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  • Oakland has so many bars, clubs, and lounges that it would be possible to go to a different one every night for an entire year. Luckily there's also a wide variety in the type of establishments, so even on a year-long tour boredom would be a rare feeling. And regardless of venue, prices tend to be relatively cheap for drinks and entertainment in comparison to other cities around the Bay and elsewhere.

    The city isn't far from wine country, but beer is the star at many of the bars around Oakland. Quite a few bars have dozens of beers on tap and more in the bottle, and that doesn't just include the stereotypical pub - there are lots of fun fusion-type bars that have a pub feel but retro music, for instance, or a beer garden that has delicious wood-fired pizzas. Or look further to find some bars with a truly unique theme, like Hawaiian luau-style or a renovated old fishing cottage turned into a riff on a nautical theme.

    Another common type of nightlife establishment is the small club/bar with cheap drinks and hard-rocking local bands or quick-spinning DJs that have yet to hit it big. And even if the venue is the current "place to be", the best thing about Oakland clubs is that the pretension that can be so common at a hip club is almost always absent.

    If bars and clubs aren't your scene, there are also music venues that are less booze, more art. With comfortable couches and creative decor and artwork, these places are the best for a relaxing evening with good tunes - drinking optional. Other options include popping into one of the several funky old independent movie theaters around town, enjoying a concert or performance at the classic, recently renovated Fox Theater, or checking out the art/indie music combinations on display at places like the Lobot Gallery.

    Fox Theater

    1807 Telegraph Avenue

    Historic Venue in Downtown Oakland... read more

    Oracle Arena & McAfee Coliseum

    7000 Coliseum Way

    A's & the Raiders' Home... read more

    Beer Revolution

    464 3rd Street

    The Revolution Will Not Be Televised... read more

    Trappist (The)

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    460 8th Street

    Belgian Beer Bonanza... read more

    Easy Lounge

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    3255 Lakeshore Ave

    Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub

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    51 Embarcadero Cove

    Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon

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    48 Webster Street
    Jack London Square

    Historic Jack London Square Bar... read more

    Conga Lounge

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    5422 College Ave

    Tropical tunes, drinks and d├ęcor... read more

    End Zone

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    1466 High St

    Raiders sports bar and Hip-Hop... read more

    Radio Bar

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    435 13th St

    Tune in and grab a drink... read more

    A Cote

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    5478 College Avenue

    Good wine at the bar!... read more

    Stork Club

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    2330 Telegraph Ave

    Hip Oakland Hangout... read more

    Arsimona

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    561 11th St

    Ruby Room

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    132 14th Street

    Where the East Bay Comes to Drink... read more

    Alley (The)

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    3325 Grand Avenue

    For Steak Lovers and More... read more

    Cafe Van Kleef

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    1621 Telegraph Ave

    Rock in this stylish East Bay lounge... read more

    McNally's

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    5352 College Ave

    George and Walt's

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    5445 College Avenue

    Neighborhood Sports Bar... read more

    Golden Bear Sports Bar

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    389 Grand Ave

    White Horse

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    6551 Telegraph Ave

    California's oldest gay bar... read more
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