Longitude Brings Tropical Drinks to Downtown Oakland


Suzanne Long, suited up and ready for an adventure. Photo courtesy Suzanne Long.

Suzanne Long, a tropical drink expert and rum educator who was previously the bar manager at Forbidden Island in Alameda, is getting ready to open her new bar in Oakland, called ~LONGITUDE~. The new spot takes the place of the shuttered Disco Volante, and is all about adventure, as explored through rum and whiskey from all over the world (hey, that’s an adventure that is hopper-approved, yesiree). Many of the drinks will have a tropical, tiki-inspired bent, which has become Long’s signature drink style. In addition, the broad selection of rum and whiskey will offer a chance to try flights or new spirits unadulterated. Either way, there should be lots of ways to explore new things.

Long collaborated with Bamboo Ben on the bar’s interior, which evokes a variety of tropical locales. There’s an East African-style hut, lots of natural texture, and straw and grasses to evoke the full tiki experience. There will be a pub menu, as well, though no details yet on exactly what that will looks like. The spot is slated to open this spring; we’ll keep you updated! 347 14th St. at Webster, 510-465-2008.