The hills' hub for weekly author readings.
Sets the bar for independent shoe shops with a stellar selection of brands including Aerosoles, Born, Diesel, Simple, Wanted, and Dansko.
Rod Dibble plays piano nightly at this Lake Merritt bar, often with vocal accompaniment from local amateur cabaret crooners. Designed like an old saloon with relatively private diner-style booths (where you can order a burger, steak, or fries to go with your drinks), the Alley is characterized by its vintage clotheslines, pink and baby-blue restroom stalls (much cleaner than those at your average East Bay haunt), and the thousands of marquees and business cards stapled to its walls. In contrast to the swankier Kingmans Lucky Lounge across the street, the Alley stays true to its namesake, and the cluttered decor makes it seem homey.
One of the East Bay's best thrift shops, containing a plethora of vintage and themed apparel.
Stocks a multitude of shampoos, conditioners, gels, sprays, and relaxers — and that’s only the hair products.
Sells an eclectic, eccentric, and egalitarian treasure trove of secondhand books, and hosts occasional in-store shows and author events.