K & L Wine Merchants

One of America's most extensive and value-driven wine and spirits stores, there's very little you won't find here—and at great prices—including rare spirits releases, back-vintage wine from Burgundy, the Mosel, and…


WhiteHorse Bar

For all the queers fleeing San Francisco for the more affordable East Bay, Oakland remains surprisingly bereft of a gay scene. In business since at least 1933—Prohibition-era records being imperfect—the WhiteHorse…

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Bar Agricole

With one of the most thoughtful bar programs in the country, Bar Agricole embodies the West Coast style of making drinks—seasonal, simple and ingredient-driven. Though many of Agricole's cocktails draw…

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ABV is riding the new wave of casual-serious bars with a laid back vibe and expert drinks. The bar's shelves are lined with agave, and seemingly every edition of Del…

The Alembic menu and cocktail


With it's beautifully editorialized list of cocktails—both house classics and selects from "the canon"—Alembic is the Haight's de-facto cocktail joint. The bartenders know all the standards, and they specialize in…

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Bar Fauna

Located in the deco district of Oakland, Fauna Bar is from the same team as Flora, a full-menu restaurant next door. There's nothing ground-breaking about the cocktails, but you can…