Spices with heat, like ginger and cinnamon, bitters and shots of citrus combine to bring cheer during the winter months.
Trattoria Corso in North Berkeley is known for its delicious Florentine-style cuisine. Its cocktail menu is equally innovative, however.
The décor is “dark and comfortable,” and that’s how Honor’s many patrons love it, whether they are there for a cocktail or more.
The Hotsy Totsy is a 75-year old institution, but new owners are introducing gentle tweaks to suit contemporary tastes.
The East Bay Spice Company, a stone’s throw from the Cal campus, takes you back to the days when spices were a treasured commodity.
Ms Barstool “gratified her senses” over a a citrus and herb infused Rum Grundy at the always festive Penrose on Grand Avenue.
A plea to grocery stores: please don’t lump Passover, Hanukkah and “generic Jewish stuff” all together with some outlier tea biscuits.
At the Gather bar in downtown Berkeley you can take the classic route, or go improv with a drink mixed specially for you.
Ms Barstool says sipping a Tipsy Turvy at the Tribune Tavern, an environment rich with local history, is a highly recommended way to spend an evening.
What’s in a name? At Build Pizzeria, a lot where cocktails are concerned. Satisfy your curiosity and your thirst.
Good cocktails, great views of Lake Merritt, and owners who are community conscious: Sidebar Oaktown offers a nice mix.
When Ms Barstool and a friend headed to The Paragon to sip cocktails while watching the sun set, it felt like a ‘staycation.’