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Cocktails in Rockridge [Oakland]

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Lisa Simpson Apr 29, 2013 08:26 PM

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?
Thanks!

  1. bbulkow Apr 30, 2013 07:47 PM

    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
      Robert Lauriston May 1, 2013 09:16 AM

      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.

    2. escargot3 Apr 30, 2013 10:30 AM

      -Wood Tavern makes fab cocktails.

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      1. re: escargot3
        Robert Lauriston Apr 30, 2013 10:32 AM

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

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          rubadubgdub Apr 30, 2013 11:42 AM

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

        2. Mission Apr 29, 2013 11:51 PM

          toast on college has or getting a full bar.

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          1. re: Mission
            Robert Lauriston Apr 30, 2013 09:08 AM

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

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

          2. Mission Apr 29, 2013 11:49 PM

            ramen,has a nice bar.

            right up college.

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              mdougherty Apr 29, 2013 11:19 PM

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

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                rubadubgdub Apr 30, 2013 11:46 AM

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

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                Rapini Apr 29, 2013 09:15 PM

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

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