rosamunde in Oakland, and more. Look for an expansion into Berkeley and Alameda bars in upcoming months.

If you’ve been suffering from Diamond Dave withdrawals since Petar’s shut its doors, there are still plenty of opportunities to catch the talented cover artist. He plays every Thursday at Dan’s Irish Sports Bar in Walnut Creek, and you can catch him select Fridays at the Roundup in Lafayette and Meenar in Danville. For a full list of his upcoming performances, stop by his Facebook page.


Friday, March 1:

First Fridays at Drake’s. Back for another month, Drake’s First Fridays welcome the public to the brewery’s outdoor lot for beer, food, and charity. All of the breweries standard offerings, as well as a few seasonals, will be available for purchase. This month, a $5 voluntary donation at the gate benefits San Leandro’s Assumption School. For $15, you’ll also receive a tasting glass and tokens for three full pours. 4–8 p.m., 1933 Davis St., building 177, San Leandro, (510) 568-2739, event website.

Saturday, March 2:

Happy birthday, Ale Industries! The Concord brewery celebrates four years in business this weekend, at its popular Saturday artist market. A day full of live music, good, and local goods, standouts include beer-infused cupcakes from The Punky Chef, sausages crafted from Ale Industries beer from Compass Star, an acoustic set from Swoon, and companion animal treats and toys from Dog Patch SF. Also, throughout the month of March, $1 from every pint of the brewery’s Golden State of Mind sold benefits Shelter, Inc. 2–7 p.m., 975 Detroit Ave., Concord, (925) 470-5280, event website.

Courtesy of Creek Monkey Tap HouseGo bald. For the second year, the Martinez brewery is hosting St. Baldrick’s, an event to raise money for children fighting cancer. Citrus Salon will be buzzing the hair off of big-hearted volunteers, who have been raising money in honor of the occasion. More than 50 participants are signed up to be shaved, including the mayor of Martinez. Expect live music throughout the day, and the Raiderettes will be on hand for moral support. To donate, go here. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., 611 Escobar St., Martinez, (925) 228-8787, event website.


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