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  • No red rope and grumpy doormen here. Berkeley’s laid-back approach towards good times extends to its nightlife, making its bars and clubs some of the most unpretentious and fun places to kick back and let loose. Berkeley’s a college town, and that means that down-to-earth kicks and affordable entertainment are the name of the game. So leave the three-inch heels and flashy shades at home--but don’t forget your ID!

    Berkeley’s bars are all about having fun. Pubs and dives make for great times without a dress code or a hefty tab. Beckett’s and Triple Rock provide frothy beers and good old American fare. Live music blares at Jupiter and Blake’s, while billiards and board games entertain everyone at Thalassa and The Albatross. Get a little down and dirty, and off the beaten path, at friendly dives like the Missouri Lounge and Acme.

    Got your dancing shoes on? The beats bump and the parties get going at the Shattuck Down Low, showcasing funk, soul, hip-hop, even the occasional karaoke night. Community centers focused on dance and music, the Ashkenaz and La Pena host fun events like salsa nights and Afro-Caribbean percussion jams. A landmark of punk rock, the all-ages Gilman has been putting on live music shows for 20 years--and makes for a great place for teenage travelers. Big-name music acts come to the acoustically superior Greek Theater, located on the UC Berkeley campus.

    Berkeley’s love of the arts makes for plenty of culture-filled nightlife activities as well. The Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theater and Shotgun Players provide top-notch independent theater, while artsy movie houses like California Theaters and the Elmwood show indie flicks outside of the mainstream. You’ll feel enlightened, entertained and even more like a local.

    Shattuck Down Low

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    2284 Shattuck Avenue

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    Pasand Lounge

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    2280 Shattuck Ave


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    2181 Shattuck Avenue

    A different planet... read more

    Starry Plough (The)

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    3101 Shattuck Avenue

    Even Sean Would Approve... read more

    Beckett's Irish Pub

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    2271 Shattuck Ave


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    1317 San Pablo Ave

    World music community and dance venue... read more

    The Bear's Lair Pub

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    2475 Bancroft Way

    Pyramid Ale House, Brewery and Restaurant

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    901 Gilman St

    Triple Rock Brewery

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    1920 Shattuck Ave

    Historic Berkeley brew pub... read more


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    2600 Durant Avenue

    Pub and Grille... read more


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    1515 Shattuck Avenue

    Tapas chic... read more

    924 Gillman Street Project

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    924 Gilman St

    Youth rock institution breeds leading punks...
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    Landmark Albany Twin

    1115 Solano Avenue

    Movie magic... read more

    Cerrito Speakeasy Theater

    10070 San Pablo Avenue

    Cinema Intoxication... read more

    Orinda Theater

    4 Orinda Way

    Movie musings... read more

    Rheem All-Stadium 4

    350 Park Street

    Get your popcorn... read more

    Emery Bay Stadium 10

    6330 Christie Avenue

    Movies and more... read more

    Shotgun Playhouse

    1901 Ashby Avenue

    Eclectic Drama... read more

    Memorial Stadium

    Bancroft Way

    Historic Home To Football... read more

    Oaks Theatre

    1875 Solano Avenue

    Choose Your Screen... read more
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