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Uptown Oakland Scores New Sports Bar from Team Behind SF Athletic Club


Patricia Chang

A new sports bar in the former Izzy’s Steak & Chop House space will kick off service soon, offering a new spot for Uptown Oakland to watch the game — whichever contest that may be, with 40 screens and 20 “sound zones” in the sizable space. The new bar at 59 Grand comes from Ezra Berman and Miles Palliser, the duo behind Divisadero’s San Francisco Athletic Club, and in keeping with that name, it’s called The Athletic Club Oakland — all the more appropriate for a bar in A’s territory. A grand opening is scheduled for May 15, though the doors will be open and TV’s on “in time for the Western Conference finals.”

Parisa O’Connell design (The Redford, San Francisco Athletic Club) is behind the space, which features shuffleboard tables, an upper level dubbed the “skybox,” and athletic touches like a bar made from an old basketball court floor and trophy cases to bring you back to your glory days on the field/court/diamond/mat, real or imagined. Booths for 10-25 people can be rented out, as can a “rivalry room,” which features two opposing pull-out wood bleachers, each with seating for 30, and a projector screen that drops down between them for each team’s fans to watch from the other side.

The bar menu from Matty McGee (Prize Fighter, Flora, Era) has 12 draft beers, 20 more in bottles and cans, eight taps of wine, and 10 cocktails, plus slushies du jour. The food menu is Matt Rosson’s (SanFrancisco Athletic Club, The Corner Store, Salt House) and it’s got riffs on stadium hits like wings and nachos, deep fried pickles, and cauliflower wings.

Stay tuned for more as opening day approaches at the Athletic Club Oakland. When it does, hours will be Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight. Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.