SomaR is my new favorite bar in Uptown Oakland for about a million reasons. While most other bars in the neighborhood have a reputation for catering to the condo-dwelling, buttoned up, San Francisco-run-off hipster crowd, SomaR is always host to a diverse, un-uptight crowd more inclined to dancing and perusing the art by local street artists. SomaR is a family run establishment that staffs upbeat, easy going bartenders. The sense of family is extended beyond the staff and to the customers, what with a joyous, drunken attitude that sets the tone for the bar. SomaR is the type of bar that reminds you how fun it is to get drunk with friends, listen to good music and cut up the rug a bit.
SomaR is a bar favored by Oakland natives. On any given night of the week, DJs, bartenders, social workers, teachers and businessmen and women who are originally from the Bay Area gather at SomaR, and stories about growing up in Oakland, living in Oakland and drinking in Oakland abound. SomaR frequently features Happy Hour DJs, making it your best bet for rowdy post-work intoxication within a two block radius from 19th Street BART. On weekend nights, SomaR becomes a thumping club with a line full of scantily clad women and men with big-dick swagger. With a well edited selection of liquors, including an emphasis on whiskeys, it’s easy to find something to sip on while in good company, listening to good music.