Oakland Has Its First-Ever Cocktail Week

It celebrates the city's rich spirit-y heritage.


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The first-ever Oakland Cocktail Week is set to run this year from Sept. 15 through Sept. 23.

“We’re bringing together the Bay Area community to celebrate Oakland’s unique cocktail heritage and shine the spotlight on the small businesses and people within the industry that help create this culture and community,” said Raquel Navarro, founder of Oakland Cocktail Week and See.Eat.Love., the event-production arm of Drink Up Bay Area.

Participating bars and restaurants in Oakland, Emeryville, and Alameda will offer special cocktails for $10 each. 

Establishments thus far lined up to participate include Ramen Shop, Hopscotch, Starline Social Club, Dyafa, Camino, Nido, Alamar, Forbidden Island, The Cat House, Cosecha, Drexl, Bardo, Fort Green, Kon-Tiki, Make Westing, Mari at Angela’s, The Miranda, Oakland Spirits Co., Plum Bar, Spice Monkey, Julie’s, Copper Spoon, Bar Cesar, Lake Chalet, and Umami Mart.

The week's founding partners also include food-experience designer Daphne Wu and spirits educator Susan Eggett, events producer for the Beverage Academy at Bourbon & Branch, Forbidden Island, Moët Hennessy, and Pixar.

The week's advisory team includes Katie Cavenee (Southern Wine & Spirits), Andie Ferman (St. George Spirits), Chris Lane (Kon-Tiki & Prizefighter), Alex Maynard (Starline Social Club), Jessica Moncada (Red Bay Coffee), Antoine Nixon (US Bartender’s Guild SF & SPIRIBAM), Eric Quilty (Stag Dining), and Pilar Vree (Craft Spirits Cooperative). Partners include Visit Oakland, JetSuiteX, Hennessy, Seedlip, Clear Channel Communications, Telegraph Media, 7x7, and Yelp.

Oakland Cocktail Week also features special festivities and events. Ticket sales will benefit the national nonprofit Restaurants Opportunity Center (ROC the Bay).

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