“Prizefighter is the best bar near Berkeley hands down — pups allowed, great beers, shuffleboard, great bartenders. It’s just the best!” — Nosh reader
Emeryville’s cocktail bar options are certainly growing, but the city can still feel like a dead zone once all of the Pixar employees and IKEA shoppers head home. Prizefighter, however, is almost always bustling. It’s a favorite of restaurant industry folks; this writer spent a particularly “memorable” evening tasting what must have been half of the mezcal offerings with a couple of pop-up chefs. But Prizefighter is actually great place to not drink too much — the bartenders craft expert low- and no-alcohol highball drinks, and the bar serves a decent round-up of easy-drinking beers. Pro-tip? Bring in a pizza from Rotten City (it’s across the street) and enjoy it on the patio with your beverage. Prizefighter is at 6702 Hollis St. (at 67th), Emeryville.