It's all good in the neighborhoods of Oakland as the second annual Oakland Cocktail Week returns September 20-29.
This year's Oakland Cocktail Week celebrates Oakland's spirits community by exploring the neighborhood bars that provide space for the community. Over 50 bars and restaurants will offer special cocktails inspired by Oakland for the week with ticketed events benefiting the Oakland Indie Alliance. Tickets are now on sale on the Oakland Cocktail Week website. For the full list of events see below or on the Oakland Cocktail Week website. Here are 7 ways to make the most of the week.
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Get the Town Cocktail Passport
This year, the Town Cocktail Passport is your guide to each of the neighborhoods, the 50+ participating venues, and the week-long festivities. Did we mention there are $50 worth of drink deals in the passport? When you flash yours at a participating venue, you'll get a sticker. Snag 5 stickers and you'll be eligible to enter a raffle for prizes like a $250 in Lyft credits, membership at Alchemy Bottle Shop, and a free tasting at Oakland Spirits Co. Passports are $7 with all proceeds going to the Oakland Indie Alliance. // Get your passport.
Explore Oakland Neighborhoods with a Bartender
Bartenders know the best spots in the 'hood. Take a tour with three beloved local bartenders who will walk you through The Town's hottest neighborhoods: Downtown Oakland, Uptown Oakland, and Alameda. Taste the local fare and sip on cocktails while you explore what makes these neighborhoods unique.
- Tues, Sep 24: Downtown Oakland with Christ Aivaliotis of The Kon Tiki
- Wed, Sep 25: Uptown Oakland with Alex Maynard of Starline Social Club
- Thurs, Sep 26: Alameda with Susan Eggett of Oakland Cocktail Week & Last Rites
Battle of the Mai Tais at the Town Throwdown Cocktail Competition
Head down to Lake Merritt for a cocktail competition at the Town Throwdown 2019. Twelve local bartenders face off on a rooftop lounge overlooking the lake to see who can make the best Mai Tai with inspiration from Oakland's neighborhoods. Tickets include samples of 12 cocktails, light bites prepared by Oakland chefs, and a donation to the Oakland Indie Alliance. Hosted by 106.1 KMEL's DC and music provided by DJ Hector. Sponsored by Moet Hennessy. // Buy tickets.
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SHOWGA™ Concert and Brunch with Amaro Montenegro
Refresh your senses during a special Oakland Cocktail Week edition of Showga at Starline Social Club. Showga brings you an interactive concert with live music featuring members of the Oakland-based band Whiskerman, yoga, aromatherapy, and lights. After the concert, enjoy a boozy brunch with cocktail pairings from Amaro Montenegro, expertly crafted by your favorite bartenders at Starline Social Club. A portion of proceeds benefits the Oakland Indie Alliance. // Buy tickets.
Remix Tiki Drink Classics
Dreaming about hosting your own tiki party? Learn all the ways you can shake up tiki drinks with Spiribam agricole rhums and Four Roses bourbon. A portion of proceeds benefits the Oakland Indie Alliance. // Buy tickets.
Drunken Film Fest x Local Spirits Fiesta
Oakland Cocktail Week is partnering with the newly opened Nido's Backyard and Drunken Film Fest for an outdoor screening of short films created by local filmmakers. Sip on cocktails featuring local spirits Homebase, Mosswood, Spirit Works Distillery, and Oakland Spirits Co. A portion of cocktail sales go to the Oakland Indie Alliance. // RSVP for the free event.
Live Music + Cocktails in the Heart of Oakland
Nothing pairs better than cocktails and live jam sessions. Oakland Cocktail Week is partnering with Oakland Central and AMP to bring a whole week of free live music ranging from the official Oakland Cocktail Week Kick Off Party x Hennessy at Latham Square on September 19 to live performances in bars and restaurants across Downtown and Uptown Oakland, all in celebration of Oakland performing arts and the small businesses that provide a platform for artists. // Learn more about the event and RSVP.
// For more information visit www.oaklandcocktailweek.com.