Degrees Plato is a locally-owned independent beer pub in Oakland’s Laurel District. 

This “third space” community gathering place is focused on offering the neighborhood an inviting atmosphere that brings the people together over high-quality, specialty brewer-focused craft beer and a casual dining experience highlighting the fresh ingredients of Oaxaca Mexico. Pick up a bottle to go or sit and have a beer and a bite. 



Husband-and-wife team Rich Allen and Mercedes Sperling, along with their son, Thorian, live just blocks away in the neighborhood. Rich and Mercedes envision Degrees Plato as a safe and inviting space for families to sit and enjoy a meal and a beer.

Rich and Mercedes fell in love with the Laurel and feel fortunate for their great neighbors and a supportive community. As members of the Laurel’s community fabric, they see Degrees Plato as a positive addition to a walkable, bikeable, and increasingly vibrant neighborhood.