East Bay residents have another reason to head out to the beloved East Brother Beer Co. taproom, tucked away near the Richmond Marina. Richmond chef Phillip Mitchell and his wife Kim launched a new food popup there Thursday, called Kim’s Louisiana Kitchen, featuring Mitchell's signature deep-fried turkey sliders.
A new French-style wine bar on San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito opened to welcoming crowds this weekend. Anticipation had been building since a local couple signed on in September 2021 to turn the building at 10368 San Pablo Avenue into a gathering spot called Banter Wine.
A group of comedians is bringing the laughs with small, affordable and sometimes BYOB comedy shows in eclectic venues around the Bay. These include a bicycle cafe, board game shop and fun and funky bars in Oakland and Richmond – plus one quirky event in a "hackerspace" in Mountain View.
An immersive, virtual-reality exhibit in Richmond lets visitors experience a voyage to space – virtually, that is – and explore a replica of the International Space Station. The exhibit will be in the Richmond waterfront's historic Craneway Pavilion through March.
A Portland-based brewery that's all about "keeping beer fun" has re-envigorated the Torpedo Room space on Fourth Street in Berkeley, formerly occupied by Sierra Nevada beer. The family- and dog-friendly taproom offers brews on 16 taps and allows patrons to bring in outside food.
A new independent distillery joined the ranks of Richmond's craft food and drink scene this year and is off to a running start, opening a tasting room near the Richmond marina and garnering recognition for one of its craft liquors. Called Dissident Spirits, the distillery and its attached tasting room are located in Richmond's Marina Bay neighborhood, within a shopping center that also houses the popular Armistice Brewing Company.