The Beginning of a New Era


Photo from Era.

Another project opening in Oakland that I mentioned a while back is ~ERA ART BAR AND LOUNGE~ on Grand Avenue in the Uptown District. The 5,000-square-foot space will bring together art (expect bi-monthly collections of modern and contemporary art), handcrafted artisan cocktails with house-made syrups and bitters, local small production wines, and a wide range of music (with occasional live performances). AKG partners is behind the project (Alfonso Dominguez, Kevin Best, and Gairy Jacques)—their other venues include Tamarindo Antojeria, B Restaurant and Bar, and Air Lounge.

There are two lounges: downstairs features vaulted, hand-plastered ceilings and a 35-foot steel and concrete bar; upstairs features vintage leather seating, antique and modern furniture, reclaimed 1920s hardwood flooring, a hand-blown glass chandelier, and a more intimate bar. Era will be open from 4:30pm-1:30am Wed-Sat, with a daily happy hour from 4:30pm-7:30pm. 19 Grand Ave. at Broadway, Oakland, 510-832-4400.