We Love the Nightlife: October 25–November 1
If you’re ready to party this Halloween, we’ve got the place: giant glasses of red wine in Danville; a “glam rap superstar” rocks Walnut Creek; flip cup and stein races by the Bay; spooky libations in Martinez; and more of the holiday’s hottest fetes.
You better get your game face on, because the Halloween parties kick off tonight and don’t stop until next Thursday. On top of that, the Giants continue to barrel through the postseason, with the potential for the World Series to also stretch well into next week (although we hope they clinch it sooner!). Get ready to celebrate in black and orange!
Choose a Halloween costume that explains why you have purple teeth. During the Vine at Bridges fourth annual Halloween party, DJ Eric Sanchez will be spinning tunes from 8 p.m.–12 a.m., and all-night drink specials include a blackout punch with champagne float and “monster” glasses of red wine for $8, which you can pair with happy hour food specials. Come dressed in a costume, and you’ll have a chance to win a gift certificate to the Vine, as well as two tickets to its New Year’s Eve party. Also, keep your eyes peeled for bottle giveaways on the hour. No cover, 6 p.m.–12 a.m., 480 Hartz Ave., Danville, (925) 820-7210, thevineatbridges.com, event website.
Mickey Avalon, known for (NSFW) hits such as Jane Fonda and So Rich, So Pretty, will be encouraging people to get their booties on Redux’s dance floor tonight at midnight. Before the performance by the “glam rap superstar,” dance to top 40 hits and mashups, compete in a costume contest for cash and prizes, and wish host Enrique Montero of Surreal SF a happy birthday. Doors at 9 p.m., free entry before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP, 1411 Locust St., Walnut Creek, (925) 934-9490, reduxlounge.com, event website.
Kick off the weekend with the first of three parties at Dublin Sports Pub and Grill. On Friday night, DJ Rue Hefner (who I secretly hope looks like a cross between RuPaul and Hugh Hefner) will drop the hits, and the bartenders will be shaking up Barcadi specials throughout the evening. Don’t forget to wear a costume—like most of the upcoming fetes, there will be a contest. 7294 San Ramon Rd., Dublin, (925) 587-2333, facebook page, event website.
The Germans have packed up their steins, but that doesn’t mean the Bay Area has stopped celebrating Oktoberfest. This Saturday, head down to Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion for Oktoberfest East Bay, a celebration with beer, games, costumes, contests, and music from Bayern Maiden. Adult fun includes flip cup and stein races, while the kids can stay amused with a bouncy house and face painting. Tickets can be purchased here. Kids 11 and under free, adults $25, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond, (510) 735-1133, oktoberfesteastbay.com.
Comic Con hits Walnut Creek! Come dressed as your favorite movie, TV, cartoon, or comic book character to Spoontonic Lounge’s Spoontonic Con party. Imbibe fantasy drink specials (last years specials included a blinking “sonic screwdriver,” as an ode to Doctor Who), and dance to tunes from three rotating DJs. Don’t miss the costume contest at midnight, when you’ll have the opportunity to see inventive (or nerdy) inspiration come to life. No cover, 2580 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 977-1888, event website.
Work on your best celebrity impressions for E.J. Phair's Hollywood Night Halloween party. In addition to live music from Rubinoos, get your palm read by a fortune teller and compete in the costume contest, trivia, and games. $15 in advance, $18 at the door, 200 E. Third St. and 300 Cumberland St., Pittsburg, (925) 427-7204, event website.
October 27 and 31:
Masses Sports Bar and Grill is bringing you two opportunities to celebrate during the bar’s Halloween bashes. This Saturday or Wednesday, head to the north side of Walnut Creek’s Main Street for bumping music, dancing, jello shots, $3 shot specials, and a costume contest. $5 cover, free with costume, 9–close, 2721 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 256-7665, event website.
Martinez is also planning on giving you twice the fun at Barrel Aged. Saturday night’s “Monster Mash” will include a haunted house and Halloween jams, alongside spooky libations such as witch’s broth, pumpkin shots, “glog,” and others. For Halloween night party on Wednesday, the cocktail lounge and restaurant transforms into a carnival, complete with games such as bobbing for apples and pin the tail on the skeleton. The haunted house will make a repeat appearance, and scary drive-in movies will be screened on the TVs. Come dressed as your favorite ghoul for the costume competition. 823 Main St., Martinez, (925) 228-7795, barrelagedbar.com.
The mixology masterminds behind Jupiter Olympus will be bringing their frightfully good cocktail chops to Oakland’s Ye Olde Hut. Their “Cocktails from the Crypt” event will feature inventive libations with ingredients such as squash vermouth, homemade pear soda, and sesame honey. No cover, 9 p.m.–1:30 a.m., 5515 College Ave., Oakland, (510) 653-2565, event website.
Okay, here’s a slight bit of a palate cleanser from all the Halloweenery, although I’m pretty sure no one will complain if you show up in costume. Practice your jazz hands and warm up your vocal chords for a Chicago sing-a-long at the Vine Cinema in Livermore. Belt out the hits from the Academy Award–winning film—this is the one time people won’t tell you to be quiet in the theater. Bring along a new or used winter coat for donations to those less fortunate. Show up at 4:45 p.m. for a pre-event social, or 5:30 p.m. for the screening. $15, $10 for children under 12, 1722 First St., Livermore, (925) 273-1603, event website.
Our favorite DJ will be at his normal spot for the holiday. Head over to Petar’s for a Halloween party with Diamond Dave. There will be a costume contest for prizes, plus Diamond Dave’s typically stellar mix of old and new favorites. 32 Lafayette Cir., Lafayette, (925) 284-7117, petars.com.
In Livermore, Tap 25 is urging people to get in the Halloween spirit with its Halloween bash. Don a costume a head to Blacksmith Square for an always impressive beer selection, as well as cookies and live music in the (now heated) courtyard. All participants in the costume contest will get their pictures taken to be hung in the taproom, and the winner will walk away with a $50 gift certificate to the beer bar. 5–8:30 p.m., 25 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, taptwentyfive.com.