Dogwood - Bars - 1644 Telegraph Ave, Uptown, Oakland, CA

Dogwood   - Bars - 1644 Telegraph Ave, Uptown, Oakland, CA
4/7/2016

Stopped at Dogwood during a bar-hopping Sat night.Your basic bar close to public transportation that has the hustle and bustle that one might associate with a bar on Polk St., SF.Carries your typical alcohol. What I liked was the great service and that it's an awesome place to people watch and just have a conversation with your friends. That and the cocktails are awesome. 'Nuff said.

9/5/2016

I will admit, this was the last place we went to on our night out for Downtown Oakland. I wanted to end my night with some prosecco, but they didn't have any left - so I ended up with cava. This made me a bit sad. Nice place otherwise - close to the Fox theater. Didn't try any of the food, but it looks pretty good. Protip: grab a table and a drink!

6/10/2016

Ok, first of all, one of the bartenders are not very nice. Service is slow, and I'm not sure if it was the colour of my skin, or just lack of skill, but I didn't feel very welcomed. The girl, Molly was nice, and I appreciated her interaction. Also, it literally took 40 minutes on a not so busy night to get a grilled cheese sandwich (which I had tipped before getting it). I was so offended and turned off of my interaction, and the way the bar tender treated my fiend and I, I did not eat my food. I also love how the bartender commented "you know no body cares" while I wrote this review, and yes this comment was directed at me. HE WAS SO RUDE ! Won't recommend a place that doesn't care about their customers, just saying!

9/21/2016

One bartender huge bar, snotty service. Soup nazi without the remarkable soup. Un-Oakland bullshit.

1/22/2016

Meet my favorite cocktail bar in Oakland! I last ended up here after being booted out of Fauna. Oh, Fauna, when will you do something about your absurdly early last call times? We decided to head down the street and continue the festivities for my birthday.After getting a nice happy birthday wish from the doorman, we headed inside to grab some drinks. The cocktails here were, as usual, amazingly tasty and reasonably priced ($9 - $12). If memory serves me correct, I stuck with my favorites: Bee's Knees and Stones Throw. Hooray for ginger beer! And, hooray for cool bartenders too!It was just after midnight on a Wednesday night, so the place wasn't too crowded. Our group was able to secure a table, relax, and enjoy the rest of the night.Tip: This place is conveniently located nearby the 19th St Oakland BART station.Bonus Birthday Tip: There's a food stand about a block away with bacon-wrapped hot dogs! As if that wasn't enough, the woman running the stand is absolutely hilarious!

9/16/2016

I haven't been in a moment, but I used to go all the time after work when I worked in Oakland downtown.  They always had awesome and creative pickled food items, which I love.  The bartenders are experienced and professional.

12/4/2015

Dogwood is a solid bar in a happening stretch of town, right near the Fox Theatre where Telegraph branches off Broadway towards the north. There's a good variety of tasty cocktails to choose from, and the bartenders are knowledgeable and and friendly enough to make anything you want. What's more, there's a decent menu of munchies, like the totally delicious cubanito sandwich I tried. While the interior might feel a bit dark as you walk in, you'll adjust quickly to the cozy yet retro-sleek ambience. Also, you have to give the owners credit for sticking it out here over the years. Dogwood is located on such a busy street corner that drunk drivers have crashed into it twice, while rioters have also smashed the windows twice. Nevertheless, the area is on the way up and  the owners have bounced back each time. Judging by the healthy crowds this place gets, it looks like the community has embraced Dogwood as well.

10/12/2015

Came here before a show at the Fox Theater to grab a few drinks. The bees knees was sweet and yummy. It's dangerous because it really doesn't taste like alcohol at all. The 2nd cocktail I had (and the name I completely forgot) was described by the bartender as an adult version of an orange julius, and she was spot on. It was refreshing and the egg whites made it super rich and frothy. I tried a sip of what the bf drank (stones throw and farmer's daughter) and they were all good! Of course, we had to try the grilled cheese. And the reviews aren't kidding when they say it's BOMB DOT COM. Perfect to munch on with your drinks!! Buttery, cheesy goodness. It wasn't busy when we went so we were able to find seats and service was quick and friendly. I'll be back!

Grilled cheese Grilled cheese 8/29/2016

I normally like this place. Decent drinks and good grilled cheese. However, I'd left my credit card there during HH since I rushed off to BART without closing out. Totally my fault. Come Monday when I call to see if they have my card (I know they do since they closed the charge the day after), the bartender said he was too busy to check. I ask him again if he will since there's no sense in me walking there to get it if it's not there. He again says he's sorry, he's too busy. (Id like to take a moment and point out fact that he's was going to have to check for my card either way, it's either over the phone or when I get to the bar.) Regardless, he was kind of a dick about it. So I have no choice but to walk to the bar. I get there 4 min later and it's EMPTY. What a dick. Busy my ass. Thanks for the stellar customer service.1 star for customer service. 4 stars for drinks and food.

