Oakland >Bars & Clubs > Somar
Neighborhoods: Downtown Oakland, Downtown
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A Cuban band who plays traditional salon music from Cuba and Brazil, evoking the classical melodies one might hear from a colonial terrace in Old Havana. This traditional music, including boleros and trovas cubanas, reflects the nostalgic 1950s era. No cover.
Chill Uptown spot is neighborhood lounge and watering hole. – Bid adieu to the concept of the ultra-lounge, and welcome in the age of the micro-lounge, a place (like this Oakland bar) as relaxing and understated as the ultra-lounge is oversized and pretentious. The boxy space, located conveniently close to both the newly remodeled Fox Theater and the 19th Street BART station, is decorated for both fashion and function--modern Asian accents spruce up an otherwise simple room where the focus is on comfortable seating (in the form of couches, tables, arm chairs and bar seating) suitable for small groups holding business meetings, friends meeting for happy hour and couples cuddling. A full bar is offered but the specialty drinks are, in fact, special: the murky-colored Province combines Dewazakura Oka sake, blueberries and pomegranate juice; the signature Somar Fizz is refreshing and sweet with tequila, elderflower liqueur and a hint of basil and cucumber. Add to the equation free WiFi, smooth tunes and some of the most accommodating bartenders around, and it's clear that those cheesy mega-clubs could learn a lot from this versatile,comfortable, intimate place.
Save Money: Happy hour--featuring $4 draft beers and $6 specialty drinks--runs from 4:30pm to 8pm Tuesday through Friday and 6pm-9pm on Saturday.
Nice spot for after work – Very trendy decor with a relaxed feel. Far and away the drinks were excellent, prices terrific, and the guys who run the spot are the type you wish would be behind every bar. The crowd can be a little eclectic but its an open spot where you and a few friends can get in the groove
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