East Bay Girls/Guys Night Out

Sometimes we all need to spend a little time a good mile apart from the S.O. If you're a man who just needs a night away to cut loose with your boys or a woman who wants to treat her ladies to a pitcher of Anchor Steam, at least one of these East Bay spots will tickle your fancy.


Photo credit: Girls Night Out courtesy Ikon Vodka

Updated: January 30, 2008

Girls Night Out

Whether you just feel like celebrating the glory of two X chromosomes with your girls or the male inhabiting your home is inspiring you to drink elsewhere, these hospitable hangouts will honor your needs. From lively restaurants to European-style wine bars, the night world is your oyster.

Solano Cellars Bistro-Winebar

1580 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94707

A small wine bar featuring adventurous wines and tasty nibbles, this friendly spot can supply a girls run with flights or bottles.

Albatross Pub

1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702

Intelligent conversation abounds, and your group can relax while engaging passionate academics over a bottle of Belgian and a game of Connect Four.


1515 Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94709

The original Berkeley location earns points for culinary classics and its vibe--somehow the party always feels livelier in this cozy space.

A Cote

5478 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Good for a first or last stop, A Cote serves great cocktails, wine and bistro small plates (frittes!) late into the night.

Dona Tomas

5004 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

From expertly mixed margaritas and house-made chips to mescal flights and huitlacoche quesadillas, Dona Tomas can easily please a crowd with the basics and delights of Mexican cuisine.

Va de Vi Bistro & Wine Bar

1511 Mt Diablo Blvd, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

A blessing in a quiet town, this wine bar's ambience, food and extensive wine list could serve as one night stop for Contra Costa girls not eager to join the bridge-and-tunnel crowd.

Guys Night Out

Because your friends consist of both pint-minded manimals and the collared-shirt, wine-inclined, here are five places capable of meeting the needs of all your boys away from home.

Ben & Nick's Bar & Grill

5612 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

With stick-to-your-ribs pub food and a beer menu longer than Santa's naughty list, Ben 'n Nick's is a great start to a long night out.

Wood Tavern

6317 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

Make a reservation for this neighborhood tavern--its expertly made comfort food, fantastic wines by the glass and draft beers fill seats fast.


4799 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609

Cheap and delectable thin-crust pizza and a relaxed, mixed crowd make this joint worthy of some time spent in Temescal.

Kingfish Cafe & Pub

5227 Claremont Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

It's claim to fame being cheap beers and hearty mixed drinks, Kingfish should be either within walking distance or a cab's fare away from the group's pass-out destination.

Becketts Of Berkeley

2271 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Even if Tuesday-night trivia isn't your group's thing, Beckett's traditional Irish pub fare and fierce gin and tonics will still please all of your manly men.


2181 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

The hordes of Cal grad students packing this place are a testament to its vibe--lighthearted, comfortable, and bubbling like the froth atop its draft brews. In short, it's the perfect place for a male-bonding experience.