Driving up San Pablo Avenue at night a few weeks ago, I noticed some lighted tiki torches on the other side of a high wooden fence ... outdoor patio ... tiki tourches ... I decided to look it up on the web ... and see if it had food.
The East Bay Express just nominated one of the bartenders, Tej, the Most Mixologically Adept Bartender of 2005
The consensus on the was was similar to what is on the CLub Mallard website
"We serve everyone, from the college crowd to thirty-somethings to Albany locals. Come in on any given night, and you'll be likely to find these three groups (and more) represented at the Mallard."
However, the vibe I got was that it was a younger crowd and reports on food were that there were a few snacks, but it was mainly a bar. I decided it wasn't for me.
Cut to today. Crummy day brightened by the fact that I got my Chowhound Guide to SF. I'm reading it at stop lights. Cars are beeping as the light changes. Time to pull over somewhere to enjoy it uninterrupted ... I look up and see Club Mallard. Now is the time I think.
Sitting on the outdoor patio on a Tuesday was very pleasant. There's a decent selection of draft beers that include:
Boont Amber Ale
Moonlight Dryleaf Ale
Being a bar is it's thing and there's a large selection of every type of alcohol ... was going for a martini, but couldn't decide on a gin, so I got a nice cosmo ... totally entertained by book ... follow it with a Boont Amber Ale. Didn't check out the food, if any.
Very pleasant place with something for everyone. There are two outdoor patios ... one downstairs with the torches and another on the second floor.
As the website says:
The downstairs bar, reminiscent of a hunting lodge, has quarter pool tables, pinball machines, video games, and a jukebox kept stocked with only the best songs from the coolest bands."
It works. You can go off and do your thing. There's at least one stuffed duck hanging from the ceiling clutching a beer can with his webbed feet. There are antler lamps. The lights are very low.
Didn't go upstairs, but the bar is supposed to be more upscale.
The bar started in 1934 as "The Doghouse" because there was a nearby dog track. That section of Alabany, El Cerrito and Richmond was known for great clubs and great jazz. The clubs are gone except for Club Mallard. More history on the website.
I like the place. It's a good place to kick back and have a beer on an outdoor patio during the week.
Anyone have more info about the club?
Here's a link to the East Bay express article which has the address of Club Mallard and link to the website.