2017 Food & DrinkEditors' Choice
Best Happy Hour on a Rooftop Patio
In just under three years, Mad Oak (borrowing its name from Madison and Oak streets) has grown into a prominent Oakland watering hole thanks to its vast rooftop patio and community focus. The neighborhood "bar n' yard"—where friendly and attentive bartenders mix up craft cocktails and pour perfect pints from 40 beers on tap—manages to strike a balance between spacious and intimate. The airy, two-story floor plan accommodates lively Tuesday trivia teams, local Warriors and A's fans (drawn in by televised games), and happy hour-goers breaking bread (or Burnt Ends BBQ) at beer garden-style picnic tables. Happy hour is 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday ($1 off well drinks and 16 oz draft beers).
135 12th St.