North Light is a friendly little cocktail bar in Oakland, California. We have an airy back patio, tasty food, and a bookstore curated by some of our favorite writers and artists (Samin Nosrat, Patti Smith, George Saunders, Michael Chabon, and many others). Come visit!

Read co-owner Dan Stone’s article in California Sunday Magazine about what it takes to keep a bar alive during a pandemic.


Our patio is now open with safety measures in place. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Cocktails, books, records, bottles, and food—what else do you need? Masks and social distancing are required at pickup. Thanks!



While we’re not hosting private events at the moment, we would still love to hear from you about a future event you might be planning. In normal times, our patio is available for parties. It seats 32; 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. We’d be happy to discuss details and put a hold on a date. Give us a shout at


If there’s something you like or don’t like, or something you wish we had, give us a shout at 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.


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 & Lugstar Industries, casework & built-ins
Said-Jon Eghbal, architect
Jill Rosenthal, designer
Pat Spurgeon, record shop guru
Alexandra Posey & Madi Giovina, bookshop mgmt
Carolyn Tawasha, attorney
Laurie Aaronson, consultant
Carrie Peters, ABC License Company