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Uptown

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Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

This is where nightlife and cutting-edge art happens in Oakland, along the Telegraph Avenue/Broadway corridor north of downtown. Dozens of galleries cluster around Telegraph, showing everything from photography and site-specific installations to glasswork and fiber arts. The first Friday of each month, thousands descend for Art Murmur (oaklandartmurmur.org), a late-night gallery event that has expanded into First Friday (oaklandfirstfridays.org), a veritable neighborhood festival featuring food trucks, street vendors, and live music along Telegraph Avenue.

Lively restaurants with a distinctly urban vibe make Uptown a dining destination every night of the week. Favorites include craft cocktails and eclectic Japanese-inspired fare at Hopscotch (1915 San Pablo Ave.), beautiful beverages and stylish cuisine at Art Deco Flora (1900 Telegraph Ave.), tasty tapas and modern Spanish fare at trendy Duende (468 19th), upscale Southern comfort food at

elegant Picán (2295 Broadway), and innovative Oaxacan fare and mezcal magic at Calavera (2337 Broadway) just to name a few.

Toss in the bevy of bars and there's plenty within walking distance to keep you busy for an entire evening: Cafe Van Kleef (1621 Telegraph Ave.), the friendly jumble that started it all Uptown; Bar Three Fifty-Five (355 19th St.), a house of great cocktails; strikingly beautiful but low-key Dogwood (1644 Telegraph Ave.), which has tasty nibbles; Drake's Dealership (2325 Broadway), with its spacious hipster-friendly beer garden; Lost and Found (2040 Telegraph Ave.), home of draft brews and cornhole boards; and Somar (1727 Telegraph Ave.), a bar, music lounge, and gallery in one. Uptown's shopping is exploding as well, with local goods at the fore; be sure to stop by Oaklandish (1444 Broadway) for T-shirts, jeans, and everything Oaktown. The Paramount Theatre (2025 Broadway), Fox Theater (1807 Telegraph Ave.), and other art-deco architectural gems distinguish this neighborhood.

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Oakland, California, 94612, USA

Published 07/06/2016

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