Things to do for December 15, 2011

The Weekender

Bourbon Chocolates, Pubs and Dessert for Two

The weekend won’t stop till it gets enough.

Thursday
Haven Opens in Jack London Square
SAFE HAVEN

Haven Opens in Jack London Square

In the spirit of pulling out all the stops, you’ll want to head out to this waterfront establishment for family-style, whole-animal dining. Add a few cocktails and order one of the three desserts for two, like the Baked California. Or get all three—to keep in the spirit.

Now open, Haven, 44 Webster St (Jack London Square), Oakland, 510-663-4440

Saturday
Riviera Club at Welcome Stranger
CULTURE CLUB

Riviera Club at Welcome Stranger

Last-minute holiday shopping is best done with drink in hand. And like a genie granting a wish, the good people at Welcome Stranger will have beer and wine on hand. They’ll also be featuring the polished West Coast gear from Santa Barbara–based Riviera Club—in case this last-minute shopping is for you.

Sunday
Bangers and Mash in Mill Valley
LIKE A HAWK

Bangers and Mash in Mill Valley

Just a short jaunt over the Golden Gate puts you in this pub-style hangout that’s like a classy British hunting lodge. Wrap yourself into a tartan plaid booth and order up bangers and mash or fish and chips—along with a steady flow of Black and Tans. Then finish your sentences with phrases like “old chap.” Actually, don’t.

Monday
A Box of Bourbon and Bacon
BOXING DAY

A Box of Bourbon and Bacon

Bacon: good. Bourbon: good. Bacon and bourbon together: good. If you second that, then you should order this box packed with bourbon chocolates, bacon caramel bars, bacon peanut brittle and the like. Fruitcake is officially dead to us.

Tuesday
Old World Food Pop-Up
DREIDEL DREIDEL

Old World Food Pop-Up

Technically, Hanukkah lasts eight days. However, squeezing all the festivities into one night of feasting on latkes and corned beef followed by a menorah lighting and dreidel competitions sounds pretty good. And time efficient.

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