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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tacos, Tequila, and a Trim: The Hive's First Friday Block Party

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Uptown Oakland’s First Fridays are a venerable tradition that stretches all the way back to…sometime earlier in this millennium. But its fortunes have risen right along with Oakland’s, and August’s iteration looks to be a particularly good one now that the Hive is throwing a block party.

Drake’s Brewery, People’s Barber Shop, and the not-yet-open-but-almost Calavera are teaming up with Alphabet Soup to keep you well-fed, grooving, and possibly a little more gorgeous than when you stepped out of the house.

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Although the pre-Columbian Mexican restaurant isn’t formally open for business, that’s not stopping Calavera from serving esquites (grilled corn with lime mayo, queso fresco and chile Piquin) from its patio. If you’d rather some ceviche, it’s made with halibut, salsa mexicana, and toasted hominy, and there will be carnitas tacos, as well (they’re made with Schmitz Ranch slow-cooked baby pig, salsa cruda, and chicharones). Want a margarita with that? You can have one, and a bit of mezcal also. If you wander about a little, you’ll find that Drake’s will have a few beers on tap, plus some pizza inside the brewery, while People’s will be open until 10 p.m. for a shave-and-a-haircut.

We kind of couldn’t stop stuffing our faces with Calavera’s tacos at their pop-up last week, so this plug has a solid foundation in reality. This First Friday is going to be rad.

Hive Block Party, Friday, Aug. 7, 6:30-10 p.m., at the Hive, 2335 Broadway, Oakland.



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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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