Apparently I get first chowhound mention of a new-ish place, dogwood, in oakland
Corner of 17th and Telegraph. I was on my way out of cafe van kleef (still making a great greyhoud after all these years, although call for Absolute not well), and I saw this new spot across the street. There was security, but mostly a dark wood room built for lingering, lots of air, a dozen tables.
The classic cocktail list was strong, as was the liquor selection. They follow a pattern I dislike, ignoring some of the older, better mixing price-performance liquors, like wild turkey or segram's, focusing on what is cheap at BevMo, like Michter's (Scratch in MV does this too). Still, the Aviation was very tasty, well mixed.
They had Ryan Farr's chicarones at the bar for $3 a bag. The bar menu included the salumi and cheese, and I was gratified to see a poisse (spelling), which I love in style but didn't try.
I noticed they had the 'firelit' coffee liquor made by Hangar One, and the bartender mentioned the owner of Hanger One was in the previous day, and was trying to create new drinks for his liquor. My ideas was general: a twist on the bourbon and branch 'revolver', but with orange instead of lemon. The bartender was willing to mix to spec - 0.25 honey, 1.5 revolution rye, house made orange and some fee brothers orange bittters.
I didn't see the full menu, but will return. The place is not rising to the heights of Plum nearby, but seems a worthy addition to Uptown.