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.
Penelope may be a small little bar, but its drinks sure do pack a punch! Make sure to try one of their specialty cocktails, Penelope makes sure to only use fresh ingredients, so you'll find no sweet and sour mix here. In addition to their selection of liquor, wine and beer, Penelope also serves up a small selection of gourmet appetizers and sandwiches.
If music is your passion, make sure that you check out The New Parish. This concert hall and events space has achieved fame with the performances of the great music groups like Sarah Guthrie and Johnny Irion and The Stone Foxes. The place boasts of fantastic sound and stage technology that has made this venue a favorite of the event organizers and performers alike. To find the schedule of the performances and get tickets, check the website.
1517 Franklin Street Oakland, CA 94612 +1 510 834 1517
The Layover is a bar, lounge and gallery all in one. The decor is very bohemian and ethnic, with dark wood, beautiful pillows and cushions, and of course being an art gallery, interesting art covering the walls. The bar features an interesting collection of gourmet cocktails as well as a good selection of beer. Often The Layover boasts live bands or DJs to keep things moving on the dance floor.
In a cave-like historic space in the heart of Old Oakland, the Trappist packs 'em in. There are 15 imported or specialty beers on draft at any given time, and more than 100 more in the bottle -- and this place has proper glassware for most. All members of the staff have commanding knowledge of the world of beer. They'll elucidate the trappings of the Trappist tradition, and they'll turn you on to the most creative local up-and-comers -- all in this humble, crowded little speakeasy. If you get hungry, they always have a choice of excellent cheese plates (hard or soft) and other snacks on offer. See website for draft and bottle lists, and special event announcements.
2318 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94612 +1 510 465 4073
Mama Buzz is a hub. Neighborhood folk pop in for coffee and pastry in the morning, gourmet sandwiches at lunch and espresso and art openings in the evening. The front room features a long diner-style counter, the gallery space is perfect for bigger groups thanks to its numerous Formica tables, and the backyard patio is full of big comfy chairs. Though it is a neighborhood place, even in-the-know San Franciscans make the trek over for one reason in particular: the live music calendar. On any given night, this unassuming little cafe is known to play host to everyone from regional up-and-comers like Hardy Harr to international superstars such as Billy Childish. The food is fresh, the beverages (including local beer on draft) are cheap, the art is wild, and admission is nil. See website for event schedule and more.
The Paramount Theatre is the home of the Oakland Ballet and the Oakland East Bay Symphony. It is the area's foremost facility for performing arts and is known for its grand music concerts, variety shows and movies. Constructed in the post-Depression period of 1931, the Paramount Theatre is best remembered for fusing various disciplines of arts together into a harmonious whole. The Paramount frequently screens old movie classics complete with intermission with bar service.
This is a world class company just 15 minutes away from San Francisco in the East Bay. The majority of its performances are presented in the historic Paramount Theater, a 1931 art deco movie theater. Obtain tickets (prices vary) by calling the Paramount box office.
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