At Analog, a pint-sized bar in downtown Oakland, the walls are lined with old VHS tapes, the jukebox is loaded with 45s, and a Nintendo console is set up with the original Duck Hunt “zapper” gun. Welcome to 1982 — or, short of that, to a bar that celebrates the simple pleasures of those bygone times. It feels appropriate, then, that the food and drink selection is similarly unfussy: Instead of fancy cocktails, there are eight craft beers on tap, PBR, and Miller High Life. To eat, there are sandwiches — glorious sandwiches, many of them vegan. But you don’t have to be vegan to bow down to the glory of a sandwich called “The Young and the Breastless” (a rich, boldly spiced take on buffalo chicken), or to dig into “The Rachel,” a vegan Reuben made with house-made seitan. Meanwhile, non-vegans love the “Poor Boy,” a straightforward and utterly satisfying grilled cheese sandwich.
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Happy Hour ($1 off beer and wine) Tue.-Fri. 4-7 p.m.