You did set a priority for today when you woke up, right?
Here’s a backup, just in case:
It’s a pub called The Growlers’ Arms, a cozy, wooden spot full of haggis, bread pudding and plenty of brews—it’s now open for dinner in Oakland. (See the sample menu here, and this is the slideshow.)
If you get a homey-tavern-in-the-English-countryside vibe in here, great. That’s what the married owners were going for with the tufted-leather banquettes, the crackling fireplace, the barnwood-made bar top and the red velvet stools.
So the next time you find yourself in the East Bay for an afternoon meeting (or you want fish-and-chips that aren’t, like, deconstructed with essence of rosemary tincture), commandeer the Godfather-esque booth by the fire. Ask for a pint of the Linden Street Burning Oak black lager.
That should be plenty until the platters of housemade rabbit sausages and short rib with stout sauce come your way.
Whenever possible, we try to leave you with stout sauce.