Like The Escapist, Fantastic Comics rose out of the ashes of the defunct Comic Relief, and carries a wide range of comics.
Restores dignity to a perfect pairing with well over one hundred types of cheese and a calendar of events for new vinophiles.
Talk about old-school: The Fat Lady's building dates back to the 1870s, and the bar has been in the same family since it was bought, refurbished, and reopened in 1970. It's now outfitted with well-chosen knickknacks — Tiffany lamps, stained glass, a sign rescued from the Fox Theater during its revitalization — and as far as the clientele goes, it's filled with whatever the human equivalent of well-chosen knickknacks is. Try the Mafioso (American Honey Bourbon, St. George's Firelit Coffee Liqueur, and steamed milk, $9 — looks like a root beer float and tastes like an alcoholic espresso).
Features vinyl, posters, rare magazines, and memorabilia.
A more drinks-oriented, offshoot of next-door neighbor Flora, Fauna is, much like its forebear, well-appointed, art deco-inspired, and committed to using fresh ingredients in interesting ways — though in this case, in a slightly more casual, though no less attractive, setting.
An "adult gallery" and novelty store selling everything from vibrators to vintage books and magazines.
Stocks vintage furniture, lighting, and more.
The company's Oakland showroom features vintage mahogany and walnut furniture, vintage lighting, and more.
Opened in 1949 and still run by the same owner, Jack Fiore, this music store sells instruments and offers lessons.
The family-owned sports bar has thirteen flat-screen TVs and three huge projector screens for an all-encompassing sports experience on game days. There's plenty of promise in this Alameda bar. Namely, promises of pizza, pool playing, free Wi-fi, and a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.