Daytrip Natural Wine Bar and Restaurant opens on Thursdays in Temescal
With the arrival of Daytrip, Oakland’s trendy Temescal neighborhood just got a whole lot more funky. In a July interview with the Chronicle, co-owner Stella Dennig described the vibe of the wine bar and restaurant as a ‘drunken soft disco dinner’. Considering the literal disco ball marking the entrance to the bathroom; the myriad of funky and affordable wines; and the food menu that defies description almost, it looks like they’ve hit the mark.
Daytrip is slated to open fully to the public this Thursday, October 21, but tested the waters with a smooth opening over the weekend. The space is dynamic and welcoming, with large banquettes and tables and a lounge area fitted with modern 70s-inspired seating. A large, angular bar is the main feature of the space, and its multi-colored glass facade captures and reflects the setting sun, adding to that hazy disco vibe.
The well-organized wine corner is a vital part of the restaurant and manages to be both funky and accessible. Prices are listed for both retail and dinner (eliminating awkward surprises about corkage fees), and most bottles cost less than $ 60, many of which are between $ 35 and $ 45 for dinner – a real treat for those looking to expand their wine horizons without breaking the bank. There’s even a magnum of Beaujolais from winemaker Nathalie Banes for $ 68 – enough juice to really get the party started.
The offerings by the glass are equally thoughtful, with a highlight being a nutty and awesome red rice sake for $ 10. Denning and Daytrip co-owner and chef Finn Stern hired Jenny Eagleton (The Punchdown Natural Wine Bar) to oversee the beverage program. Eagleton looks forward to speaking with diners about his selections, and all staff are familiar with the list.
On the food side, the funk continues, with fermentation playing a key role in many dishes. The sourdough focaccia is served with olive oil sprinkled with various fruit vinegars, while the pasta shines with pumpkin miso, kelp, and poblano peppers. A redfish dip appetizer comes in like a tartare, topped with eggs and spicy Amanoya rice crackers.
Oakland certainly has no shortage of mission-oriented wine bars and exciting dining options, but Daytrip brings the two concepts together under one roof, creating an experience that can serve as either an intimate night out or a regular Friday outing with friends. Diners should expect a bit of funk, fun and go with the flow (disco).
Daytrip is located at 4316 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland and opens Thursday, October 21. Hours of operation will be 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more information and updates, follow Day trip on Instagram.