Strong drinks and solid small plates put Townie on Berkeley’s growing (and glowing) American-bar map. Enter and you’ll feel instantly welcomed—by the regulars, the house-made chicharrones, and the 5-inch-long, herb-speckled French fries, not to mention the fixtures, names, and shapes studding this scene: Espolón, Lagunitas, polished-concrete floor, Streetfighter II. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, a zinc-topped bar, a vintage brick wall, 16 beers on tap, and an adventurous cocktail program, including concoctions like the Pretty in Pink—Campari, Sobieski vodka, syrup, lemon, Angostura bitters, and an orange twist. Townie also sports Art Deco lamps, Bulleit shots, pork-belly banh mis, and a stone-fruit dessert entailing mascarpone, peanuts, and absinthe. Berkeley native Nima Shokat, who helms Townie with his partner Maianna Voge, a fellow Berkeley native, wanted a casual, comfortable, easy, service-oriented place, and those priorities shine at Townie, from the garlic-cheese toast and grilled Caesar salad to the interesting wine list and the aforementioned cocktails. Plans are afoot to add seasonal menu items, family-style specials, lunch, and eventually morning coffee-and-pastry service. Serves dinner Tue.–Sat. and brunch Sat.–Sun.