We Love the Nightlife: 8/2–8/9
Another addition to the dueling piano scene; Dublin’s secret tiki bar; IPA Day; and more nightlife happenings.
Sauced BBQ & Spirits
Dueling Dueling Pianos
We mentioned that recently opened Hamachi would be introducing dueling pianos to the city of Walnut Creek, joining That Bar in Danville and ShBoom in San Ramon. Now Sauced in Livermore is getting in on the action. In addition to a new live music schedule, the BBQ joint is introducing “Piano Madness” every weekend. Looks like the competing dueling pianos will have to duke it out to see who reigns supreme at tickling the keys. 2300 1st St., Livermore, (925) 961-1300, saucedbbqandspirits.com.
Dublin’s Hidden Tiki Haven
Rumor has it over at Dublin Patch that there’s a hidden tiki bar in the city. Technically, it’s not a bar, but a neighborhood backyard turned into tropical hangout. Run by “Bartender Dan,” the exact location is a bit of a mystery, but in-the-know locals have been flocking to the joint for more than 10 years for rum-based concoctions like the Freaky Tiki. Any tips on how to get an invite?
Walnut Creek Marriott Revamps
Probably one of the more under-the-radar joints in Walnut Creek, the Marriott is a surprisingly excellent place for spotting visiting baseball stars and musicians playing the Sleep Train Pavilion. The hotel recently completed a renovation of the property, including a new menu and small plates concept for its A’trio Restaurant and Lounge, but has kept its same laidback yet classy vibe. Stop by for Friday jazz night, when musicians such as Allen Frederick and the George Glover Trio perform, or swing by after work for $6 selected bar bites and $5 well cocktails, wine, and beer from 3–6 p.m. 2355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, website.
I know, it seems like there’s a day for everything now. But the Twitterverse has deemed today IPA day, and I’m not one to argue with 140 characters, especially when local pubs are getting in on the action. Tap 25 will play host to Joe from Mendocino Brewing Co., who’ll bring the brewery’s White Hawk IPA along for the ride, and slew of the owners’ favorite Indian pale ales will be available on tap. Pyramid in Berkeley is also celebrating with a $5 five-IPA tasting set. IPAday.org.
One Fermented Evening
This under-the-radar recurring foodie event just received some major press over at East Bay Express, and now you’ll have a chance to see what all of the buzz is about. During the monthly beer pairing dinners, One Fermented Evening chef Devon Boisen whips up meals meant to be paired with a specific brewery, and this month it’s Sierra Nevada. The dinner also appears to be fowl-focused, with quail eggs, game hen, lemongrass chicken, duck breast, and bird’s nest (hopefully not literal). $40, Thursday, August 2, at The Terrace Room, 1800 Madison St., Oakland, (503) 975-1075, website.
DIY Beer Dinner
Feel like trying it yourself? Pyramid Breweries has teamed up with Iron Chef Michael Symon to craft recipes that pair well with, and often feature, Pyramid’s beers. The chef gives you step-by-step instructions for bratwurst with bacon and onion chutney, pork tacos, and a burger, meant to be paired with Pyramid’s Outburst IPA, Apricot Ale, and Hefeweizen. Think I may have to give those apricot ale tacos a try…
You may have swung by one of the memorable concerts at Wente, but have you ever caught the winemaker performing with his own band? This weekend, the winery hosts Homegrown, which features Front Porch, Karl Wente’s band, as well as the Bay Area’s Stone Foxes. Picnic on the lawn and drink wine while listening to live music. I won’t blame you if you get up and dance. Pack a jacket in case temperatures turn chilly once the sun sets. Saturday, August 4, 5-9 p.m., 5565 Tesla Rd., Livermore, website.
An Oakland Biergarten
If you’re looking for a way to while away a Sunday, the Oakland Branch of Nature Friends Tourist Club is hosting a Biergarten Fest in the Oakland hills. It may sound like a hippie commune, but after visiting the Tourist Club in Mill Valley, I can assure you they leave the incense and affirmations at home and focus on the beer. At the celebration you can snack on German food, swill European beer, and listen to Bavarian music while attempting Austrian folkdances, all in an outdoor setting. $10 for adults, kids under 14 free. RSVP to reserve your spot. Sunday, August 5, 12–6 p.m. 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland, (510) 531-2930, website.