What to Do in Oakland

This list was compiled from East Bay Express's readers' and editors' top picks.

Arts & Entertainment

Ashkenaz (Performance Venues, Dance Clubs)
1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA
510-525-5054
boognish says: Ashkenaz rocks. Reviews about one band, that reflect on the whole club, are problematic. And just to remind- Ashkenaz rocks. More...
Awaken Cafe (Coffeehouses, Art Galleries)
1429 Broadway Oakland CA
510-863-1440
de Young Museum (Museums)
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. San Francisco CA
415-750-3600
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse (Performance Venues)
2020 Addison St. Berkeley CA
510-548-1761
molliecr says: Great Venue! I saw the Old time Music Convention there More...
Grand Lake Theater (Movie Theaters)
3200 Grand Ave. Oakland CA
510-295-3259
cbrouillet says: The Grand Lake Theater is a gem, a historical beauty with comfortable seats, a large lobby, an amazingly generous owner with a social conscience who donates the theater for important benefits, events, to save the country, the world. More...
Landmark Piedmont Theatre (Movie Theaters)
4186 Piedmont Ave. Oakland CA
510-985-1252
Landmark Shattuck Cinemas (Movie Theaters)
2230 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA
510-644-2992
1000 Oak St. Oakland CA
510-318-8400
Rialto Cinemas Cerrito (Movie Theaters)
10070 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito CA
510-273-9102
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood (Movie Theaters)
2966 College Ave. Berkeley CA
510-433-9730
Starry Plough (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues)
3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA
510-841-2082
Stork Club (Performance Venues, Bars & Clubs)
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA
510-444-6174
The Bistro (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues, California Cuisine)
1001 B St. Hayward CA
510-886-8525
spiritflute says: the best pub for micro brews and IPA'S add the fact they have live music every night with no cover charge and you have a great place for nights out or just to drop by for a beer More...
The Fox Theater (Performance Venues)
1807 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA
510-302-2250
The New Parish (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues, Dance Clubs)
579 18th St. Oakland CA
510-444-7474
The Warfield (Performance Venues)
982 Market St. San Francisco CA
415-775-7722
701 Mission St. San Francisco CA
Yoshi's Oakland (Japanese/Sushi, Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues)
510 Embarcadero West Oakland CA
510-238-9200
Elizabeth de Moya says: They made me the best grilled goat cheese sandwich ever! And a Redbull vodka to go with it. More...
Yoshi's San Francisco (Performance Venues, Bars & Clubs)
1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco CA
415-655-5600

Bars, Clubs & Coffeehouses

Ashkenaz (Performance Venues, Dance Clubs)
1317 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA
510-525-5054
boognish says: Ashkenaz rocks. Reviews about one band, that reflect on the whole club, are problematic. And just to remind- Ashkenaz rocks. More...
Awaken Cafe (Coffeehouses, Art Galleries)
1429 Broadway Oakland CA
510-863-1440
Jupiter (Brewpub, Pizza, Bars & Clubs)
2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA
510-843-8277
Luka's Taproom & Lounge (Belgian, California Cuisine, French, Bars & Clubs, New American)
2221 Broadway Oakland CA
510-451-4677
Felicia Lee says: I had a great time. The music has a nice old school back in the day Silks feel. I highly recommend checking out Body Language Thursday Nights at Lukas! More...
Peet's Coffee & Tea (Coffeehouses)
2124 Vine St. Berkeley CA
510-841-0564
Starry Plough (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues)
3101 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA
510-841-2082
Stork Club (Performance Venues, Bars & Clubs)
2330 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA
510-444-6174
The Alley (Bars & Clubs, American, Burgers/Sandwiches, Steak House)
3325 Grand Ave. Oakland CA
510-444-8505
The Bistro (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues, California Cuisine)
1001 B St. Hayward CA
510-886-8525
spiritflute says: the best pub for micro brews and IPA'S add the fact they have live music every night with no cover charge and you have a great place for nights out or just to drop by for a beer More...
The Missouri Lounge (Bars & Clubs)
2600 San Pablo Ave. Berkeley CA
510-548-2080
The New Parish (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues, Dance Clubs)
579 18th St. Oakland CA
510-444-7474
The Uptown (Bars & Clubs, Dance Clubs)
1928 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA
510-451-8100
rockolito says: This show will be off da hook!
Yoshi's Oakland (Japanese/Sushi, Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues)
510 Embarcadero West Oakland CA
510-238-9200
Elizabeth de Moya says: They made me the best grilled goat cheese sandwich ever! And a Redbull vodka to go with it. More...
Yoshi's San Francisco (Performance Venues, Bars & Clubs)
1330 Fillmore St. San Francisco CA
415-655-5600

Food & Drink

Berkeley Bowl (Grocery Stores)
2020 Oregon St. Berkeley CA
510-843-6929

Restaurants

Adesso (Italian, Wine Bar)
4395 Piedmont Ave. #2 Oakland CA
510-601-0305
Bellanico (Italian, Breakfast/Brunch, Organic/Sustainable, Wine Bar)
4238 Park Blvd. Oakland CA
510-336-1180
Diane Tebault says: Wonderful, attractive yet welcoming dining destination for everyone. Very interesting and delicious food. Dinner, weekend brunch and newly open for lunch. Only criticism is menu not easy to understand and exclusive delivery by Caviar, which has customer-unfriendly policies. Parking a More...
Bocanova (California Cuisine, Caribbean, Central American, Nuevo Latino, Tapas/Small Plates)
55 Webster St. Oakland CA
510-444-1233
Commis (California Cuisine, Eclectic/Exotic, Organic/Sustainable)
3859 Piedmont Ave. Oakland CA
510-653-3902
Jupiter (Brewpub, Pizza, Bars & Clubs)
2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley CA
510-843-8277
Luka's Taproom & Lounge (Belgian, California Cuisine, French, Bars & Clubs, New American)
2221 Broadway Oakland CA
510-451-4677
Felicia Lee says: I had a great time. The music has a nice old school back in the day Silks feel. I highly recommend checking out Body Language Thursday Nights at Lukas! More...
Oliveto (Italian, Organic/Sustainable)
5655 College Ave. Oakland CA
510-547-5356
Pizzaiolo (California Cuisine, Organic/Sustainable, Pizza)
5008 Telegraph Ave. Oakland CA
510-652-4888
Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe (American, Diner)
4081 Hollis St. Emeryville CA
510-594-1221
Olivia Weiss says: AWESOME FOOD! Rudy really can't fail!
The Alley (Bars & Clubs, American, Burgers/Sandwiches, Steak House)
3325 Grand Ave. Oakland CA
510-444-8505
The Bistro (Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues, California Cuisine)
1001 B St. Hayward CA
510-886-8525
spiritflute says: the best pub for micro brews and IPA'S add the fact they have live music every night with no cover charge and you have a great place for nights out or just to drop by for a beer More...
Yoshi's Oakland (Japanese/Sushi, Bars & Clubs, Performance Venues)
510 Embarcadero West Oakland CA
510-238-9200
Elizabeth de Moya says: They made me the best grilled goat cheese sandwich ever! And a Redbull vodka to go with it. More...

Shopping

Amoeba Music (Record Stores)
2455 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley CA
510-549-1125
olivia weiss says: pretty good. also they always have concerts for kids! awesome More...
Diesel, A Bookstore (Bookstores & Newsstands)
5433 College Ave. Oakland CA
510-653-9965
Down Home Music (Record Stores)
10341 San Pablo Ave. El Cerrito CA
510-525-2129
Rasputin Music and DVDs (Record Stores)
2401 Telegraph Ave. Berkeley CA
510-704-1146

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