left to right: Erika Pino; Julie Comfort/Comfort studios; colin burke mcc lure; courtesy of jupiter bar crawl » Let’s Grab a Drink » If you’re thirsting for nightlife, pick your poison at one of these bars, where you can find old-school games, indoor bocce courts, and breathtaking views of the Bay. 34 theberkeleyoaklandbook.com Paragon » Spike your drink with one of the top shelf vodkas, sink into a window seat, then experience spectacular sunset views over the Bay. Berkeley, 549-8585, paragon restaurant.com/ berkeley.html. Go for: Killer views from comfy chairs. Dogwood » With its exposed brick wall, slick dark wood, whiskey-centric cocktail menu, and charcuterie program, Dogwood is an upscale gathering place for the guys. Oakland, 444-6669, bardog wood.com. Go for: A boys night out. Plum Bar » Grab a seasonal cocktail and a seat at one of Plum Bar’s cozy tables. The walls, which are plastered with poems, provide plenty of fodder for conversation. Oakland, 444-7586, plumoakland.com/bar. Go for: Conversation starters. Jupiter » Order a wood-fired pizza and a pint of one of Jupiter’s 12 handcrafted brews before grabbing a seat by the fire pit on the popular twolevel beer garden. Berkeley, 843-8277, jupiterbeer.com. Go for: Patio-side people watching. Make Westing » Try to score one of the two first-come, first-serve bocce ball lanes in this large Uptown space. Don’t miss the menu of “things in jars,” such as duck liver mousse. Oakland, 251-1400, makewesting.com. Go for: Bocce ball and things in jars. The Trappist » Known for its limited edition releases from across the pond, the Trappist features a rotating selection of obscure brews, plus more than 100 bottles. Oakland, 238-8900, thetrap pist.com. Go for: Hard-to- pronounce beers.
The Oakland Berkley Book March 2013
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