Fauna: Where to Valentine, What to Wear


If you want to have a cozy Valentine’s Day with your honey and the occasion’s concrete and stark, prix fixe menus around town make you exceptionally nervous, then a visit to Fauna will make your heart beat. Located in a gorgeous midnight blue tile-clad building in Uptown Oakland, this intimate bar shares a doorway and the art-deco space with sister restaurant, Flora. Its unfussy yet refined fare is perfect for a fun night. Keep reading to see what to order, what to wear, and why you’ll re-think ever going to a long dinner for Valentine’s Day again!

If it were to be named Fauna, then it probably always had to have taxidermy. Either embrace or ignore the mounted friends about, and focus on the moody burgundy striped walls with a fun drink in hand.

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What to Drink:  Be festive and start with a Bianco Martini, a mixture of gin, bianco vermouth and apricot liquor, or a Jackie Rose, made with grenadine, genever, bitters and apple brandy. Then move on to a Fort Point Westfalia or Copain Chardonnay.

What to Eat: When the elevated grilled cheese has truffled pecorino, the only thing to wonder is if you should share. Save sharing for the side of fries and also the shrimp cocktail. For dessert? The salted caramel pudding or chocolate truffle tart with cookie crumble crust!

What to Wear:



This sandwashed silk blouse, in a sultry cabernet red hue, with subtle keyhole details on the neckline was made to be worn on a Valentine’s date night.

Who doesn’t want longer legs? Have legs for days in these high waisted black denim jeans!

When night time, reach for thicker and chunkier jewelry. We love this wave cuff in brass that doesn’t get lost in the dark, but still is inline with a minimal look.

While prepping for date night, don’t forget to apply a quick clay mask to exfoliate your skin leaving it extra smooth.

This volumizing mascara is made of 60% organic ingredients with phyto-pigments and minerals for healthy, thick and flirty lashes.

With a blend of anti-oxidant acai and sweet goji berries, this conditioning lip color in Fig is totally kissable!

A classic leather motorcycle jacket adds a bit of sexy and a lot of edge to a flirty ensemble. We love the contrast in styles.

This bright, herbaceous fragrance by Fiele Fragrances has subtle notes of grapefruit and bergamot for an easy-loving scent. It’s also made in the USA!

A sweet diamond necklace found at Sarah Swell’s Sausalito shop is all you need to add a little glitz to your neckline and dress up your look.

Finish your V-Day look with these almond-toe suede flats. They have mini stud detailing and a flattering ankle strap, making them festive and luxurious in the most subtle way!


Images by Lauren Andersen for 24 East


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