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Where to Eat in Oakland’s Hive

Here’s where to drink, dine, and play at the Hive.


Megan Bayley

Oakland has yet another new hot spot: the Hive, popular for its mix of bars, trendy eateries, and hip shops. Here’s where to go and what to do at this buzzing destination in the heart of Uptown Oakland. hiveoakland.com.


Take a Shot

Of espresso, that is, at the Red Bay Coffee Box. Serving single-origin, sustainably grown coffee out of a converted shipping container, this outpost by Red Bay Coffee Roasters might not look like much, but the drinks pack a big punch. redbaycoffee.com.
Drink this: Order the mocha for a sweet sip, and snap a photo of the espresso art.  


Courtesy of Calavera

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

The elegant-yet-unpretentious Calavera draws crowds with its contemporary Mexican cuisine and impressive selection of mescal and tequila bottles, which tower above the bar. calaveraoakland.com.
Eat this: The enchilada Montadas (stacked enchiladas) stuffed with Chihuahua cheese and cochinita pibil, smothered in salsa yucateca, drizzled with crema, and served alongside smoked black beans and a poached egg.
Drink this: If tequila is your poison, order the aptly named Corazon. A large cube of hibiscus ice sits in the middle of this blood-red cocktail infused with Pueblo Viejo, coriander, cilantro, and lime.
Tip: Head here on weekdays for the all-day happy hour. Calavera rolled out the new menu earlier this month, so hit the bar after workfor deals on margaritas and botanas (snacks).

Courtesy of Calavera


Get Groomed

Free beer and bourbon. Great music. Comfy chairs. Plus, skilled, welcoming barbers. Guys can get it all—precision trims, straight razor shaves, hot-towel treatments—at the vintage-inspired Peoples Barber and Shop. peoplesbarber.com.
Tip: Walk-ins are welcome, but this barbershop fills up fast, so it’s best to make an appointment.


Grab a Pint

Filled with hipsters, couples, young professionals, and even families, Drake’s Dealership is the place to be. Housed in a former Dodge dealership, the industrial-chic restaurant from Drake’s Brewing Company offers up to 40 beers on tap and serves mouthwatering pub grub and wood-fired pizzas. drinkdrakes.com.
Eat this: Roy’s rib basket, featuring smoky, spicy St. Louis ribs. There’s no knife needed here—the tender pork falls off the bone and melts in your mouth.

If that isn’t indulgent enough, try the Frito pie. In this decadent appetizer, the crunchy corn chips are smothered in zesty flank steak chili and bacon fondue, tossed with pickled peppers, and sprinkled with sharp cheddar cheese.
Drink this: The War Pigeon, a crisp double IPA with floral notes and strong hops.
Tip: Get there early, and snag a bench next to one of the many fire pits in the outdoor beer garden.


by Jeanne Taylor

Treat Yourself

Satisfy your sweet tooth by heading to Firebrand Artisan Breads, which bakes everything from scones to croissants to éclairs on-site. To learn the tricks of the trade, sign up for one of Firebrand’s baking classes, where the pros show you how to create breads, cookies, and more. firebrandartisanbreads.com.
Eat this: The pretzel sticky bun. Every bite of the soft, buttery pretzel with sticky-sweet pecans and caramel glaze on top has just the right amount of cinnamon sugar and black currants. But be warned: Multiple napkins may be required.

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