north light  ˈnȯrth līt
1. the ideal light by which to create art; indirect light
2. the friendliest all-day bar and kitchen, with a specially curated book and record shop, at 4915 TELEGRAPH AVENUE, Oakland 94609



We’ve put together this special takeout menu of booze, books, and pizza kits to make your quarantine a little happier. The process is simple: Use the form below to select your items and place your order. Once we receive it, we’ll email you a final invoice with payment instructions, and then your order will be ready for pickup at 4915 Telegraph, Oakland 94609, at the time you select. Please know that we are taking safety precautions very seriously—only two staff members are allowed in our space, only after passing temperature checks, and always wearing gloves and masks; everything is regularly cleaned and disinfected; and pickups will be arranged for zero contact. As much as we can’t wait to welcome you back inside, no guests will puncture the space until we get clearance from health and government officials.
  • Cocktails

  • Blanco tequila, lime, orange curaçao. Shake it if you can, or just pour over ice. Makes 3 drinks.
    Price: $25.00 Quantity:
  • Banks 5 Island rum, Royal Standard, lime, demerara. This recipe is for the blender. Experiment with the amount of ice. Makes 2 shamelessly large drinks.
    Price: $25.00 Quantity:
  • Bourbon, pamplemousse, bitters. Our house old fashioned is now your house old fashioned. Boozy & dry, with a touch of grapefruit. Makes 4 drinks.
    Price: $30.00 Quantity:
  • Two London dry gins, French vermouth, olives or lemon twists or both (please specify in the “Order Notes" field below). It's already properly stirred, so keep it in your freezer until you’re ready, then pour into a frozen glass and enjoy. Makes 3 drinks.
    Price: $30.00 Quantity:
  • Mezcal, Italian vermouths, coffee liqueur. Delicious over ice and also great out of the freezer as a shot. Makes 2 drinks.
    Price: $24.00 Quantity:
  • Is there’s something special you've been craving? Dying for a Rob Roy? A crisp Alaska? A Penicillin? Let us know in the “Order Notes” section below, and we'll contact you to make it happen.
    Price: $0.00 Quantity:
  • Campari, lemon, vermouths, bénédictine, tonic. Pour into a glass, top with ice, and fill with the provided tonic. Garnish with orange disc. Makes 3 drinks.
    Price: $24.00 Quantity:
  • Bourbon, campari, dry vermouth, salt. Over ice or served up right out of the freezer. Makes 3 drinks.
    Price: $24.00 Quantity:
  • Vodka, lime, house ginger syrup, bottled sparkling water. Simply pour over ice (crushed, if available) and top with sparkling water. Refreshing for these sunny days. Makes 4 drinks.
    Price: $32.00 Quantity:
  • Full bottle of Aperol (750 ml), a bottle Mercat Cava (750 ml), a bottle Topo Chico, olives and oranges for garnish. Makes 12 drinks.
    Price: $45.00 Quantity:
  • Red & white wines, rum, berries, citrus. Makes 3 drinks.
    Price: $21.00 Quantity:
  • Mezcal, Aperol, aloe, citrus, ginger, soda. A single cocktail.
    Price: $12.00 Quantity:
  • Reposado tequila, lime, cassis, heat, soda. A single cocktail.
    Price: $10.00 Quantity:
  • Food (By Peter Hughes)

  • Everything you need to assemble your own pepperoni pizza— Peter's dough, sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. Enough for two personal pizzas or one large.
    Price: $20.00 Quantity:
  • Everything you need to assemble your own margherita pizza— Peter's dough, sauce, and cheese. Add some basil leaves, if you have them handy. Enough for two personal pizzas or one large.
    Price: $16.00 Quantity:
  • We asked some favorite writers and musicians to curate our shelves. We’re starting with selections by Patti Smith, Samin Nosrat, and George Saunders, along with a range of new releases and recent award-winners. We’ll add new curators regularly. Please note below which titles you’d like to add to your order. Reference our book menu
  • We’re offering full bottles of wine and spirits for sale, as well as a selection of beers. Reference our full beverage menu
  • Your Information

  • Once your order has been processed, we'll generate an invoice. Please wait to receive the invoice, then submit payment via Venmo (preferred method): @North-Light (last 4 digits: 8869) or you can use PayPal: Please include your invoice number with your payment. We’ll then email you confirmation with pick-up instructions. Questions? Write to us at


We asked some favorite writers and musicians to curate our offerings. Here are selections by Patti Smith, Samin Nosrat, and George Saunders, along with a range of new releases and recent award-winning books. We’ll add new curators regularly.

