But it’s midnight, and you need a drink.
Melancholy music from a band with a weird pun in their name.
Also, maybe a banh mi.
This could all happen at Starline Social Club, a new spot in the 1883 Odd Fellow’s Hall that’s now a restaurant, a bar and (soon) a live-performance space. It’s opening tonight in Oakland.
In short: there’s a lot going on in this place.
In less short: you might come by on a weeknight with a group of friends or an up-for-anything kind of date. You’ll wander through some indoor foliage and past some tufted-leather horseshoe booths. Maybe take a seat at the wooden bar in back, under the tin-tiled ceiling, and order a couple of Old Fashioneds.
You might then scan the tiny, eclectic menu. It changes nightly, but think steak tartare, onion rings, steamed dumplings, banh mi sandwiches... The place is owned by one of the guys behind Ramen Shop and a couple of artists, so it’s meant to be just as random as it sounds.
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to head upstairs for live music, dancing or an art show. There’s also talk of roller-skating parties and yoga pop-ups.
Nothing like a little late-night banh mi and roller skating.