Best Reason to Day-Drink

The Trappist's patio

Housed in an unaccountably charming 19th-century Victorian, managed by the best bar staff in Oakland, and offering some 25 Belgian beers on tap, The Trappist was already one of the East Bay's destination bars, and that was before it threw down the trump card: a gorgeous, picnic-table bedecked, dog-friendly back patio, nestled between the bar's back brick wall and a (unobtrusive) fence like everyone's secret hideout, laid out right under that big Bay Area sky, sun or stars included. Actually, come to think of it, this place is also a great reason to drink at night, too.

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