We Love the Nightlife: January 3–10
Petar's in Lafayette and Vice Ultra Lounge close; beer and sausages in Oakland; and more nightlife happenings.
I know, I know…I’m betting most of you didn’t resolve to drink more this year. But what about supporting more local businesses? Staying up on current events? We Love the Nightlife can still be a valuable tool, even if you’re doing dry January, and an even more valuable tool if you’re not. Read on for the latest in nightlife news.
Dance-prone cougars and St. Mary’s coeds were rocked this week by the news of Lafayette institution Petar’s closing down. The 54-year-old restaurant and lounge will bid adieu to Lafayette this weekend, with two final performances from the legendary Diamond Dave, who has performed at Petar’s for the last 26 years. Stop by on Friday or Saturday night to say goodbye to an East Bay institution. Ethan will keep checking in to see what may be replacing the restaurant, and rumor has it that Diamond Dave may be popping up over at Dan’s in Walnut Creek.
Petar’s isn’t the only place saying goodbye. Walnut Creek’s Vice Ultra Lounge closed at the end of the year, complete with a bizarre and slightly off-putting “press conference,” from co-owner Matt DeLima. The closure is unsurprising, following a mandated cutback in hours due to the alleged excessive stress the nightlife spot put on the police. One commenter, who attends the Zumba classes held there, hinted that the spot may reopen with a new name and concept, but we’ll have to wait and see what’s next for the Vice crew.
In happier news, it looks like the East Bay will get a taste of the Bourbon and Branch team in the near future. Inside Scoop reports that Future Bars, which also runs Rickhouse, Tradition, and Local Edition, is scoping out locations in either Berkeley or Oakland for an East Bay outpost of its artisan liquor store Cask. And with the new place comes more space—about five times more than the original on Third Street in San Francisco.
Another San Francisco export opens its East Bay location this January. On the 9th, swing over to Swan’s Marketplace in Old Oakland to celebrate the opening of Rosamunde. The sausage joint first built its reputation in the Haight District, slinging meat to hungry patrons of next door’s Toronado beer bar, before expanding to the Mission District and adding a few taps of its own. The Oakland location will feature 18 beers on tap, and also offer outdoor seating. During the grand opening, enjoy $1beers from Linden Street Brewery and tastes from the grill. Wednesday, January 9, 5 p.m., 911 Washington St., Oakland, website.
And last but not least, First Saturdays return to Concord’s Ale Industries this weekend. Look for live music from blues trio Grimey Blue from 4–7 p.m., as well as the usual eclectic collection of skilled local artists and designers. Saturday, January 5, 2–7 p.m., 975 Detroit Ave., Concord, aleindustries.com.