1807 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94612 +1 510 302 2250
The Fox Theater in Oakland is a one-of-a-kind live entertainment venue that has been packing in cinema and music lovers since 1928. Originally a movie theater and theater, the venue switched to being primarily a cinema until 1966 when it finally closed its doors along with several other businesses in downtown Oakland. It was nearly demolished after it had been vacant for some time; however, the Fox Theater avoided demolition when it was declared an Oakland City Landmark. The venue reopened in February 2009 as a concert hall and music venue; it has a complete re-imagined decor with giant golden Buddhas and Middle Eastern architecture. The venue is general admission (standing room) on the ground level and stadium seating on the upper levels.
1900 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94612 +1 510 286 0100
Flora, housed in a beautiful old art-deco building in Downtown Oakland is a wonderful mixture of casual comfort and elegance. A sort of upscale diner type theme, Flora conjures up "New American" cuisine, Bay Area style. With dishes on the changing menu like wild arugula and frisee with salt-cured duck liver and caramelized sugar plums, to more traditional diner items with a twist, like a House Ground Caramelized Onion and Chuck Burger with Fries and a Blue Cheese Salad, Flora is sure to twist your notions of what a diner ought to be. Don't miss out on cocktails either, Flora serves up serious, original drinks, and even does Absinthe the old fashioned way. There is also a comprehensive wine list.
The Historic Sweets Ballroom is a great venue for arts and entertainment shows and performances. Quality acts are just made better with the Ballrooms excellent sound system, space, with high ceilings, great fixtures and lighting, even a little fog-machine action and disco lights for that glitzy effect! The bartenders throw up a great cocktail too, so this can't go wrong as a venue for dances, proms, acts, performances and the like.
1928 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94612 +1 510 451 8100
Among the discount hair supply stores and gas stations that line Oakland's always-interesting Telegraph Avenue sits an enormous blue neon sign that reads "Uptown". Since first opening its doors in 2005, The Uptown has become Oakland's premier venue to hear music that is just as eclectic as the town itself. The 30 foot long mahogany bar has over 12 beers on tap, including Fat Tire and Anchor, as well as the garden variety of mixed drinks and wines. Though there may be a cover charge on show nights, it shouldn't discourage you from stopping by and enjoying one of Oakland's finest clubs.
6500 Shattuck Avenue Between 65th Street & Fairview Street Oakland, CA 94609 +1 510 595 5344
Nomad Café delights and dazzles with its fair trade and organic teas and coffees and a mouthwatering platter of snacks. Dig into delectable burgers and sandwiches stuffed with fresh vegetables, cheese, succulent meats, eggs and delicious seasonings. Try one of the exotic coffees on offer and you will want to visit this eatery time and again. A bite into their signature pastries will have you hooked for life. Though the place is often littered with laptop lovers, the staff is attentive and the service, good. Certain weeknights present you a passel of musical entertainment and live gigs. Call for more details on current and upcoming events.
5427 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 654 7159
This place is like heaven for chocolate lovers. Located in the Rockridge neighborhood of Oakland, this café offers an extensive list of chocolate drinks and delicacies. You can choose from over 150 chocolate bars from around the world, and indulge in European hot chocolate, American hot chocolate, spicy hot chocolate with a hint of cayenne pepper, chocolate Thai iced tea, cookies, brownies, macaroons and muffins.
5401 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 658 0214
Relax with your favorite espresso or coffee drink at this cute cafe on the corner. The large windows look out onto College Avenue, and the vaulted ceilings allow for an open and airy atmosphere. But the comfy couch, the mix of French art and movie posters for M and The Blue Angel and a few French country touches keep things quaint and homey. Find all the usual coffee and espresso drinks, as well as bagels, croissants and biscotti. Try the specialty coffee drinks like the Choco Mint Latte or Kathy's Mocha (with coconut Torani syrup...yum).
5352 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 655 3929
This little Irish pub has the distinction of having the oldest liquor license in the city of Oakland, since 1933. Inside you will find a large, comfortable bar with smiling bartenders ready to pour you a pint. Dozens of beers and ales are on tap. There is a pool table, video games, a fireplace and Irish pictures and paraphernalia adorning the walls, from pictures of JFK and early 20th century rugby players to advertisements for the Ulster Society picnic. The crowd is friendly and mellow. Come for a pint and catch a soccer or football game on one of the TVs.
5445 College Avenue Oakland, CA 94618 +1 510 653 7441
Since 1931, this family-owned bar (a portrait of George's son-in-law is featured next to the big screen TV) has been a haven for serious sports fans. You will find an enthusiastic, though never rowdy, atmosphere that offers TVs in every corner, two pool tables, a jukebox, video games and faded pennants covering just about every inch of the wood-paneled walls. The friendly crowd consists mostly of neighborhood folk, with a smattering of college kids, and of course, Raiders fans. Relax, have a beer, and get ready to cheer!
736 Washington Street Oakland, CA 94607 +1 510 452 1258
Located in Old Oakland, The Grand Oaks (or GO) Sports Bar is one of the city's best sports bars. Both rooms are literally lined with televisions, so your favorite game will always be on, especially if it's the home team. Being a sports bar, of course there is a selection of bar bites, but these aren't completely typical. Options include Lemongrass Beef Sliders, Thai Chicken Tacos, and of course extra crispy Buffalo Wings.
Yoshi's is not just a place where you can catch
mind blowing jazz, but also a sushi bar with an excellent restaurant. Eager music lovers pack the restaurant and the Jazz House on performance nights. It showcases the best ...
Make Westing is located right in the thick of all
Uptown Oakland's thriving nightlife scene. Named after a short story by Oakland's beloved Jack London, Make Westing is a great space for almost any kind of night out, with ...
The Oakland Marriott City Center is a good place to
have a conference without having to worry about accommodation or location. Plush rooms and suites have all the trappings of a comfort haven for those weary traders and travelers. ...