selections by patti smith

• Just Kids (Illustrated Edition), by Patti Smith, $39.99
• M Train by Patti Smith, $16
• Year of the Monkey, by Patti Smith, $24.95
• Devotion: Why I Write, by Patti Smith, $18
• No Longer Human, by Osamu Dazai, $13.95
• The Glass Bead Game, by Hermann Hesse, $21
• Villette, by Charlotte Bronte, $25
• Dora Bruder, by Patrick Modiano, $19.95
• An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter, by Cesar Aires, $15
• The Process, by Brion Gysin, $16.95
• The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne, $8
• Astragal, by Albertine Sarrazin, $15.95
• The Death of Virgil, by Hermann Broch, $21
Frankenstein (Penguin clothbound edition), by Mary Shelley, $23
• Wittgenstein’s Poker, by David Edmonds and John Eidinow, $13.99
• A Happy Death, by Albert Camus, $16
• The Death of Ivan Ilyich, by Leo Tolstoy, $12
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, by Heinrich Boll, $16.00

selections by george saunders

• Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, $17
• Tenth of December, by George Saunders, $17
• Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (hardcover), by Ibram X. Kendi, $32.99
• Silences
, by Tillie Olsen, $13
• Words Without Music, by Philip Glass, $17.95
• The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, $14.95
• The Death of Truth, by Michiko Kakutani, $22
• Patriotic Gore, by Edmund Wilson, $37.95
• Dispatches, by Michael Herr, $15.95
• The Distance Home, by Paula Saunders, $27
• In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, by Tobias Wolff, $16.99
• Hope Against Hope, by Nadezhda Mandelstam, $23
• The Essential Fictions, by Isaac Babel (new translations by Val Vinokur), $21.95
• Resurrection, by Leo Tolstoy, $22.95
• Boss, by Mike Royko, $17

selections by samin nosrat

Salt Fat Acid Heat, by Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton, $37.50
• Prints from Salt Fat Acid Heat, by Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton, $20
• Six Seasons, by Joshua McFadden with Martha Holmberg, $35
• Gran Cocina Latina, by Maricel E. Presilla, $49.95
• The Ethnic Restaurateur, by Krishnendu Ray, $29.95
• On Food and Cooking, by Harold McGee, $40
• Wild Raspberries, by Andy Warhol and Suzie Frankfurt, $125
• Building Houses Out of Chicken Legs: Black Women, Food, and Power, by Psyche A. Williams-Forson, $32.50
• Climbing the Mango Trees: A Memoir of a Childhood in India, by Madhur Jaffrey, $15.95
• Vibration Cooking: Or, the Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl, by Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, $24.95
• Edna Lewis: At the Table with an American Original, by Sara Franklin, $28
• Repertoire: All the Recipes You Need, by Jessica Battilana, $32
• Honey from a Weed, by Patience Gray, $39.95
• Hippie Food, by Jonathan Kauffman, $26.99
• Season, by Nik Sharma, $39.95
• Sister Pie, by Lisa Ludwinski, $25
• The Cooking Gene, by Michael Twitty, $28.99
• You and I Eat the Same, by Chris Ying, $19.95
• My Bombay Kitchen, by Niloufer Ichaporia King, $39.95
The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen, by Sean Sherman with Beth Dooley, $34.95

new releases & award winners

• How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, $27
• The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai, $27
Thick, by Tressie McMillan Cottom, $15.99
• Let’s Go (So We Can Get Back), by Jeff Tweedy, $28
• The Water Dancer, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, $28
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong, $26.00
• The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, $24.95
• How We Fight for Our Lives: A Memoir, by Saeed Jones, $26
• Lost Children Archive, by Valeria Luiselli, $27.95
• Kudos, by Rachel Cusk, $26
• How Money Became Dangerous, by Christopher Varelas and Dan Stone, $29.99
The Phantom Twin, by Lisa Brown, $24.99
• Boys and Sex, by Peggy Orenstein, $28.99
• Crossing, by Pajtim Statovci, $25.95
• “i”: New and Selected Poems, by Toi Derricotte, $29.95
• What You Have Heard is True, by Carolyn Forché, $28
• Tomorrow I’ll Be Kind, by Jessica Hische, $17.99
• Flights, by Olga Tokarczuk, $17
• Death is Hard Work, by Khaled Khalifa, $25
• The Barefoot Woman, by Scholastique Mukasonga, $16
• Baron Wenckheim’s Homecoming, by László Krasznahorkai, $29.95
• Solitary, by Albert Woodfox with Leslie George, $26


We’re offering our everyday bottles of wine and booze, a selection of beers, and we’ve also opened our vault of higher-end spirits.

beer and cider

Almanac Sunshine & Opportunity Sour (4x16oz) $16
Pacific Coast Cider (4x16oz) $14
Fort Point KSA Kolsch (6x12oz) $14
Fort Point Villager IPA (6x12oz) $14
Golden State Hibiscus Cider (4x16oz) $12
Tecate (1x12oz) $1.50
Tecate (30x12oz) $35


