The East Bay is blessed with a wealth of great bars, from the retro cool of Hotsy Totsy in Albany to the tropical rum haven of Longitude. Still, Prizefighter is the industry favorite. It’s an inviting space, serving straightforward but expertly made classic cocktails, quality beers, wines and “patio drinks,” like a Bloody Mary or Absinthe Spritz. Those are available by the glass or pitcher and, like all the drinks here, best enjoyed on the enclosed outdoor patio.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: There’s something for everyone: $10 neighborhood cocktails and craft beers, as well as alcoholic (Dark & Stormy, Paloma Fresca) and nonalcoholic (Strawberry Black Pepper Shrub & Soda) soda fountain drinks.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: You can bring pizza and subs from neighboring Rotten City Pizza, like the spicy Calabrian pie with house-made Italian sausage, Gaeta olives, Calabrian chiles and toasted fennel seeds.