BEST COCKTAILS IN THE EAST BAY
I went for exclusivity over quality here
- •The Heiress (gin in rosé)Only available in my then-empty apartment when I had friends over in the few days between roommates-moving-out and subletters-moving-in. Led to a lot of yelling while watching "9 to 5"
- •Look at Those Melons "Mimosa"! (sake in melon soda)Also only available in my apartment when my roommate at the time realized that, although cost-effective, buying a giant bottle of sake from the Korean market down the street is always a bad idea because 1) nobody in our apartment liked sake and 2) especially not that sake which had a particularly toungue-coaty aftertaste. The melon soda helped a ton but I still hate sake.
- •Missing The Point (whiskey and pickle juice)Available last month in Temescal in my friend's backyard when I wanted to prove my love of pickle juice. Pickle backs are popular because pickle juice is the best chaser. It does not make a good mixer, as it turns out.
- •Stop That (gin in everything)After we invented The Heiress (above) my friends and I decided to sneak gin in everyone's drinks when they weren't looking. Beer, whiskey, interesting sodas we picked up from the Korean market down the street, nothing was safe. I slept in my closet that night.
- •Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead (two Razberitas, shotgunned)When I lived with a very domestic couple and 2 other people, our dynamic turned into: couple as Mom and Dad and the rest of us as their drunk toddlers. The couple went out of town for a weekend and the rest of us got really into shotgunning Razberitas (which taste awful) and sending them pictures of it.
- •Garden Gimlet at Make WestingShould probably make some actual suggestions. I'm a fan of refreshing cocktails that aren't too sweet, this basil/cucumber thing hits the spot in that regard.
- •Doug Re-fresh at Hawker FareApparently there's a Hawker Fare in SF too? Oh well. I forget what's in this drink except that I really liked it and it was also the refreshing kind of cocktail. Probably there is lime? The Bruce Lychee drink is also rull good.
- •Whatever Bellini they have at Grand Lake KitchenOne time it was a blood orange Bellini and I lost my mind.
- •Anything at Cock-A-Doodle CaféI only drink cocktails while brunching, usually, and that's my latest brunch fav. They are NOT stingy with the hard alcohol.
- •BeerBeer is my favorite cocktail. Woods is the best place to get it (they also have 2 sister locations in SF but all the brewing happens in Oakland).