1515 Shattuck Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709 +1 510 883 0222
This chic little eatery in the Gourmet Ghetto shows that trendy tapas can hold their own with traditional restaurants. With subdued lighting, pale woods, and a more mellow atmosphere, Cesar is far from the rowdy, happy hour tapas places you will find in the big city. Enjoy specialties like the Endive Watercress Salad, Lentil Soup, Roasted Grapes al Jamon, and Baby Clams in Mojo Verde. The alcohol list is extensive indeed (pages long as a matter of fact) with many specialty and imported liquors and a nice selection of complementary wines.
901 Gilman Street Berkeley, CA 94710 +1 510 528 9880
Spawned out of Seattle, the second Pyramid Brewery calls Berkeley home. The brewery doubles as a brew house and restaurant, and daily tours on beer-making conveniently end in a spacious dining room. In the summertime the parking lot turns into a free outdoor cinema playing American classics like Caddyshack and The Shining. The menu is filled with a beer drinker's favorite friends: nachos, onion rings, steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers and wood-oven pizzas. With over twenty Pyramid brews on tap, the microbrewery serves pale, wheat and fruit-flavored ales, seasonal varieties, English brown and espresso stout.
101 Zellerbach Hall 4800 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720 +1 510 642 9988
Benjamin Ide Wheeler Auditorium, is located in the University of California. It provides a platform to the Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies. Students documentary films are screened here as well. You need to ensure that you book in advance, as the auditorium is also a venue for the classroom assignments.
101 Zellerbach Hall Suite 4800 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720 +1 510 642 9988
Zellerbach Hall, part of UC Berkeley's performance center, holds theater, dance and musical events. This venue transports the viewer to a different dimension with its impact and sound arrangement. The most outstanding performance at the venue is the Kodo performance. Their featured artists have included pianist Krystian Zimmerman, Afro-Cuban All Stars, and Noche Flamenco. For other musical performances and acts check out the events on the website.
2001 Gayley Road University of California Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94704 +1 510 548 3010
Built at the turn of the 20th Century, this theater has played host not only to the University's graduation ceremonies, but has also been one of the premier venues in the city for live shows, and one of the only under the open sky. Designed like a classical Greek amphitheater with its tiered concrete seating and immense stage, it seats 8,000, every seat is a good one, and the acoustics are fantastic. Since it is outdoors, be sure to bring a coat or sweater as it gets chilly even during the summer, and a blanket if you want to sit on the grass before the stage. Call to have a schedule sent to you. Prices depend on the show.
601 San Pablo Avenue Albany, CA 94706 +1 510 526 5986
The Hotsy Totsy Club may be the oldest running bar in Albany, but don't get the idea that this place is in any way passé. On the contrary, they offer some of the most inventive and high quality cocktails you'll find in the Bay Area. With walls covered in quirky art and vintage videos, Hotsy Totsy isn't as pretentious as it may appear. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, with unique weekly and monthly events catering to their low-key East Bay crowd. On Tuesdays they serve free bowls of homemade stew, and on Thursdays through Sundays a taco truck sells delicious and inexpensive food in the parking lot.
1317 San Pablo Avenue Berkeley, CA 94702 +1 510 525 5054
Established in 1973, Ashkenaz Music & Dance Community Center is a musical institution that enthralls music lovers of all genres. Groove to the tunes of folk and world music such as African, Bluegrass, Middle Eastern, Brazilian, Balkan and more by top notch musicians. Offering various dance classes, workshops and programs, this non-profit venue promotes cultural diversity in a unique way. Featuring live performances six nights a week, the center also has an in-house café that serves beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages along with vegetarian snacks. It is open only during shows.
1875 Solano Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707 +1 510 526 1836
Situated in busy Solano Avenue, this theatre is a great place to get nostalgic. Two screens show Hollywood blockbusters, especially those that have been box office kings. Sit back and relax with popcorn and a soda. For show times and bookings, call ahead or check out their website.
1580 Solano Avenue Berkeley, CA 94707 +1 510 525 9463
In an area known for wineries and wine bars, Solano Cellars is a Mecca for Bay Area oenophiles who sit at the imposing wood bar and sample a dazzling array of wines from around the world. A staff of refreshingly unpretentious wine experts can guide you through the selection and help you find just the vintage you were looking for. The shop attached is tiny, but what they do not have on display can be fetched from the seemingly bottomless wine cellar. To enhance the wine, an ever-changing appetizer and dessert menu, designed with wine in mind, is offered. There is a strict prohibition on cell phones.
6005 Shellmound Street Emeryville, CA 94608 +1 510 923 0686
The Skybox Lounge and Restaurant is one of the best places to enjoy nightlife in East Bay. It is located in the Old Brick Building at the Emeryville Market Place. House-made vinaigrettes and ice cream are a must try. The food is made of fresh and local ingredients. It is a favorite sports bar among the locals. There is live music, Karaoke nights, dancing and many live performances in this venue. The lounge also boasts of a plush restaurant with comfy couches to relax and watch the sports events on the huge television screens.
Zellerbach Hall, part of UC Berkeley's performance center, holds theater,
dance and musical events. This venue transports the viewer to a different dimension with its impact and sound arrangement. The most outstanding performance at the venue is the Kodo ...
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The frozen yogurt craze that burned so brightly in the
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