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  • 1. Café Van Kleef

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    Long before Uptown got hot, the late Peter Van Kleef was serving stiff fresh-squeezed greyhounds, telling tales about his collection of pop...Read More

  • 2. Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

    Jack London Square | Bars/Pubs

    Arguably California's longest continuously active saloon since it opened in 1884, this watering hole, built from the hull of a flat-bottomed...Read More

  • 3. Lost & Found

    Uptown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    The diversions on the spacious, succulent-filled patio include Ping-Pong, cornhole, and communal tables full of chilled-out locals. The beer...Read More

  • 4. The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

    Downtown | Music Clubs

    For more than 50 years, the Freight has been a venue for some of the world's finest practitioners of folk, jazz, gospel, blues, world-beat,...Read More

  • 5. Tupper & Reed

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

    Housed in the former music shop of John C. Tupper and Lawrence Reed, this music-inspired cocktail haven features a symphony of carefully crafted...Read More

  • 6. Yoshi's

    Jack London Square | Music Clubs

    Opened in 1972 as a sushi bar, Yoshi's has evolved into one of the area's best jazz and live music venues. The full Yoshi's experience includes...Read More

  • 7. Beer Revolution

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Hard-core beer geeks: with hundreds of bottled beers and 50 taps, this craft beer and bottle shop is for you. When you're done salivating over...Read More

  • 8. Brotzeit Lokal

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    If you want a water view with your brew, head to this spot east of Jack London Square and enjoy a bretzel and obatzda (a soft German pretzel...Read More

  • 9. Diving Dog Brewhouse

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    The brewing scene is alive and hopping in Oakland, and among the dozens of stops on the Oakland Ale Trail, the Diving Dog is one craft locale...Read More

  • 10. Fox Theater

    Uptown | Music Clubs

    This renovated 1928 theater, Oakland's favorite performance venue, is a remarkable feat of Mediterranean Moorish architecture and has seen the...Read More

  • 11. Make Westing

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    Named for a short story by Oakland native Jack London, this sprawling industrial-chic space is always abuzz with hipsters playing bocce, the...Read More

  • 12. Mill Valley Beerworks

    Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    A great place to rest your feet after shopping or hiking, this neighborhood taproom serves a rotating selection of local and imported drafts...Read More

  • 13. Mua

    Uptown | Cafes–Nightlife

    Cuisine, cocktails, and culture—artist-owned Mua puts it all together in an airy converted garage decked out with pieces from owner/artist Hisuk...Read More

  • 14. Sweetwater Music Hall

    Music Clubs

    With the help of part-owner Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, this renowned nightclub and café reopened in a historic Masonic Hall in 2012. Famous...Read More

  • 15. Telegraph

    Uptown | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Hipsters hold court at Telegraph (aka Beeryland), where giant murals and bike wheel rims decorate the largely cement and mostly graffitied outdoor...Read More

  • 16. The Layover Music Bar and Lounge

    Uptown | Bars/Pubs

    Bright, bold, and unabashedly bohemian, this hangout filled with recycled furniture is constantly evolving because everything is for sale, from...Read More

  • 17. The Trappist

    Old Oakland | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Brick walls, dark wood, soft lighting, and a buzz of conversation set a warm and mellow tone inside this Old Oakland Victorian space that's...Read More

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