Plum Bar Now Open in Oakland


The back lounge area. Photo by Cindy Chew.


The front bar area. Photo by Cindy Chew.

Last week—after a delicious Haven preview dinner by chef Kim Alter—I had a chance to take a peek at ~PLUM BAR~, the new bar flanking owner Daniel Patterson’s ~PLUM~ in Oakland’s Uptown District. Scott Beattie is the man behind the cocktail magic, serving “classically inspired and progressive, culinary-driven cocktails.” You’ll also be able to graze on bar bites from chef Ron Boyd, like charcuterie and sandwiches (grilled cheese, chicken sausage), and a double burger. There is also wine on tap, local beers, and fans of single malts will be stoked with the selection.

The design is gorg—it’s another notable space by Scott Kester (COI, Plum, and the upcoming Haven), with wood floors, custom leather furniture, and—my favorite touch—walls covered with pages of poetry. The bar glows from underneath, and I dug the mirrored panels above the bar. There’s also a large table and lounge area in the back with room for 12—it felt a bit 1970s conversation pit. Another fun element: the greenhouse cabinet with live plants and herbs for use in the cocktails. Want a piece of the action? Plum Bar has created an opportunity for guests who invest to become “Seatholders”—read more on the website. Hours are daily 5pm-close. 2216 Broadway at Grand, Oakland, 510-444-7586.