Event Guide: The Events You Don’t Want To Miss This Coming Oakland Cocktail Week

From spirit tastings to dance parties, Oakland Cocktail Week 2022 has something for everyone. To help, we’ve put together a list of the best events you don’t want to miss this coming Oakland Cocktail Week. To RSVP to all of these events and to Buy Your Tickets for Town Throwdown and Passionfruit go to our calendar here.

Multi-Day Events

Mon, May 02 - Sun, May 08 | @ Bardo Lounge & Supper Club, Binny’s, Tribune, North Light

Oakland Bourbon Trail Brought To You By Four Roses Bourbon

Take a self-guided tour of Oakland sipping on tasty Bourbon at every stop. Visit all four participating bars - Bardo Lounge and Supper Club, Tribune, Binny’s and North Light - any day during cocktail week to sample a different Four Roses Bourbon expression neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. At each stop, collect a different collector pin (while supplies last) and check-off the stop on the map. At the end of the week, submit your completed map to to claim a gift from Four Roses.

Mon, May 02 - Sun May 08 | @ A Cote, alaMar, Calavera, Chop Bar, Home of Chicken & Waffles, Hopscotch, Kingston11, Nido's Backyard, Tay Ho Oakland, Friends & Family, Sobre Mesa, Low Bar, Mela Bistro

Oakland Cocktail Week + Dining for Justice = Good spirits for good.

When you celebrate at a Dining For Justice bar or restaurant in Oakland, every toast and tipple helps to spread health and equal dignity for all Oaklanders.

Thurs, May 05 - Sun May 08 | @ Low Bar, The Kon-Tiki, Korner Oakland

Collectors Glass Challenge Brought To You By Mount Gay Rum

Take a self-guided tour. Hit all three participating spots - Low Bar, The Kon-Tiki and Korner Oakland - any day during cocktail week and order the Mount Gay Rum specialty cocktail of the week. With your purchase you’ll get a different limited edition collectors glass featuring one of three Oakland Art Murmur artists - Ari Takata-Vazquez, Celia Peters and Sandra Wong. Each stop has a different design to collect. Run! There is only a limited amount of each glass.

Tues, May 03 - Sun, May 08 | @ Mägo and Millennium |

Come out and enjoy a meal and a tasty cocktail featuring Common Ground Spirits. Each

location will be creating two cocktails featuring two different expressions.

Single Day Events

Tue, May 03 | @ North Light | 4 pm

North Light Will Guide You: An Evening with Brucato Amaro

Come taste delicious creations featuring Brucato Amaro and help raise funds for Dining for Justice.

Tue, May 03 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 5 pm

Spirit of Oakland: Spirit Tasting and Pop-Up Art Gallery

Come taste Homebase Spirits’ latest collaboration with Oakland Art Murmur and Meet the Artist.

Tue, May 03 | @ Copper Spoon | 6 pm

Tacos and Mezcal

Join Ilegal Mezcal at Copper Spoon for an evening of tacos and mezcal cocktails.

Wed, May 04 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 4 pm

Mosswood Tasting @ Alkali Rye

Come support your local spirits. All week Alkali Rye will be featuring a different local or small batch distiller.

Wed, May 04 | @ Calavera, Drexl, Parlour and The Port Bar | 6 pm

Illegal Mezcal’s Drinking for A Cause Bar Hop

Drink for a Cause. Take a trip through Oakland uncovering the complex flavors of Mezcal and along the way help raise funds for WayOut’s Celebrating You program.

Thurs, May 05 | @ Frank Ogawa Plaza | 5 pm

Join Oak Central for the kick-off of their weekly music and happy hour series. Every week starting May 5, Oak Central will bring you live music and entertainment, food vendors, libations and more.

Fri, May 06 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 3 pm

Brucato Amaro @ Alkali Rye

Continuing the local spirits showcase, today the folks from Brucato Amaro will be at Alkali Rye doing a tasting of their three expressions.

Fri, May 06 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 5 pm

Ilegal Mezcal @ Alkali Rye

Let the good times roll. Stick around for a second tasting at Alkali Rye featuring the team from Ilegal Mezcal.

Sat, May 07 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 12 pm

Uncle Nearest Whiskey @ Alkali Rye

Come discover Uncle Nearest inspired by the best whiskey-maker the world never knew, the first African-American master distiller on record in the United States, Nearest Green.

Sat, May 07 | @ Sobre Mesa | 12 pm

Town Throwdown: A Friendly Neighborhood Cocktail Competition

Top Chef alumnus, Nelson German, is bringing together bartenders from all over Oakland to go head to head in a friendly cocktail competition featuring Dos Hombres Mezcal and Liquid Alchemist syrups. Winner goes home with bragging rights and $1,000 in their pocket to burn.

Get your tickets soon. This event will sell out.

Sat, May 07 | @ Alkali Rye: Oakland’s Beverage Shop | 3 pm