We had some great friends visiting this weekend (you know who you are!) and decided to spend a few hours at Make Westing, a bar in Uptown Oakland, for some excellent drinks and bocce ball. Yep, they have bocce ball courts IN the bar! Being of Italian descent, I like to think I have some bocce skills in my blood. If you're not familiar with the game, here is a quick summary. I suppose it's normally played on outdoor courts in the Italian countryside, but it works surprisingly well in a bar setting. Anyway, we paired up in a men vs. women match and I am proud to say the women kicked butt, winning 11-6.
I'll stop bragging now and get down to the details. This bar is super hip but casual, with a really rustic, warehouse-y interior. Their happy hour is a darn good deal - from 4-6 pm all mixed drinks are $6, beers are $3. And the bartenders know their stuff! My absolute favorite drink is the Garden Gimlet, made with cucumber, gin, basil, and lime - so frothy and refreshing! Another winner is the mojito, which is topped off with prosecco and served in a tall glass. Gabe had the Carolac, a really interesting drink made with rye, absinthe, Averna, and orange bitters.
So get there early and grab a bocce court, get a drink and some spicy popcorn, and have fun!