If you want to drink outside, but don’t want to go to one of the million Oakland beer gardens that have recently opened up, Double Standard is a great choice. This bar on Telegraph has a huge backyard with plenty of picnic tables, string lights, and some really old, really giant redwood trees. Just be wary of their $10 tap cocktails - they’re good, but stronger than they taste.
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Make Westing offers great cocktails and bocce ball in Uptown Oakland, and is an ideal spot to come drink before a show at the Fox Theater.
Brown Sugar Kitchen
You’ll want to take your time eating fried chicken and waffles, beignets, and mimosas at Brown Sugar Kitchen in Oakland.
Xolo is an Uptown Oakland taqueria serving delicious tacos, burritos, and churros in a large space.
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El Techo de Lolinda
A rooftop bar in the Mission, El Techo de Lolinda is where you should be when the sun’s out.
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