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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…

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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

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…

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Alembic

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…