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Oct 14, 2013 11:09 AM

Sunday "happy hour" in the East Bay?

Hey all, coming out again from Vancouver in November. Right now looking for a good place for snacks, mixed drinks and beer on a Sunday afternoon in November for 6 people. Thought of Wood Tavern but they only have cheese and meat at the bar starting at 4 on Sundays. We'd like to go a little earlier (3/3:30ish) and have more food options.

I put happy hour in quotation marks as we don't need the drinks and food to be discounted, just good and available.


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  1. Luka's Taproom or Tribune Tavern -- both open all day on Sunday, but you might email and check on what they serve mid-afternoon.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      I thought of TT too, but since according to their website brunch service ends at 3 and dinner doesn't start until 5, my guess is that it would be a very limited food menu in between.

      Worth a phone call to ask, though. (Weekend brunch, btw, is now my favorite time to go.)

      1. re: abstractpoet

        Huh, no menu for that on the Tribune Tavern web site. I'd guess it's similar to the 3-6 happy hour menu:

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Tribune Tavern is indeed open from 3-5 with a slightly straitened version of their weekday happy hour menu. If you get there at 2:59 you can order from the brunch menu which looks delectable indeed, abstractpoet. Plus they take reservations with no credit card needed.

          1. re: grayelf

            i've been wanting to go - one friend liked the food, one friend didn't. perhaps up to us to break the tie.

    2. Open all afternoon, both cocktails and decent beer selection:

      Cafe Rouge
      Tribune Tavern
      Chop Bar
      Grand Tavern

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Thanks, y'all! I checked and Café Rouge doesn't seem to be open between 3 and 5 on Sundays.

        Hopscotch looks good but I'll have to call tomorrow as they aren't open today and I can't find their cancellation policy on the website (they require a credit card to make a reservation for 6 even in the afternoon, apparently)

        Luka's looks great and seems to have the late night menu "between meals" but I will call and confirm. Nice draft beer list.

        Also like the look of Tribune and their last tweet refers to happy hour on Sunday so that's promising, though it says M-F on the website. Also good stuff on draft.

        Grand Tavern could work, though I'm not sure they'll have enough on draft to satisfy our beer weasel. Forge is maybe a bit pizza-centric for our purposes.

        Chop Bar in the running with their "in between" menu from 3-5:30 Draft beer list seems a bit brief but cocktails look fine.

        Draft beer offerings at Speisekammer mostly German (duh) and I think we'd like a few more local options.

        1. re: grayelf

          Cafe Rouge is open all afternoon.

          You shouldn't need a reservation at Hopscotch at that time of day, it's very quiet. Whether they have a table that can seat six, I'm not sure.

          Another option, T-Rex has a great happy hour 3-6. The barbecue's not as good as it used to be but there are good things on the menu.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            I really enjoy happy hour at Cafe Rouge. I'd go there over T-Rex. Much more pleasant, better food and drink.

          2. re: grayelf

            I'll note that both TT and Luka's are easily BARTable. These days you can do a nice little crawl from Luka's to Plum/Plum Bar, Pican, Duende, Flora, Hopscotch, etc.

            1. re: grayelf

              ADORE hopscotch, but have only been for dinner.

              love Cafe Rouge, but not sure if it's what you're looking for.

              T-Rex, in my opinion, to put it bluntly, SUCKS. sorry RL, just have been so disappointed in most of their food. on a few occasions. can't stand giving them another chance with so much else around.

              1. re: mariacarmen

                It has improved since it changed hands, and there aren't that many places open in the middle of the afternoon on Sunday with cocktails and a decent beer selection.


                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  i do understand about the paucity of afternoon Sunday places in the East Bay, but your post in that thread is not exactly a ringing endorsement! everything sounds a little better, but not great.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              Café Rouge has a "smaller version of our lunch menu" from 2:30-5 (not 4 as stated on website). They require a credit card for table of six.

              Hopscotch food looks interesting and it appears to be only four blocks or so from 19th St BART. No CC required per phone call.

                1. re: grayelf

                  Cafe Rouge is always pretty empty that time of day. There's no reason to worry about a reservation.

                  Of the places I recommended, I think Forge is the only one that might be at all busy.

              1. The mixed drinks stipulation is tripping me up a little bit, but for the rest I think Brotzeit Lokal (a newish super-casual biergarten on the waterfront in Oakland) would be a good pick. Sausages, snacky bites, good German-style (but mostly local) beer. You should double-check, but I think they should have most of their menu available even at 3:00 on a Sunday.


                Again, no mixed drinks, and it doesn't open until 5, but if beer is one of the main attractions, you've got to add Hog's Apothecary to your list. I'm a casual beer enthusiast at best, and the diversity of their draft list blows me away. The food is good too. Wed.-Sun. only.


                That said, if you can wait until 4, I would go to Ramen Shop. It's the only day of the week they open that early, and if you arrive right when they open, it's one of the few times you can get in without a wait. Good beer and cocktail selection. Even if you don't want to do a full dinner at that time, I like the apps (pickle plate, fried rice, etc.) even better than the actual ramen. Only catch is that there's only one big table in the back that could fit six -- otherwise, you'd have to snag two adjacent tables or all be seated in a row at the counter.


                1. Desco opens at 3 on Sundays.

                  1. Chop Bar is fun, and you can wander by Blue Bottle. (Sorry, meant to reply to Robert.)