4/29/2015

$5 for a delicious, buttery, perfectly pressed grilled cheese. The option to add sundried tomato, basil, and mushrooms. Little cornichons on the side. Mustard (the good stuff, mind you, none of that French's yellow) provided without asking. Dogwood literally served me my dream sandwich on a plate. If that isn't culinary inception, I don't know what is. As for cocktails, they are creative, tasty, and strong. I love the Brooklyn, and the Bees Knees is, well, the BEES KNEES. It's true you may have to wait - Dogwood can be packed late at night, and usually have just one bartender during happy hours/early evening. I hate waiting, but if I had to wait, there's nowhere I'd rather hang around than a converted apothecary/pharmacy where the smell of grilled cheese permeates every corner.

11/20/2015

The intoxicating smell of grilled sandwiches fill the air when you walk into this establishment, sadly I was not able to sample any of there sandwiches, just had a drink from there neighbor then walked over to sit down, I will be back to sample some of there grilled sandwiches, from what I can see, prosciutto, bacon, and several other meats are available. must come back and sample some of there sandwiches

4/25/2016

I stopped in just for a drink and had a decent time. At Dogwood you'll find dim lighting, craft cocktails, and a typical chill Oakland crowd. It's connected to another bar in the same building. I didn't get to try any of the food but after finishing my drink I stumbled to a poutine truck outside. Definitely not a bad place to have on a bar-hopping list.

8/3/2016

$10 cocktails but they were only half a glass full and warm. The pickles were mushy. The pickle plate is huge, but who wants even more of yesterday's pickles? The bartender wouldn't make the cocktail I ordered because he "didn't feel like walking downstairs" to get the necessary ingredients.

2/1/2016

I think the bar is ok.  I've been here many times so obviously it is good enough to come back to.  The reason for the two stars is that I've just experienced way better.  When I think about Dogwood, I think about a place that is just like any 'ol Mission hipster bar in the City but trying to not be that way because it is very "Oakland and proud" but, nonetheless, is just like a Mission hipster bar in the city.  The well drinks are watered down but the cocktails are good (and overpriced, just like any Mission hipster bar). Except therein lies the problem, this is Oakland, not the City, so the bar would be better just being Oakland.I have found the bartenders to range from being very friendly to ratchet ... who would have thought?  Also, any bartender that doesn't know what is in a Cape Cod should not be working as a bartender (IMHO).I'm a fan of the grilled cheese and cheese/meat plates which I do like and appreciate.  I'm sure I'll be back to this bar at some point but this isn't really a place I care to go to on the regular.

6/25/2016

This place was fine. We stopped by before a Tuesday night show at the Fox. It was relatively empty. Some pros: Close to public transportation (1 min walk from BART) & good house specialty cocktails. Some cons: The grilled cheese sandwiches were nice but a tad on the greasy side, and took a bit long to come from the kitchen. Bartenders seemed overworked and rushed. There are quite a few bars in the area so I would hop around and see which one you like. This one's ambience was chill and comfortable, but if you're in it for food and/or want quick service maybe check elsewhere.

1/4/2016

Drinks were decent, a little slow on service.  A bit pricey.Would have given a better review if they had not doubled the tip i originally gave them .  Be careful with using your credit card here.

6/9/2015

Had a nice, low-key evening at Dogwood on a Monday night!  I came out to Oakland from SF to meet a friend, and loved that this place was a block away from the 19th St Oakland BART station.I ordered a grilled cheese with tomato and basil, and it was absolutely delicious!  I also enjoyed my ginger beer cocktail, as well as a glass of wine.The service was very friendly, though we did have to go up to the bar to place our orders.The place wasn't too loud or busy on a Monday night, which made it a great atmosphere for catching up with an old friend.The prices are reasonable too!

1/10/2016

I always enjoy my time here! Can't say enough great things about this spot. First off, it's close to Bart so that's always a plus. I came in last night and asked the bartender what she would recommend because I was looking to drink something fruity. She asked about my favorite flavors and put together a drink just for me. Now that's some good service right there! Very chill environment and they play good music! Can't go wrong with a little TLC 'Creep' on a Saturday night!

5/8/2015 Updated review

I have visited this place many times, but I can't find myself to give a review. I feel the place is too pretentious, pricy, and unfriendly bartender. The only redeeming quality of the place is the grilled cheese. Not to mention very cramp.I have since changed my mind. I like the expansion and the food window. More room, feel more friendly, and It feel more accepting. Though, I was a bit tipsy because it was birthday. I may have to check back again to give another try.

5/7/2015 Previous review I have visited this place many times, but I can't find myself to give a review. I feel the place is… I have visited this place many times, but I can't find myself to give a review. I feel the place is too pretentious, pricy, and unfriendly bartender. The only redeeming quality of the place is the grilled cheese. Not to mention very cramp.I have since changed my mind. I like the expansion and the food window. More room, feel more friendly, and It feel more accepting. Though, I was a bit tipsy because it was birthday. I may have to check back again to give another try. Read more 4/8/2016

This place is ok if you don't mind paying those "new Oakland" prices and rub shoulders with the sf crowd, ooops, I mean new Oakland crowd that has taken over Downtown Oakland..Service used to be pretty good but is now pretty bad, don't think I'll be returning anytime soon.

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