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Oakland Irish Pub Rises From the Ashes of Closure

Sláinte will reopen on December 15 after going dark on Halloween

A plate of food.
Sláinte is back to pouring pints and making merry on December 15.
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

Sláinte, the Irish pub and kitchen at 131 Broadway in Oakland, will pour again as of Friday, December 15 at 5 p.m. In an Instagram post and on the business’s website, the ownership let fans know that after a slow summer and an announced closure on October 31, a few staff and friends have rallied together to bring the bar back to life. “You know that one of Ireland’s favorite symbols is the phoenix right?” the post begins.

The live Irish music the bar became known for is back that first night at 6 p.m. That said, Sláinte will reopen with a limited menu and hours, the statement reads, but customers should expect new items, specials, and increased hours over the following weeks and months. For now, the bar is open from 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday — though the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. — and 5 to 10 p.m. on Sunday with the kitchen closing at 9 p.m.

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