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We Love the Nightlife: November 29–December 5

Party with the crew at St. George Spirits; San Ramon gets a new sports bar; sample a rare beer at the only place in the Bay to carry; and more nightlife happenings.

Did you miss me? I apologize for my absence, but some of you were probably too busy getting drunk with old friends to notice. But I'm back with news of celebrations, new bars in the inner East Bay, and some rumblings out in the Tri-Valley. Prost!


Jorg Rupf, Lance Winters, and Dave Smith

St. George celebrates 30

Happy birthday old friends! While I may not be personally acquainted with the Alameda distillery, I’m on pretty good terms with its gin. St. George Spirits, along with Commonwealth Club, celebrates the big 3-0 this Friday with 30 Years Under the Influence: St. George’s Tale of Liquid Courage. Jörg Rupf, who founded the distillery in 1982, distillers Lance Winters (one of the funniest guys I’ve had the pleasure of hearing discuss booze) and Dave Smith, and moderator and Oliveto restaurant owner Bob Klein will discuss the history of the distillery and the future of artisanal spirits during a panel discussion. But don’t worry, it’s not just talk. You’ll have the opportunity to tour the distillery, sample three decade-inspired drinks, rub elbows at the reception (because your hands will clearly be full), and snack on inspired hors d’oeuvres such as Manhattan tostadas. And come say hi! Last time I went to a liquor event I was the one in the biggest heels, so I shouldn’t be hard to spot. $60-75, Friday, November 30, 7:30–10 p.m., 2601 Monarch St., Alameda, website.

Lost and Found

The team behind the Layover, a place I’ve been known to shake my groove thang from time to time, is venturing outside. According to Ellen Cushing of East Bay Express, the upcoming Lost and Found will be a beer garden and café, and will also support art-risk youth by acting as a site for job creation and work training. Look for a spring opening. 2040 Telegraph Ave., Oakland.


It wouldn’t feel write to end Movember without a nod to the mustache and, thankfully, Fiveten Burger’s Roland Robles delivers. Grubstreet reports that Robles and partner Jennifer Seideman plan to bring a new restaurant and bar to University Avenue. The joint will be named Handlebar, and the duo is currently shooting for a spring opening. 984 University Avenue, Berkeley.

Pints for Prostates and Movember

What exactly is Movember, you ask? During the month of November, guys grow skeevy mustaches to generate awareness and funding for men’s health research, primarily prostate cancer., Pyramid Alehouse in Berkeley is teaming up with Pints for Prostatesto also support the cause. Today (Thursday) and tomorrow (November 30) are your last days to help support the two. If you purchase the pint of the day, $1 goes to charity and you get to keep the glass. Purchase a brand new growler, and prostate cancer research gets another dollar. The staff is also growing mustaches in support, and you can donate to their efforts here. 901 Gilman St., Berkeley, more info.

The Hog’s Apothecary

Eater brings word that a place called The Hog’s Apothecary filed for a liquor license near Homeroom in Oakland. Reports indicate it will serve wine, beer, and food. Rotten City Pizza chef John Streit and Park Avenue Bar and Grill manager Bradford Earle are behind the venture, but no word yet whether that’s any indicator of the type of food to expect. Chowhound hints that there may be sausage, beer, and shuffleboard. 375 40th St., Oakland.

Tap 25 expansion

Back when I first met with Tim and Carrie of Tap 25, they mentioned an expansion was in the works for the spot next door. It looks like they’re finally taking over the Green Leaf BBQ space to double the seating space, which makes sense, since the popular tap room gets packed at night.

San Ramon’s new sports bar

I was over in San Ramon on Tuesday, and it looks like Buffalo Wild Wings was ready for its big open yesterday. Anyone go for the swag bags? If it was anything like the Paragon outlets opening, I’m glad I waited to stop by, which I may do this weekend for a little Rams versus Niners action. The place apparently has 68 TVs and a 400 person capacity. 200 Montgomery St., San Ramon, buffalowildwings.com.

Zwanze Day

An important day for beer lovers, December 1 marks Zwanze Day, a day when bars specially selected by Cantillon are blessed with kegs of rhubarb Lambic beer from the brewery. The Trappist is one of only 16 bars across the US (and one of only two in California) selected, and will be tapping its kegs at noon in accordance with the worldwide timing (9 p.m. Brussels time). In addition to the rhubarb Lambic, The Trappist will also tap a keg of Fou’ Foune and Lou Pepe Kriek. The beer bar opens its doors at 11 a.m. and it’s first come, first served, so hoof it over there early if you want a shot at getting a taste. Saturday, December 1, 12 p.m.–end of keg, 460 8th St., Oakland, event website.

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