Hangar One (liter) $41
Ketel One (liter) $39
Tito’s (liter) $38


Beefeater (liter) $28
Bulldog (liter) $27
Bimini Barrel Reserve No. 1 (750ml) $40
Four Pillars Navy Strength (750ml) $45
Hayman’s Old Tom (750ml) $29
Junipero (750ml) $26
Plymouth Navy Strength (750ml) $35
St. George Terroir (750ml) $34
Tanqueray (liter) $36


Alipus Ensamble San Andreas (750ml) $70
Alipus San Luis Del Rio (750ml) $51
Alipus San Juan (750ml) $40
Del Maguey Vida (750ml) $30
Del Maguey Chichicapa (750ml) $76
El Jolgorio Pechuga (750ml) $134
La Venenosa Raicilla (750ml) $61
Madre Mezcal (750ml) $47
Metiche Salmiana (750ml) $45
Mezcal Machetazo Cupreata (750ml) $39
Nuestra Soledad San Luis (750ml) $42
Por Siempre Sotol (750ml) $41
Rayu (liter) $31
Siembre Metl Cupreata (750ml) $75
Yuu Ball Joven Espadin 96 proof (liter) $47


Angelisco Blanco (750ml) $36
Angelisco Reposado (750ml) $49
Espolon Blanco (liter) $28
Espolon Reposado (liter) $30
Fortaleza Blanco (750ml) $47
Fortaleza Anejo (750ml) $84
Lunazul Reposado (liter) $22
Siete Leguas Plata (750ml) $45
Siete Leguas Reposado (750ml) $52
Tequila Ocho Plata (750ml) $34
Tequila Ocho Reposado (750ml) $34


Aperol (750ml) $24
Averna (liter) $32
Campari (750ml) $36
CioCiaro (750ml) $26
Cynar (liter) $29
Fernet Branca (750ml) $31
Inferno Bitter (750ml) $36
Lucano (750ml) $33
Montenegro (750ml) $42
Suze (750ml) $35


Ancho Reyes Chile (750ml) $36
Ancho Reyes Verde (750ml) $36
Benedictine (750ml) $50
Chareau Aloe (750ml) $37
Green Chartreuse (750ml) $70
Dolin Dry (750ml) $20
Dolin Rouge (750ml) $20


Lightwell Riesling / Petit Manseng (750ml) $25
Sclavos Alchymysite (750ml) $18
Troupis Moschofilero (750ml) $19
Weingut Elbling (liter) $18
Wenzlau Chardonnay (750ml) $31
Zestos Rose of Garnacha (750ml) $16

Cleto Chiarli Lambrusco (750ml) $18
Mercat Cava (750ml) $14
Onward Pet Nat of Malvasia (750ml) $26
Sorgente Prosecco (750ml) $17

Accoles Rendez-vous Acolytes — funky Grenache (750ml) $20
Bergerac Rouge Albert (750ml) $22
Borell Diehl Pinot Noir (750ml) $19
Dme. de la Bergerie Cab Franc (750ml) $21
Elena Walch Lagrein (750ml) $19
Milou Rouge — GSM (750ml) $17
Niepoort Rotulu Touriga Nacional (750ml) $19
Pas de l’Escalette Rhone Blend (750ml) $31

scotch & irish

Craigellachie 13 year (750ml) $61
Famous Grouse (liter) $30
Glendronach 12 year (750ml) $59
Glen Grant 15 year (750ml) $72
Highland Park Magnus (750ml) $38
Laphroaig Quarter Cask (750ml) $62
St. George Single Malt (750ml) $102
Talisker 10 year (750ml) $59
Teeling Sm. Batch Irish Whiskey (750ml) $36


Banks 5 Island (750ml) $28
Cruzan Blackstrap (liter) $28
Diplomatico Reserva (750ml) $45
Don Q Anejo (liter) $27
El Dorado 12 year (750ml) $41
Pampero Anniversario (750ml) $42
Plantation OFTD Overproof (liter) $37
Plantation Pineapple (750ml) $31
Rhum Clement (750ml) $35
Rhum JM (750ml) $35
Royal Standard (liter) $26
Smith & Cross (750) $37
Wray & Nephew Overproof (liter) $34


Old Overholt BIB (liter) $32
Rittenhouse (750ml) $28
Russell’s Reserve 6 year (750ml) $42
Templeton 4 year (liter) $47
Whistlepig 10 year (750ml) $86
Whistlepig Piggy Back 6 year (750ml) $33
Wilderness Trail Rye (750ml) $43
Wright & Brown Rye (750ml) $65


Basil Hayden (750ml) $47
Buffalo Trace (liter) $38
Dickel #8 (750) $26
Eagle Rare (750ml) $33
Home Base (750ml) $47
Jack Daniels (liter) $38
Russell’s Reserve 10 year (750ml) $39
Wild Turkey Rare Breed (750ml) $54
Woodford Reserve (liter) $45
Wright & Brown Bourbon (750ml) $63


Hennessy XO ((750ml) $218
Park Borderies (750ml) $60
Fumus Pumila Apple (750ml) $38

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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