In Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, Ramen Shop is a continual draw for creative ramen and Japanese bites as it has been for bar manager Chris Lane’s cocktails. But now these destination-worthy cocktails have a bar of their own in a brand new space that opened in August next door to Ramen Shop. While not a bourbon bar per se, Lane shapes a highly curated spirits offerings in every category from rum to the appropriately strong Japanese whisky selection. But you’ll also find a thoughtful bourbon selection, from affordable, small batch Colorado Gold Bourbon to extinct rarities like Parker’s Heritage Golden Anniversary.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Bourbon shines in the tart, balanced Foxglove cocktail, served up, combining bourbon with chamomile tea, lemon, apple, bitters and Bénédictine.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
You can wait for a table over a drink or head to the bar for drinks and bites like scallion pancakes or house sesame chips.