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Amazing Strawberry Lemonade

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Jack London Square

White rum, spiced rum, 151 rum, strawberry puree, fresh squeezed lemonade, fruit garnish

Our famous non-alcoholic strawberry lemonade is a customer favorite. One day Former Oakland Raider Jarrod Cooper stated you need some liquor in here so WE did!!!

Blindspotted

Bar Cesar

Piedmont Avenue

Lime Juice, Pear Puree, Smith & Cross rum, Atlantico Rum, Cruzan Black Strap Rum

The movie Blindspotting shot right here in Oakland was the inspiration for this drink. Because just like the movie there's a ton of subtle intricacies going on with this drink. Yet, you'll only be able to focus on just one at a time.

Conga Mai Tai

Forbidden Island

Alameda

Light rum, gold rum, orange curacao, pineapple, lime and mint

The Conga Mai Tai pays tribute to Oakland's Conga Lounge which contributed to the SF Bay Area's revival of Tiki bars and culture between 2003 and 2015.

Kitten's Milk

The Cat House

Grand Lake

Damoiseau 110 Blanc, Housemade Orgeat, Housemade Black Cardamom syrup, Lime juice and zest

Inspired by the original 1944 Mai Tai from Trader Vic's in Oakland.

Mistadobalina

The Avenue

Temescal

Rum, Amaretto, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour, Pineapple Juice.

The first time I made this drink was my first bartending job. It was 1992 and i was a rough and ready 21 year old . The bar was a long since closed little Mexican restaurant called The Cantina in the Glenview District of Oakland. The customer asked for a Mai Tai, the drink conceived in the East Bay. I could not remember how to make a one, so I threw ingredients together that seemed logical and appropriately tropical. The customer took a sip and said, "Well, this is not a Mai Tai, but it is delicious". A couple of years later, Cointreau had a cocktail contest and i switched out the Triple Sec for Cointreau, and called it a Howard's End and it took the blue ribbon! The original name was a RATS P, basically the acronym of the ingredients, but Howard's End had a better ring. I changed it to Mistadobalina to match the Avenue's Music themed Menu, and to pay homage to the Legendary Rapper, Skyline Graduate, founding member , Hieroglyphics and The Souls of Mischief, and of course the reason Oakland celebrates Hiero day every year, Del the Funky Homosapien!!! We actually went to Skyline High School OPS together. He graduated in 1990, I was class of 1989 (my daughter will be class of 2021) :) Jack Daniels Rye, Tippleman's Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, Old Fashion Bitters, served on The ROCK's or up, garnished with a cherry and a lemon twist.

Oak-ness Monster

Plank

Jack London Square

Malibu Rum, Melon Liquor, Pineapple Juice, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Blue curacao

Our inspiration comes from the spirit "Oak-ness Monster" spotted in Lake Merritt dating back to 1940.

Pacific Exchange

dosa by Dosa

Uptown

Denizen rum, coconut washed El Dorado rum, Banane du Bresil, pineapple juice, lime juice, spiced agave, passionfruit foam

The Pacific Exchange is inspired by the tiki drink movement that was born in oakland, thanks in large part to Trader Vic's invention of the Mai Tai as well as the Port of Oakland's role in importing international flavors

Piedmont Ave

CDP

Piedmont Avenue

Bay Laurel, Rhum Agricole, Coconut, Lime

Inspired by the local scrub of the Oakland hills (where Chef James forages ingredients for Commis/CDP often). The pervasive bay trees have given the ingredient an almost-permanent place on the menu in some form.

Saint Malo

CDP

Piedmont Avenue

Calvados, Lemon, Toasted Pecan Orgeat, Curaçao

Oakland is one of the birthplaces of Tiki culture; this Mai Tai-inspired cocktail pays homage to that chapter of Oakland's history while offering a few Commis-inspired twists.

Stranger End

Honor Kitchen & Cocktails

Emeryville

Scarlet Ibis Rum, Velvet Falernum, Batavia Arrack, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Passion Fruit Puree, Prickly Pear Puree, Hella Bitters Citrus.

This cold and refreshing cocktail reminds of the crisp cool weather that we get living in The Bay.

The Kamala Harris

Plum Bar

Uptown

Wray & nephew rum, pear, cucumber, tarragon, undiyo masala

An Oakland Native of Jamaican & Indian descent, United States Senator Kamala Harris has served in the SF City Attorney's office, and as the California Attorney General. Kamal is a M*#%F&@ BOSS! Kamala Harris for President!

The Kon-Tiki Grog

The Kon-Tiki

Uptown

Jamaican pot still rum, pineapple juice, lemon juice, passion fruit, bitters

The Kon-Tiki grog is a riff on the classic Trader Vic's Grog. Trader Vic's was the second tiki bar to exist in the world, right here in Oakland. With this drink, we are paying homage to the bar that made tiki happen, because it happened in Oakland!

Town Biz Mai Tai

Fort Green

Old Oakland

Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Remy Martin VSOP, Destillar Orange Curacao, Small Hand Foods Orgeat, Lime

Mai Tai's were invented in Oakland so this is a modern take on it.

Trader Vic's Mai Tai 1944

Trader Vics Emeryville

Emeryville

Royal Amber Rum, Lime Juice, Rock Candy Syrup, Orgeat Syrup, Orange Curacao

The original Mai Tai was invented in Oakland by Victor Bergeron (aka Trader Vic) in 1944. He created it one afternoon for some friends visiting from Tahiti. One friend tasted the drink and cried out: "Maita'i roa ae!" (meaning "Out of this world!")—hence the name.

Warriors Punch

Home of Chicken and Waffles

Jack London Square

Rum, vodka, tequila, gin, triple sec, margarita mix, blue carasuel, pineapple juice

Our World Champion Golden State Warriors inspired us to create a punch for the parade for the blue and gold and was a big hit.

White Fang

BELCAMPO

Jack London Square

Denizen white rum, Luxardo, orgeat

For Oakland cocktail week we will do a cocktail called White Fang to pay homage to Jack London.

Wright & Wrong

Hawking Bird

Temescal

Wright & Brown blackstrap rum, Nux Alpina nocino, house lemongrass falernum, fresh lime, Barkeep Chinese bitters, cinnamon

In Oakland, the home of the awe-inspiring Mai Tai, it seems only appropriate to use a rum from Oakland's first post-prohibition whiskey distillery in a richly layered cocktail combining tiki sensibilities while incorporating Asian influences that reflect Oakland's multicultural mix. I don't think we've got it Wrong...

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