The Bay Area

We’ve compiled the best of the best in The Bay Area - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Brotzeit Lokal

    Lake Merritt | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Wonderfully situated, this tucked-away German biergarten is in Oakland's Brooklyn Basin along the waterfront Bay Trail, with lovely views...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

    Downtown | Live Music

    Since 1968, the Freight has been a venue for some of the world's finest practitioners of folk, jazz, gospel, blues, world-beat, bluegrass, and...Read More

  • 6. The Trappist

    Old Oakland | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

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

  • 7. Tupper & Reed

    Downtown | Bars/Pubs

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

  • 8. Yoshi's

    Jack London Square | Live Music

    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Buck Wild Brewing

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Oakland's Jack London District is home to a luxurious taproom that is California's first 100%-gluten-free brewery, specializing in craft beers...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. Federation Brewing Company

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    Part of Oakland's Ale Trail, the brewery has a convivial tasting room in the Jack London District with plenty of games for extended sipping...Read More

  • 14. Fox Theater

    Uptown | Live Music

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

  • 15. Line 51 Brewing—The Terminal Taproom

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    The bright, airy, 7,500-square-foot brewery and taproom is in many ways a tribute to its early history, when the brewers hauled their kegs on...Read More

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Mua

    Uptown | Cafés

    Cuisine, cocktails, and culture—husband-and-wife-owned Mua puts it all together in an airy converted garage decked out with works by owner/artist...Read More

  • 19. Original Pattern Brewing

    Jack London Square | Brewpubs/Beer Gardens

    The love for beer of all varieties is evident in the selection of award-winners at this employee-owned brewery in a brick warehouse space in...Read More

  • 20. Sweetwater Music Hall

    Live Music

    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

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