Inside a salvaged Dodge car dealership, this 350-seat brewpub is Uptown’s laid-back social hub. Come on a foggy night and warm yourself by the fire pits while you sip one of this San Leandro beer maker’s tried-and-true brews, going strong since 1989. You’ll figure out your own favorite soon enough, but I always ask for a Black Robusto porter or a hoppy West Coast-style IPA.
For the non-drinkers, Highwire cold-brewed coffee awaits on nitro. Drake’s food menu of salads, sandwiches, burgers, and fries has its hits and misses, but you can’t go too far wrong with one of their wood oven-fired pizzas. Kids are welcome until 9 p.m. and dogs are always allowed in the outdoor courtyard seating area.
Reservations: Accepted, but usually not necessary.
Directions: It’s less than a 10-minute walk north up Broadway from Oakland’s 19th St. BART station. For more Transportation details see Oakland and Around (in the yellow bar).
Tip: The original Drake’s Brewing Company is east of Oakland in San Leandro. It’s nearby 21st Amendment Brewing and Cleophus Quealy Beer Company, if you’re interested in a brewpub crawl through an industrial area near Oakland’s airport.