Cato’s Ale House (MacArthur)

Cato’s Ale House serves food, soju cocktails, wines and most important, a generous assortment of good local and regional craft beers on tap. It’s fun to look out on cheerful Piedmont Avenue from the window of this friendly pub.

Extras: Piedmont Avenue is a nice area for strolling.  However, see the note below about walking in the MacArthur area. You may decide to catch a shuttle or take a cab.
3891 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland (510) 655-3349

Map to Cato’s from BART

half a milehalf a milehalf a milehalf a mileWalking from BART: Go east out of BART on 40th Street. Continue across Telegraph, cross Broadway, then go over a small hill to Howe Street, jog left, then right again on 40th Street one more block to Piedmont Avenue. Turn right to go to 3891 Piedmont.

Would you walk a mile for a beer? Cato’s is more than 10 blocks east of MacArthur BART – a BART station which has seen late night crime – way over on upscale Piedmont Avenue. While many people walk in this part of town, this route is clearly not the most scenic walk in Oakland, and it may be rather desolate after dark. You might want to walk it by daylight, and then take a cab or a bus back to BART later. If you are set on walking, consider walking a little farther by going north and returning via BART from Rockridge station on College Avenue.

Reader tip, from Ed: “The free Kaiser Permanente shuttle from the MacArthur BART station to the Oakland Kaiser Permanente Medical Center makes it even easier. It runs every 15 minutes until 9 pm and stops a short way away.

Official MacArthur station and more connecting transit Info


  1. On a chilly night Cato’s is warm and comfortable, often full of neighbors, friends, families, and has a very good beer list. If you want food with your beer, you order it separately from a window and they will bring it to your table. There are coffee shops, and ice cream shop, and other stores of interest on Piedmont too.


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