The Double Standard
2424 Telegraph Ave (at 24th St)
Oakland, CA 94612
While The Double Standard has the ornate wood detailing, pendant lighting, and craft cocktailing of a trendy cocktail lounge (owner Ali Tahsini is a Bourbon & Branch alum), this East Bay bar has the atmosphere of a laid-back, friendly neighborhood watering hole. That's in large part thanks to its almost magical backyard, which is draped in romantic string lights and is home to three majestic Redwoods. For the best deal, come after work for the $10 cocktail menu comprised of Tahsini's originals, like the International Mason, an invigorating blend of mezcal, Cynar, house-made coffee bitters, and Dolin Rouge.