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This award-winning cafe, tea house, bar, restaurant, venue, and gallery is one of Uptown's most happening spots.

Another example of the emergent lounge-bar-hybrid breed. It's got the energy of a dive, but with an auspiciously non-sticky floor and a lovingly curated playlist. Its house-made tonic makes for a delicious gin and tonic.

With eight full bars, a billiards room, smoking lounge, and multiple dance floors, it's easy to believe Bench and Bar's claim to the title of the Bay Area's biggest gay and lesbian dance club. Fridays have a soul happy hour from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays is Club Rimshot, a hip-hop and R&B LGBT party. Other nights are a mix of dance, house, and Latin music. Free wi-fi and a daily happy hour cater to the after-work crowd.

The store specializes in books about social movements, modern literature, children's books, and military history, but also stocks more general titles.

Offers good prices on a limited selection of marijuana buds, consumables, and clones.

This friendly downtown stopover features an array of local delights: Blue Bottle coffee, pastries from SF/Oakland/Emeryville bakery Arizmendi, vegan doughnuts from West Oakland's People's Bakery, and dairy products from Sonoma-based Clover Stornetta. Gabriela's lunch options vary, but a beloved menu item is the popular pulled-pork adobo sandwich, which puts a tasty spin on a traditional Filipino dish. Space is limited, but the counter seats face the window and are great for people-watching.

If you’re into quirky, this is the place for you. It’s a slim, high-ceilinged bar with a wide assortment of kitschy knickknacks and furniture. It’ll take you a while to take in all the objects d’art scattered around this hipster hangout, and that’s what you’ll do while sipping your drink and watching indie, jazz, blues, or funk bands. Cafe Van Kleef is known for its strong drinks made with fresh-squeezed juice, especially its greyhound. There’s live music most nights and always room to dance.

Located along a quiet stretch of Washington Street in downtown Oakland, Caffe 817 — under the ownership of Scott and Emily Goldenberg — offers a European cafe experience with meals worth the relatively high prices. Loyal customers come back for the delicious Italian flourishes in breakfast and lunch offerings, with daily specials that appeal to the palette, the eye, and, when read aloud, to the ear — “Roasted pork shoulder sandwich with arugula and aioli.” The service, though sometimes slow, is solicitous, and the baristas make impressive coffee art, as worthy of display as the latest art show on the walls. On a sunny day, sidewalk seating under umbrellas perfects the experience. Bottled beer and wine selections vary with the season.

With comfortable amenities and state-of-the-art equipment along with a wide range of classes to choose from.Part of a chain with twelve other facilities in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, this one is a convenient favorite for downtown-Oakland workers. A keen commitment to cleanliness is evident in the locker and shower areas, where shampoo and other freshen-up toiletries are free to members. Many of the cardio machines are outfitted with TV screens. The emphasis here is on getting members to stick with it — so if you haven't shown up in a while, a staff member will call you and ask why. Outdoor heated pool, racquetball courts, squash courts, basketball gymnasium, indoor running track, cafe, pro shop, saunas, whirlpool spa, steam rooms, personal trainers, massage therapists.Cardio and strength machines including free weights, elliptical trainers, stair-climbers, treadmills, plate-loaded machines, selectorized machines.

CommonWealth Cafe and Pub

Ahna Adair co-owns the CommonWealth with her brother Pete Jeffryes and her husband Ross Adair, a Scot who learned to appreciate traditional cooking in his grandmother's kitchen. He prepares it here in the form of English-style breakfasts and pub grub with a California twist: Steel-cut oats, beans and toast, egg-and-chutney sandwiches, and the like augment an impressive selection of beers from the UK, the East Bay, and a few locales in between.

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