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East Bay equivalent to the bar in CrazyStupidLove

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I'm looking for a nice, classy bar in the East Bay that's similar to the (unfortunately nonexistent) bar in CrazyStupidLove. A good place to have a drink but still be able to mingle and talk. Looking in Berkeley and Oakland

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  1. Looking at stills from the movie, Picán.

    1. Haven or maybe District

      Chop House isn't that upscale but it's a good place to drink and flirt.

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      1. re: Windy

        I take "mingle" to mean a big group of people who want to be able to mill around a bit and chat in various subgroups.

        For that, Chop Bar's not going to work at all. You're pretty much stuck in your seat as the place is usually full and there's not much room.

        Haven's not quite as impossible but it's not really that kind of place. The bar isn't separated from the dining room and there's no lounge area. I've never seen more than a few people at the bar and they've always been eating or waiting for a table.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Thanks but we have different taste and assumptions.

          1. re: Windy

            I don't know that taste has anything to do with it. From other posts and the reference to "mingle," I think katealexa might be talking about 15-20 people, some possibly coming and going.

      2. Don't know the movie but Plum Bar (next door to Plum) might fit the bill.