The Trappist


96 Ratings
The TrappistThe Trappist

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

460 8th St
Oakland, California, 94607-3935
United States

(510) 238-8900 | map

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Added by nahthan on 12-07-2007

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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

A really narrow place with a window overlooking 8th Street on the right facing side and a tall, narrow door on the left facing side. Entering, black and white honeycomb patterned tiles lined the floor and the left wall was exposed brick with a shelf of spent beers in the overhead. The short, dark wood, "L"-shaped bar ran along the right side with three sets of Belgium draft towers on the bar, glassware hanging from overhead shelves, and another series of spent bottles on a high shelf. The lavs were 7/8 of the way aft, followed by an archway into a small seating area. The lights were dim, the music was low-key, the glassware was matched to each brewery and style, there were no dart boards, pool tables, or T.V. monitors. Very contemplative and my kind of place. Lots of Belgian signage throughout. It was very reminiscent of numerous European beer bars that I have visited over the years.

Beers: They have a "Beer Bible", which is a bound volume which not only lists their offerings and their prices ($$), but it also explains why Westvleteren is not offered. 15 on-tap and around 150 bottles. They definitely know their beer at this place and unlike some finer beer bars that I have visited, they are helpful and customer friendly.

They also offer a monthly Belgian Beer School series.

Mom? Probably not. Too dark and really focused on beer.

My reaction: In Oakland?!? On 8th Street?!? WTF, over? VERY impressive. Now, if they could just elevate the restaurants of the neighborhood.... Also, why didn't any of this exist from 1987 to 1989? Grrrr.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of frasergrove
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Mburk
4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I started frequenting this place when I moved to the East Bay about a year ago and keep coming back because of the vibe, the people, and the beer. The bar is beautiful with old dark wood and bottles lining the shelves. The bar tenders are always willing to talk about the beer they serve and the selection is like none other in the East Bay. They always have at least half a dozen beers you won't find anywhere else in the Bay Area. Highly recommended if you visit the the area!

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Photo of tshanahan
4.85/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.64/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of TECHjoey
4.08/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of barleywin
4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Goalcam
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

The big problem here is they tap-out early. Need to replace kegs more frequently or cross off what's out.

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Photo of fishthe
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of NavyGoat
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Found this establishment via Beer Advocate and what a find! Very cool place and a nice beer selection. The staff was cool to talk to and I had the "Sump" while I was there which was fantastic! Both my buddy and I felt that if you are coming to Oakland, you must stop at the Trappist !!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.99/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of mxchap
3.62/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Another great beer bar in downtown oakland.
Always have some interesting beers on tap.
A little on the pricier side, and service is at times questionable.

Vibe [4.25]: Dark and mysterious. Two separate bars (although you can order from either bar and they will bring you your beer). And a great little outdoor area in the back.
Quality [4.0]: Always a great pour here and they have an extensive glassware selection. The price is more than most places (~$8 for a typical pour). High bottle prices plus corkage. I would stick to the draft menu.
Service [2.5]: Typically the service is ok. Never had a great experience here, but definitely have had some terrible experiences. Depends on who is behind the bar...
Selection [4.0]: Always a really nice/diverse tap list. Not as much rotation as you'd expect for how many taps they have though. The bottle list is nice, but typically out-dated.
Food [NA]: Haven't tried the food, so no opinion here.

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Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Pretty cool spot for nice imported beers. Usually 1-2 really good local brews. Seems pricey at times. Crowd is a little bit of the "new" craft crowd. I think they do a good job with the variety on tap. Arugula salad is nice.

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Photo of avwrite
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of spycow
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of peterlovesemail
4.56/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of comand
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mike312
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Imo an unparalleled number of spurs, wilds, and Belgians on tap. A must if youre nearby.

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Photo of Nbdreher
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jwhe
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of snowmageddon
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of TommyTheCat
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ronricorossi
5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

The original good-beer spot in the East Bay. Plus...Horseshoe shape! Mood lighting! Wood paneling! Fabulous events! Taco Tuesdays! Wow!

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The Trappist in Oakland, CA
4.42 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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