Upper Grand/Grand Lake
A neighborhood spot that calls itself a gastro-pub (but doesn’t have the pretentiousness that the term implies), Grand Tavern is located on the bottom floor of a renovated house where it slings a handful of draft beers -- including local favorite Linden Street -- and bottles. The menu features burgers, lamb shepherd’s pie, and vegetarian-friendly small plates, most including seasonal, local ingredients. For the non-beer drinkers, GT has a killer cocktail and wine list. Oh, and addictive hand-made potato chips. If you can, snag a seat by the fireplace.
Not only can you drink beer from one of Diving Dog’s 30 taps, you can also make your own. The beer bar, brewery, and brew-on-premises spot in Uptown Oakland provides DIY options for those that want to have their way with hops. The menu includes craft beers from California, Oregon, the East Coast (Pretty Things, Dogfish Head), and Louisiana (Abita). No food here, but the small spot will let you bring in food from nearby establishments. Watch for occasional pop-up kitchens, too.