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Nice happy hour in the East Bay?

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Hubby and I have a little something to celebrate and I want to take him out for a drink and appetizer after work somewhere a bit more interesting than grabbing a beer and fries like we usually do...I was thinking something like Skates because of the view (I've never been there, and wouldn't go for dinner, but seems like a good place for a drink) and it is pretty close to where we live, but I can't think of any other options...any ideas?

We've gone to Trader Vic's with the same thing in mind (another place I wouldn't go for dinner, but it's close to us), but it was pretty lame. Our favorite bar around here is Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland, but that's not right for tonight either. TIA!

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  1. We just had a discussion the other day about the Happy Hour at Skates. I think it's worth a try. The view is great, and the crowd there is pretty lively.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/451077

    1. what about the Claremont Hotel. Great views, pretty swanky and I think decent bar bites.

      1. If it's really special, I'd go to A Cote. No happy hour bargains, but great cocktails and excellent small plates options. You could go when they open at 5:30, or take the 6:15 PM table available on opentable.com.

        1. Sea Salt has a great happy hour from 4-6 every day where oysters and beer on tap are a dollar (I think). Their other nibbles are great too, and I recommend their cocktails highly.

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