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Oakland Cocktail Week

September 20-29, 2019

It’s all good in the neighborhoods!

We're back for the second annual Oakland Cocktail Week! This year we’re celebrating Oakland's unique cocktail community neighborhood by neighborhood. Get to know your community better by supporting local bars and restaurants during the week of festivities.

With over 50+ participating bars and over 15 neighborhoods, you’ll find that drink that makes you feel at home in the Town.

How to Explore Oakland Neighborhoods During Oakland Cocktail Week 2019

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It’s all good in the neighborhoods of Oakland as the second annual Oakland Cocktail Week is back September 20-29, 2019. This year’s theme “All Good In the Neighborhoods” celebrates Oakland’s spirits community by exploring the Town’s unique districts. Like last year, over 50 bars and restaurants across Oakland and Alameda will offer special cocktails inspired by Oakland for the week. There’s an eclectic line up of themed ticketed events benefiting the Oakland Indie Alliance. Get your tickets on the Oakland Cocktail Week website

Here are a few ways to get exploring:

1. Get the Town Cocktail Passport

This year, the Town Cocktail Passport is your guide to the neighborhoods, the 50+ participating venues, and week of events. Be sure to buy a passport to take advantage of over $50 of drink deals.

Flash your passport at a participating venue and you’ll get a sticker. Collect 5 stickers and submit to enter a raffle to win 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.

2. Explore Neighborhoods with a Bartender

You can’t deny that bartenders know what’s all good in the neighborhood. Three beloved local bartenders walk you through neighborhood tours of Downtown Oakland, Uptown Oakland, and Oakland’s own neighbor Alameda. Get light bites and sip on cocktails while you explore what makes these parts of the Town and Alameda unique. A portion of ticket sales benefit the Oakland Indie Alliance.
     - 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

3. Battle of the Mai Tais at the Town Throwdown Cocktail Competition

Get on down to Lake Merritt for a good old cocktail competition at the Town Throwdown 2019. 12 local bartenders face off on a rooftop lounge overlooking the lake to see who can claim to make the best version of Oakland’s own 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.

4. SHOWGA™ Concert and Brunch with Amaro Montenegro

Refresh your senses during a special Oakland Cocktail Week edition of SHOWGA™ at Oakland bar Starline Social Club. SHOWGA™ brings you an energizing interactive concert with live music featuring members of the Oakland band Whiskerman, yoga, aromatherapy, and lights. After the concert, enjoy a boozy brunch paired with cocktails mixed with the delicious classic Italian liquor Amaro Montenegro crafted by Starline’s bartenders. A portion of proceeds benefits the Oakland Indie Alliance.

5. Remix Oakland’s Tiki Roots 

Oakland being home of the Mai Tai 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.

 6. Drunken Film Fest x Local Spirits Fiesta

Oakland Cocktail Week partnered with the newly opened NIDO’s Backyard and the Drunken Film Fest to do an outdoor screening of short films created by local filmmakers. Sip on cocktails using local spirits Homebase, Mosswood, Spirit Works Distillery, and Oakland Spirits Co. Free admission. A portion of cocktail sales goes towards the Oakland Indie Alliance.

7. Live Music + Cocktails in the Heart of Oakland

Nothing better than cocktails and live jam sessions. Oakland Cocktail Week partnered with Oakland Central and AMP to bring a whole week of free live music from the official Oakland Cocktail Week Kick Off Party x Hennessy at Latham Square 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.

Oakland Cocktail Week is made possible with the support of Visit Oakland, Hennessy, Oakland Central, The Port Workspaces, and Amaro Montenegro // For more information visit