If you're going to convince yourself to spend any amount of time in Oakland, a) wait, you're seriously going to spend time in Oakland?; and b) fine, at least promise you'll do it at District Oakland, a new barn-sized, brick-rich bar opening tomorrow in Oldtown and serving you high-end whiskey and wine while footage of the 1978 Raiders projects on the wall behind you
Because watching the Silver & Black in any capacity'll make you want to drink, pony up to the bar: a giant horseshoe of Brazilian wood overseen by a sexy sommelier who'll give you just that (whether you're Brazilian or not) while serving 40 wines by the glass (with 300 on bottle reserve), 16 drafts (Telegraph California, Green Flash Saison Diego…), 40 different whiskeys displayed in a tower-like tiered shelf -- including Temperance Trader, Old Potrero, and High West Double Rye!(!!) -- and signature mixes like the Breakfast of Champions (bacon-infused bourbon, egg whites, maple syrup) and the District Buck (bourbon, Fernet, ginger beer). Food-wise, they'll have an in-house salumeria, which'll serve housemade charcuterie, to be paired with an extensive cheese program, but also used for pizzettes like the Finocchiona (fennel salami, ricotta, caramelized fennel, roasted grapes) and the Guanciale, a mini-pie topped w/ Calabrian chili, dandelion greens, pecorino & cured pork cheeks, also what Kirstie Alley's doctor says to his doctor buddies any time he helps her get over a cold. Also on the eating docket: Latin/French-inspired fare like handcut steak tartare w/ violet mustard, fried quail egg, and gruyere toasted baguette; Braised Oxtail Sombreros (served on crispy tacos); and gruyere, mimolette, and red wine-onion-jam-topped all-natural beef sliders, or the episode where you learned way too much about Jerry O'Connell's manscaping habits
Oh, and if you're as big a fan of the '78 Raiders as you are of discounted seafood, check out DO's Mon-Fri happy hour, which'll feature $1 oysters -- a deal so good it's John Maddening.