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?
The downstairs cafe at Oliveto mixes a good cocktail, and is nice enough for a special occasion.
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.
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.