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Across the bridge from San Francisco, Oakland has a enough for a few pleasant days. The city is home to the USS Potomac, alongside the city’s museum, art galleries, and parks. Shopping is fun in Oakland too, especially if you have a passion for hats - there is no men’s hat store quite like The Hat Guys. For gifts, souvenirs, good dining, and other shopping opportunities, follow College Avenue - it’s a local favorite.

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Locals' Pick Chic neighborhood cocktail bar

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Rebecca Gomez Farrell

Bay Area Food Blogger

Every downtown needs a classy joint that specializes just in cocktails, and Penelope does it with a stylish lack of pretension. Their namesake cocktail with tequila and beet juice is wonderfully earthy, and the Jali Berry with gin, jalapeno, and blackberry is just plain pretty.

Chic neighborhood cocktail bar Editors' Note

Penelope is a friendly neighborhood bar in sunny downtown Oakland. Specializing in fine spirits, beers, and seasonal cocktails, this cozy bar also offers snacks.

On the corner of Clay Street and 11th, Penelope is chic cocktail spot. With heated street-side outdoor seating, this intimate bar is decked like a peacock inside, with elaborate green wallpaper. The bar specializes in fine spirits, shaking up artisanal cocktails with a seasonal pick of ingredients. The specialty cocktail ‘Penelope’ continues this peacock theme, with a colourful marriage of fresh beets, tequila, apples, pear and lime. As well as experimental handcrafted cocktails, they serve local draft brews as well as bottled IPAs and barrel-aged beers from Japan. They serve a couple of snacks too, so you can settle in for the night with cured meats and cheeses. The knowledgeable staff contribute to the homely atmosphere by being friendly and a lot of fun.

555 12th St 120, Oakland, CA, 94607 Oakland
+1 510-834-0404
Mon-Fri: 11:00-14:00, 16:00-23:00 Sat-Sun: Closed