My office is probably the least competitive out of all the offices in our organization. We don't particularly like playing games and would much rather chat by the food table than expend energy trying to win staff bonding exercises.
And yet, my office wins a lot. Especially the cash prizes. We knew we wanted to spend the money on a celebration for HA's BIA accreditation, but we couldn't cement a date or a location for months. By the time we finally decided on Lake Chalet, we had accumulated up to $200 in prize money.
It was a beautiful summer day when our entire office including our interns trooped over to Lake Chalet and claimed a corner of the dock:
While everyone else perused the happy hour drink menu, I focused on the food. We got the wings, which came in a spicy buffalo sauce and had smoked bleu cheese on the side ($8):
We also ordered the fried calamari with salt and vinegar aioli ($8):
And the sweet potato fries ($4):
I can't say how good the drinks are as I only had water, but I can say that the food was alright. Not crazy good, but I doubt anyone really goes to happy hour at Lake Chalet and sits on the dock for the food. It's all about the semi-swanky atmosphere, the view of Lake Merritt, and the company.
If you're looking for a happy hour venue that allows you to chill for a long period of time and sit virtually right on the lake, Lake Chalet is the place for you. Its happy hour is every weekday from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and from 9:00 pm to closing.
Here's a warning for those of you who plan on going in a large group: those umbrellas on the dock are HEAVY. Be careful when you move them and the tables. Also, don't expect service on the dock. You're going to have to walk inside to place your order at the bar and you may have to bring your own drinks back outside too.
It might not be the most delicious or the cheapest happy hour in Oakland, but there's no other place with that kind of view. If you're lucky, you'll even get to see a gondolier take his customers out onto the lake in a gondola.
We strained our ears, but we couldn't hear any singing. Sigh.
1520 Lakeside Dr
Oakland, CA 94612