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by Andy Ritchie



2442a Webster Street
Oakland, 94612

(510) 238-1100


There’s a new mutant in town. MUA is altogether a bar, restaurant, and lounge with an occasional dance floor, and it’s currently the toast of Oakland nightlife to these eyes. (It’s also my local, so sprinkle salt at your leisure.) Now, I can’t tell you about the food: I haven’t plucked from the restaurant menu, aside from some cold mac & cheese dashed to me by the fair bartendress Erica (generosity and pity in one swift act). What I can tell you about is Happy Hour beer as cheap as $1.50, from 4:30-6:00 pm M-F. There are 30 or so varieties of beer, mostly bottled, favoring a Belgian influence. There’s a lot of wine that’s probably good but is, let’s say, cost-prohibitive. The ambience is free though, even to the dude who strolls in nightly to charitably remove a clinking bag of empties. The setting is warehouse chic—just made that up—with the owner’s Basquiat-like paintings on wood and tasteful *ahem* Swedish furnishings filling out the interior. Trust me, I know IKEA when I see it.  But guess what? MUA has a pretty, new mutant head: a gallery. And will wonders never cease? Petra Bibeau curated the inaugural show costarring a couple of current Maniacs, amongst others. Incest! Congratulations, Ms. Bibeau, you win the Daily Double!

--Andy Ritchie

(*Image, MUA, photo by Fatemeh.)

Posted by Andy Ritchie on 1/12/09

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