Oakland, Berkeley, And East Bay News, Events, Restaurants, Music, & Arts
These all seem like great places to eat- I for one appreciate the inclusion of an Indian restaurant on 79th and E.14th... not exactly the middle of nowhere- but I digress- I would not have gathered an Indian restaurant there neither ;). I do however must remind you folks that there WAS (gasp) an Oakland before 1999 and there are many places that would fight a for a spot on a list of quintessential Oakland restaurants and dives that are nary mentioned here. Good eats tho !
I'd also add 10th and Wood which might even have a better fried chicken sandwich than Bakesale Betty, not to mention the remarkable pulled pork
The Wrist Ship Supply Mural (16th and Peralta by Vogue and Bam) and the White Elephant Mural (333 Lancaster) were both coordinated and produced in association with Fuming Guerilla Productions.
Stop by Oakland's own Cat Town Cafe to see a wonderful indoor mural that is iconic and Oaklandish! Check our Fuming Guerilla Productions website to view some more of our work around Oakland.
I would also add Venga Paella (229 Brush St) in Jack London. Even though they have only been open for just over a year...they feel like home.
They have great paella and a relaxing vibe. I never feel rushed to have to leave and they make the extra effort to know who you are and feel part of the experience. Definitely a local gem in my book.
New to Berkeley! - The Bay Area Book Festival, June 6 & 7. A free book festival and street fair with 200 local, national and international authors, from Nobel laureates to genre writers, as well as storytellers, a Children’s Arena in Civic Center Park, a Teen Stage, & a Cooking Stage. Incredible book-art installations: "Lacuna "by FLUX (the art collective that does the Man and the Temple at Burning Man); "A Flock of Books" by Yael Braha; "Astrobotanicals" by Stan Clark create the Digital Dome; and the interactive Chalk It Up for Books! on Sunday. www.BayBookFest.org
You could also check out (and add to) this immense list of murals on OaklandWiki: https://localwiki.org/oakland/Murals. There are over 500 murals on here, all collected by members of the community.
The majority of them are mapped- click the map, a neighborhood, and go!
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I lived a block from Baggy's By the Bay in the late 70s. I've visited as recently as three years ago. Yeah, this is the ultimate dive. But what about that piano bar near Grand Lake theater. Don't forget Kip's, Berkeley, a 50s student dive, still diving.
#11 has been the site of two (2) well-documented gang-initiated or gang-involved shootings, one in 2008, the other in 2012. See here:
Been to every bar on the list at 10 times Lucky 13 Alameda by far the best
bar in the east bay if not the hole bay area
The Avenue on telegraph in oakland is the best bar ever a good place to drink ,good mix of customers
The Lemon Tree is the best!!!! I have swilled many a potent 'cocktail' before 10am there and enjoyed the place. A real gem.
How could you forget the Oakland First Fridays Event?
Oakland First Fridays
Art, music, food, fun, community, celebration!
on Telegraph Ave. from W. Grand to 27th St the first Friday of every month from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
I implore any poor unknowing soul who reads this article to not visit The Lemon Tree. If you are in Alameda and need a dive bar, try Lost Weekend or kick it up a notch and go to Lucky 13, you can still get a cheap PBR there.
Charles Fleming, the author of Secret Stairs: East Bay originally got into walking stairs in LA because of health problems. Also I wanted to point out that Oakland Urban Paths (http://www.oaklandurbanpaths.org/) does walks on the stairways and pathways around Oakland every 2nd Saturday. Some OUP folks test-walked routes for Fleming's book.
(thanks to Zaineb for helping me de-confuse myself on my EBX accounts)
Rohnert Park has CalSkate too.
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Julian's stories thus far, but this one is something special. I have a want to be initiated the same way he did -- but I almost don't need to because it was described so well. Keep going man, love your stuff.
I became a volunteer before ever attending the solstice party after hearing about it. I had a great time helping, and seeing all those people having a good time made me happy that I was a part of it.
Cyclist are like the Hell's Angels of the 21st Century. The locals freak when they know they will ride into town.
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