Word on Webster: A toast to Webster Street
Webster Street has long been known as a place to toast friends, meet new ones and revive one’s spirits. I recently visited a number of our local watering holes to check out the drinks and those doing the drinking.
Recently renovated bar with beautiful decor. While the fireplace isn’t working, there is a free pool table. Only open Thursday – Saturday evenings. I attempted to visit several times, but the bar was not open during posted hours. The business is for sale. Have you ever wanted to own a bar?
1453 Webster Street; 864-1244. http://www.thefiresidelounge.com/
Frog & Fiddle
Recently opened. Modern bar in one corner of the restaurant. Three beers on tap, Rock Wall wines and a basic spirits selection. The kitchen serves burgers and salads. Friendly, experienced bartender who seems to have drawn a following from having worked at another local bar. The acoustics aren’t very good, but the owners are working on fixing the problem. The crowd is in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Live music should be coming in the near future. In addition to a frog on the bar, they also feature two geckos on the wall. There are no plans to add “Gecko” to the name.
1544 Webster Street; 522-FROG. http://www.frogandfiddle.com/
Island Paradise Club
Caribbean music. Open only Friday and Saturday nights. Strict dress code and there is a cover charge. Because of the limited hours, I wasn’t able to visit. A call to the club was not returned.
1436 Webster Street; 865-3225. http://www.islandparadiseclub.com/
New Zealander Restaurant & Pub
Beautiful historic bar located in the Croll Building, a California landmark that was built in 1879. Eleven beers on tap including many heavier beers such as India Pale Ale. There is also a cider on tap. Small selection of wines and a standard selection of spirits. They also carry Moa bottled beer from New Zealand. The crowd seems to favor tap beers and the bar has more of the feel of a pub than a cocktail lounge. Diverse crowd in terms of both age, race and culture. They also serve food such as burgers, steaks, pub pies and salads. Live music on Thursdays and Saturdays.
1400 Webster Street; 769-8555. http://thenewzealanderpub.com/
Otaez Mexican Restaurant
Large modern bar with four beers on tap including Dos Equis lager and amber. Full bar with wide selection of tequilas. Good selection of Mexican bottled beers. Customers prefer margaritas and Dos Equis. The focus seems to be more on the Mexican restaurant than on the bar.
1619 Webster Street; 521-9090. http://www.otaezrestaurant.com
Shamrock Irish Pub
This is a large bar with two pool tables as well as a Foosball table. It features a rocking jukebox that keeps the crowd moving and shaking. There are 14 beers on tap including Guinness, Bass and Lagunitas IPA. There is a full bar with a very large selection of spirits. The crowd is mainly over 40 and really enjoys the drink. Attentive bartender.
1403 Webster Street; 769-9788.
The “No A——s Allowed” sign is prominent above the bar at Wally’s Corner, which features one beer on tap: Bud. There is a large selection of spirits, but no wine visible. There is a pool table. The crowd is mainly over 50 and dedicated drinkers.
1600 Webster Street; 522-4412.
AC Transit is planning major cuts in service and Alameda is not spared this time. Two rounds of cuts will be taking place. One begins October 31 and the second, which is much more severe, begins on December 19. The end result will mean no all-night service in Alameda and no weekend service east of Broadway or west of Webster. Line 31, which serves the West End, will be eliminated on weekends. All Transbay bus service on weekends will be eliminated, including Alameda’s O bus. Specifics regarding these two rounds of cuts are available here and here.
The historic monument honoring Alameda as the terminal of the first transcontinental railroad has been repaired. Vandals had sprayed graffiti on it and skateboarders were using it to do tricks. Public Works repainted and repaired the monument and added anti-skateboarding hardware. Previously, Public Works had rebuilt the monument after a motorist crashed into it. The monument is located at the northwest corner of Webster and Lincoln by the Shell gas station. The historic location is noted here.
The Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (WISE), a Bay Area non-profit that helps lower-income women start their own businesses, has opened a retail shop at 1532 Webster Street. The shop will showcase, on a rotating basis, the goods and services of those businesses that WISE has supported.