Same as it ever was, this Berkeley Irish bar has been around since the days when Ronald Reagan was California governor, and it hasn't changed much — although you can now order a cheeseburger as well as traditional Irish fare like corned beef and cabbage. There are lots of beers on tap, but why not just have a Guinness or a Harp? It's certainly appropriate, and the regulars won't look at you like you're from Mars. Entertainment includes Irish Dance and Ceili Mondays at 9 p.m. (dance instructions start at 7 p.m.); open-mic Tuesdays at 8 p.m.; Berzerkley Poetry Slam on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. with house band Three Blind Mice accompanying; and live music on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There's a full bar with twenty drafts, and the kitchen serves food until 10 p.m.
Carries a variety of metaphysical and holistic health books, as well as crystals, candles, incense, jewelry, and more, and also hosts occasional tarot and other readings.
The sales office for the Cazadero-based retreat center offers a selection of texts on Tibetan Buddhism.
This comfortable, neighborhoody bar offers an Internet jukebox, karaoke every night but Wednesday and Sunday, live music, and more.
After developing a cookie dough recepie for William Sonoma, the owner of Sweet Adeline worked as a pastry chef for Garibaldis On College before opening this bakery. The restaurant/bakery features tea cakes, ginger sticks, peppermint patties, and chocolate cream pie as well as cheese quiches, challah, and more. The establishment has free wi-fi as well as an outdoor seating area.
Focuses particularly on midcentury modern furniture.
Vendors sell incense, beads, international foods, antiques, and other new and used items every weekend.
Like an old-fashioned Eastern European bakery, Crixa Cakes has everything from chocolate-cherry mousse cake to Fatima’s Thighs. Also, all of Crixa's delectable delights are baked from scratch on-site. The cafe boasts an expansive coffee bar, which features various espresso-based beverages in addition to the standard-issue cup of joe. Surf the 'net while you sip and chomp; they've got free wi-fi as well.
An independent hip-hop label and record store that also sells spray paint and other graffiti gear and hosts performances.
This used bike shop is so crammed to the gills with random bicycles and parts that it looks like the victim of a simultaneous tremor and tornado disaster. It's a good thing that the owner displays some of his bikes on a rack out front, because it might actually be impossible to walk inside.