Published August 25, 2008
Caribbean Meets the Bay
Your three days off will be great. Maybe you can even take a little trip. How does Jamaica sound? Or better
Introducing Miss Pearl's Jam House
, a reinterpretation of the Phoenix Hotel's popular 1989
tropics-themed spot, opening Wednesday in Jack London Square.
With rooms full of old books and stuffed curio cabinets, Miss Pearl's initially looks and feels like your
eccentric great aunt's estate, but the island vibe takes hold when you pull up a stool at the jewel- and
shell-topped bar (an icebreaker like no marble bar could ever be).
Order a sipping rum, like the 15-Year Renegade Rum
aged in Chateau Latour barrels, and surprise
your date with the Miami Vice
, a layered strawberry daiquiri/piña colada parfait. If those
go down easy, proceed to the Jello Shots
; that's right, your favorite '80s rum-infused treats
are updated with fresh fruit purees, but served old-school in plastic cups. (Let the retro hedonism
You'll also want to check out the outdoor patio, where you can lounge by the lapping waves of the
Caribbean—er, Bay—as you work your way through some Jerk Chicken
or a few Mini
Skirts with Nice Buns
(that's skirt steak sliders).
If you prefer to extend your getaway, book a room next door at the Waterfront Plaza hotel.
Or better yet, make a weekend out of it.
Miss Pearl's Jam House
10 Washington St
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607