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This club, modeled after an Eastern European wooden synagogue, is a Berkeley institution dedicated to dance and music. The nonprofit venue hosts live music nearly every night, and shows are all-ages. Ashkenaz hosts reggae, bluegrass, Balkan, Brazilian, Cajun, and Caribbean bands, just to name a few. Come early for a dance class or on Sunday afternoon for a kids' concert.

Touting itself as West Berkeley’s longest-running dive bar, The Missouri Lounge never disappoints. Order “The Special,” a whiskey shot and a PBR for $5, or spend the same amount on “El Special,” a tequila and a Tecate. DJs spin everything from honky-tonk to hip-hop, soul, and indie rock. Get there early on Wednesday for open mic. There’s plenty of picnic tables on the back patio, and a small selection of delicious drunk food. Never a cover charge.

Paisan

This fun, friendly neighborhood tavern attracts regulars, young and old. The barstaff is attentive and informed, and pours from an extensive list of spirits that seems to grow daily. There's also a daily happy hour, great jukebox selections, and DJs spinning on the weekends, making Acme Bar a solid bet all around.

Founded in 1911, Blick has everything needed to paint, draw, scrapbook, make prints, practice calligraphy, do projects with the kids on a rainy day, and more.

Sells marijuana buds from the super-pure high level down to $100 ounces of the brown Mexican you smoked in high school, plus free food, coffee, classes, and on-site events.

Cafe Yesterday

Housed in a mellow, spic-and-span space, Cafe Yesterday is Berkeley's most comprehensive cereal bar, though its well-rounded menu also includes salads, sandwiches, house-baked pastries, and fair-trade coffee.

East Bay Nursery was established in 1926 and spans more than a large city block. Inside, one can find a diverse selection of succulents, fruit trees, grasses, perennials, Japanese maples, shade plants, shrub trees, and drought-resistant plants. It also offers organically grown veggies for the edible garden. In addition, it has essential accouterments like terracotta pots, soil amendments, fungicides, as well as a large selection of organic and chemical fertilizers.

The "optical boutique" supplies quality eyewear for children and adults, and makes custom lenses on site.

The "cut & sew boutique" specializes in custom-tailored designs made from independently produced fabrics.

This isn’t your grimy, subterranean sex store; whether you’re looking for some devilish handcuffs, a discreet vibrator, or some trucker erotica, you can browse and feel an almost lofty exaltation about the place.

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