WELCOME

Located in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, North Light is a cozy all-day spot—a café by day and a bar by night. Whether you want a place to work, get your morning coffee, meet a friend for an afternoon drink, write the next great American novel, have a date night, sit alone in a corner with a book, meet a stranger, or eat a meal at any time of day, North Light is your joint. We have a sunny back patio, as well as an intimate book and record shop curated by some of the best living writers, musicians, and artists. Our food is light, fresh, and Mediterranean-inspired; our drinks are ambitious but approachable; and our staff is the sweetest in the business. We look forward to seeing you soon!

HOURS

Open 7am to midnight, every day but Monday

ADDRESS

4915 Telegraph, Oakland 94609

CONTACT

hello@northlight.bar

BOOKS & RECORDS

For North Light’s bookshop, we asked some of our favorite writers, musicians, and artists to select the inventory. Special shelves have been curated by Patti Smith, Michael Chabon, George Saunders, Samin Nosrat, Rebecca Solnit, Juan Felipe Herrera, Tommy Orange, Kay Ryan, Tobias Wolff, Maureen Corrigan, Robert Pinsky, Ayelet Waldman, Daniel Handler, Lisa Brown, Michael Pollan, Pico Iyer, Wendy MacNaughton, Greil Marcus, Dana Gioia, Michael Ondaatje, Jim White, and we’re adding new curators regularly.

Our record store is organized into 9 drawers, each focused on a different artist and 3 degrees of their connections, collaborations, and influences. For example, 3 degrees of The Beatles, which includes 50 or so records of pop and rock by various artists, as seen through the lens of The Beatles. Other drawers are focused on the worlds of Aretha Franklin, Grandmaster Flash, Robert Johnson, Iggy Pop, Dolly Parton, Duke Ellington, and Rogue Wave.

DETAILS

We do not accept reservations, however we do have one booth on our patio that can snugly seat 8. If you’re interested in reserving this—for 6 or more people—please email us at hello@northlight.bar as far in advance as possible, and we’ll do what we can to save it for you.
Our patio is available for parties. It seats roughly 25; more for a standing affair. We can work with you on a special menu and playlist for your party—birthdays, holidays, book releases, record releases, rehearsal dinners, small weddings, anniversaries, whatever. It’s also possible to do a full-venue buyout for your event.

FEEDBACK

If there’s something you like or don’t like, or something you wish we had, give us a shout at hello@northlight.bar. We’re all about communication. We live in the neighborhood and love our community and want everyone to be happy, or at least to pursue happiness.

THANKS

Many talented and lovely people helped us create North Light. Here are some of them:

Jessica Hische, identity and design
Brandon Herring, logo concept
The Savage Bureau, website
Stephen Swinstrom, casework & built-ins
Said-Jon Eghbal, architect
Jill Rosenthal, designer
Pat Spurgeon, record shop guru
Alexandra Posey, bookshop commandant
Carolyn Tawasha, attorney
Laurie Aaronson, consultant
Carrie Peters, ABC License Company