The spiritous Ol’ 55. Photo: Dana Eastland. © tablehopper.com.
Down in Dogpatch, ~THIRD RAIL~ is getting ready to open on Thursday December 12th. The new bar from Jeff Lyon and Phil West of Range has a transit vibe, with a long railway shape, a large clock, and booths designed to echo train compartments. We got a preview of the cocktails a few weeks ago; for more details check out our previous piece here. Pictures and more details on the space will be coming on Friday! Hours will be daily 3pm-2am. 628 20th St. at 3rd St., 415-252-7966.
As previously mentioned on tablehopper, Rockridge is getting an outpost of San Francisco wine bar ~THE BARREL ROOM~. The new spot, from sommeliers Sarah Trubnick and Carolyn Johnson, is set to open on Thursday December 12th. You’ll find a selection of 50 wines available by the glass, with 200 choices by the bottle. Regionally focused flights will be available, with the region changing monthly; the first region will be France, with flights from Germany, Austria, and Italy also making appearances.
They’ve signed Sam Paulding on as chef (previously of Oliveto), and will be offering a full menu of both small plates and entrées. The menu will change every eight weeks, with an opening menu of French offerings like brandade with toasts and Brie in puff pastry on the small plates list, with duck confit cassoulet with Toulouse sausage and boeuf bourguignon croustades keeping the entrée list hearty. There is also a selection of charcuterie and cheeses. You can catch happy hour Tue-Fri 4pm-5:30pm, with $7 wine specials. Hours are Tue-Sun 11am-10:30pm for the kitchen; the bar will remain open until 12am. 5330 College Ave. at Bryant, Oakland, 510-655-1700.