Hello Stranger, Oakland
Historic spaces present special challenges, or, as we prefer to think of them: opportunities. We worked with Oakland’s Historic Preservation Commission to preserve the storefront of this former tuxedo shop while transforming the interior into a hip Uptown bar. Inside the original, long and narrow footprint, we created multiple, distinct spaces for a different experience every time guests visit the bar: a private booth, an upstairs mezzanine, a bar, a DJ booth and dance floor and, at the very back, a second, backlit private bar. Signature mixed cocktails kegged in the basement flow upstairs from taps behind the bar so bartenders can pour, garnish and serve in one fluid movement. To the many generations who once suited up here for weddings and prom nights, from the generations after: Bottom’s up!
Contractor: Allied Construction Services, Photographer: Patricia Chang