Housed in one of Oakland’s coolest triangular buildings right on Frank Ogawa Plaza, this clubby-and-pubby wine bar offers a perfect after-work escape to a bustling business day. Dart in for a featured or custom flight or a refreshing Rosé with a charcuterie or cheese plate. About 150 wine bottles snuggle horizontally on wine racks, adding visual interest. Pendant lights, wooden tables, and wine casks present rustic flair. About 30 wines—generally small-production varietals, many sustainable, from a wide price range—are available by the glass, and eight are on tap at any time. The menu ranges from snacks and salads to flatbreads and sandwiches, and there’s a good beer list for non-oenophile companions. Downtown Wine Merchants is also a wine shop, so you can pick up a bottle for home. Many swear by the wildly popular happy hour with great wine deals. Serves lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri. and dinner Sat.