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We Love the Nightlife: New Music Venues and a Reborn Pub

A new nightlife spot coming from one of the guys behind the New Parish; Rockhouse Sports Pub and Grill reopens under new owners; Albany’s new beer bar; and more nightlife happenings.

From Albany Tap Room

The beer news keeps on coming! You tired of hearing about new beer bars and breweries? Me neither. Just in case, I’ve also got mentions of new developments over at Livermore’s Rockhouse Sports Pub and Grill and a one-year celebration at Corners Tavern, complete with a martini station. It can’t be all beer news, all the time, right?


The First Beer Bar in Town

In news I feel like I’ve maybe already reported (beer ja vu?), Albany’s got a beer bar, and it sounds like a winner. East Bay Dish notes that Albany Taproom—the self-described first beer bar in town—opened at the beginning of March, and it’s serving up 32 taps of draft beer and cider, plus hundreds of bottles of beer. You can also snag small bites, like fried chickpeas and spicy chicken wings. Anyone check it out? I’m excited to swing by. 745 San Pablo Ave., Albany, (510) 526-2998, albanytaproom.com.


And Another One in Another Town

I hope you’re not tired of beer news, because I have one last quick hit. In its roundup of four new brew venues in Berkeley, Contra Costa Times mentions the upcoming Hoi Polloi Brew Pub, which will be slipping into a tiny space on Alcatraz Avenue. In addition to brewing onsite, the brew pub will serve a selection of 12 to 14 other beers, with a focus on local brews.


Musical Developments

In non-beer news (about time, right?), New Parish co-owner Michael O’Connor is planning to open a newer, smaller venue in Oakland. In an interview with East Bay Express, O’Connor mentions seeking something closer to a 250-person spot, a little more than half the size of New Parish. If all goes to plan, look for an opening sometime in 2014.


Shakeups in Livermore

Livermore residents may have noticed some changes over at Rockhouse Sports Pub and Grill, which reopened on March 22. New owners Barney and Gerarda Stocking are keeping it in the family, employing their Cordon Bleu–trained daughter to helm the kitchen. Unfortunately, they’re still waiting on that good ol’ liquor license from the ABC, so the pub is sans alcohol for the time being. In the meantime, you can still catch sports on the TVs and check out a Ford Model T car near the fireplace. 1840 Portola Ave., Livermore, (925) 606-7625, rockhousesportspub.com.


From Corners Tavern

Corners Tavern Turns One

Happy birthday, Corners Tavern! The popular Walnut Creek restaurant, which replaced Bing’s, turns one today (Thursday, March 28), and it’s celebrating by throwing a party. Stop by from 5–7pm, and you’ll be treated to complimentary hand-passed appetizers and libations. There’s also word of a martini station, in addition to its phenomenal selection of signature cocktails. You had me at martini station. Thursday, March 28, 5–7 p.m., 1342 Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek, event website.


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