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We Love the Nightlife: September 27–October 3

Taste martinis in the city where they were invented; more Oktoberfest events; a new brewery coming to the East Bay; and more nightlife happenings.

Martinis on the Plaza

Do you like martinis? Of course you do, you’re reading a nightlife column. Then come out to Martinez’ Martinis on the Plaza, when downtown transforms into a vintage cocktail party. In addition to the opportunity to sample some of the town’s best martinis in the city where the drink was invented, you can hop in a horsedrawn carriage for a free ride, sample food from 14 local restaurants, and dance to live music from blues and soul band Big Cat Tolefree & the Hypnotics. I’ll be putting my nightlife expertise to the test by judging the martini competition, which will feature drinks from Barrel Aged, Martinez Yacht Club, Sunflower Garden, and more. Ticket prices will get you two specialty cocktails, plus food and a commemorative photo. $65, Saturday, September 29, 6:30–10 p.m., Plaza Ygnacio Fountain at City Hall, themartinifestival.com.

Those Germans know how to party…

Oktoberfest continues its beer-fueled revelry this weekend, both in Germany and in the East Bay. I mentioned a few of the events in last week’s roundup, but if you missed it and don’t like clicking, you can celebrate at Pyramid’s Walnut Creek location or at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash this Saturday. Words cannot express how badly I want a souvenir boot. Beer Revolution is also getting in on the action next Wednesday, when the beer bar will be throwing a party with “Oktoberfest yummies.” Cryptic, yet promising. event page.

Vice’s city troubles

Patch reports that the city of Walnut Creek is trying to keep Vice Ultra Lounge in check. First off, does anyone else remember when the club changed its name for a hot second? Just me? Secondly, most bars stop serving at 1:15 am., but there’s no law against having patrons inside the establishment between this time and closing (granted they’re not drinking), which could contribute to the cited “2:30 a.m. altercations” in the article. Then again, I always tend to be on the bar’s side, even if it’s one I don’t usually frequent, so Vice may well be in the wrong. But judging from how things have played out with the city’s bar ordinance and over at Lift, things aren’t looking good for Vice.

New brewery alert

Alameda Point is already home to a number of stellar urban wineries (include Rockwall, which hosts frequent food truck events) and St. George Spirits, but a new brewery is entering the fray. According to Contra Costa Times, Faction Brewing Company plans to move into one of the area’s former aircraft hangars, where it will eventually run a production facility, sales center, and taproom. For now, it looks like the brewery is at least three months out, but I’m looking forward to checking it out once Faction gets up and running.

Half-off beers at Patxi’s

The only thing better than the officials finally coming back to referee NFL games may be Patxi’s Monday Night Football special. Catch the game on one of the Lafayette pizza joint’s flat screens, and you can grab half-off pints of Sierra Nevada, Racer 5 IPA, and Stella Artois, but try supporting a local brewery and ordering a discounted Orange Kush from Ale Industries or Cali Kolsch from Walnut Creek’s Calicraft. 3577 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, patxispizza.com.

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