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Cocktails in Rockridge [Oakland]

Looking for a nice, anniversary celebration-worthy place for cocktails in Rockridge. We are having dinner at A Cote, so I'd rather it be somewhere else. Hudson would have been perfect for that, but alas, they're closed. Does anyone have a favorite, nicer-than-a-dive-bar, spot?
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  1. The downstairs cafe at Oliveto mixes a good cocktail, and is nice enough for a special occasion.

    1. Is Adesso on Piedmont Ave close enough? I'd say they have the best cocktails near A Cote.

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      1. re: mdougherty

        +1 for Adesso, it has the most extensive cocktail options of the places mentioned so far, and they do interesting things with bitters

      2. ramen,has a nice bar.

        right up college.

        1. toast on college has or getting a full bar.

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          1. re: Mission

            I think Toast has had the full bar for a while.

            Ramen Shop makes good drinks, but there's very little seating.

          2. -Wood Tavern makes fab cocktails.

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            1. re: escargot3

              Wood Tavern's bar is great, though getting a seat is tough anywhere near dinnertime.

              1. re: escargot3

                But they reserve the bar for dining, so unless you go at an off hour, you can't just have a drink.

              2. Oh come on people! (just mentioning places not mentioned elsewhere in this thread)

                Conga Lounge. It's not Forbidden Island, but it's a great hangout for exactly this purpose, and it's a close hoof to A Cote. No beer or wine to speak of. There's a couch area in back, if you colonize that you'll be OK.

                George and Walt's - I've only looked in, but I'd have a cocktail there, at least a classic one.

                The Graduate - again, a classic dive bar feel, with a side of hipster, but this place is a great hangout. Can be a little college-ish after about 8pm

                Ben and Nick's - if your crowd likes beer, ok, I don't think the cocktails are any good but I've never had the guts to order one

                Art's Crab Shack - I have always liked the looks of this place, but never been in. Consider sending a scouting party.

                Soi 4 - no real bar area

                Down by 51st & Telegraph ---

                The Kingfish. This is a _great_ dive bar. You _will_ have fun if you start you night at the Kingfish. You also might never leave. For appetizers, Red Sea across the street delivers to the Kingfish.

                Pizziaolo - HIGHLY underrated cocktails, very small bar area

                Bar Lata - Wine is the star here, but has a full bar

                Off the wall idea:

                The Paragon, the bar at the Claremont hotel. Great sunset and view. Probably some decent cocktails, but who cares! The cocktails at A Cote are great anyway. Park near A Cote and share a taxi or something.

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                1. re: bbulkow

                  The request was "nicer than a dive bar."

                  Conga Lounge is a good call. I always forget about that place since it's on the second floor.

                  Chu has a bar. So does Soi 4, only 4-5 seats but there's usually no one sitting there when I go.

                  Pizzaiolo and Barlata tend to be too full to get seats.