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Check Out These Oakland Outdoor Bars to Soak Up What’s Left of Summer

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The East Bay has taken a spanking this summer with abnormally high temperatures and smoky air you can chew on like a snack. But those punishing daytime rays make for beautiful summer nights, nights that will quickly disappear. So grab your vaccinated peeps and hit up some trippy outdoor bars to make the most of what’s left of the season.

Here are a couple suggestions on Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, both with dope outdoor areas perfect for grabbing a drink with friends before the chill sets in.

Temescal Brewing: Oakland

The dog- and kid-friendly brewery and beer garden at 4115 Telegraph Avenue offers up a small but nice indoor taproom and a pretty large outdoor space with plenty of seating and umbrella cover. Murals painted on the patio walls keep the feel local and lively.

They currently have eight of their selections on tap and 12 you can grab up in four-packs of 16 oz cans. While they don’t serve food themselves, they do allow guests to bring in outside grub, but the real magic is in the amazing selection of food truck options that changes daily. I personally enjoyed their pupusa day.

They’re open Tuesday-Friday from 4-10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m.

They update their website weekly with current beer and food selections. Check them out here.

The patio at Temescal Brewing in Oakland, Calif. is reconfigured with COVID-19 safety in mind. (Photo courtesy of Temescal Brewing)

Kingfish Pub and Cafe

For more of a dive bar vibe, look no further than Kingfish in North Oakland, which must be doing something right since they’ve been around since 1922. The space frontage at 5227 Telegraph Avenue is deceiving; you’d never know it was hiding such a long outdoor patio if you were just passing by.

Inside, you’ll find some shuffleboard, games playing on several TVs and worn walls that look the way they should in an establishment that goes back some hundred years. The bar attracts a diverse crowd of both stool-warming regulars and newbies alike, not surprising for a place where you can pick up four drinks and a bag of chips for about $33. They’re known for a large selection of local beers on tap, strong-on-the-liver but easy-on-the-wallet cocktails running around $8 and beer and shot deals.

The “cafe” portion has been defunct for a while but you can have food delivered or bring your own.

Kingfish Pub and Cafe in Oakland, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Thomas Hawk)

The old Victorian behind the bar can host upstairs private events for just $200, and for the money, you get access to skeeball and a firepit.

Really, what more do you need?

They’re open Monday-Wednesday from 3 p.m. to midnight, Thursday from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. Check out their website here for more info.

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Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

Nik Wojcik - East Bay Editor

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