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Lounge 3411 transmits some Uptown flavor to the lower hills, with a mix of DJs, taco Tuesdays, and local bands. There's also a sizable stripper-pole-equipped dance floor.

Acme isn't a large instrument shop, but what it lacks in inventory it more than makes up for in its personable owners, who have been known to ask customers their name, the name of their band, and what type of gear they have. Prices are reasonable, and they also offer private lessons.

The dimly lit dive bar has seventeen beers on tap and scores of specialty drinks. It's a cool place to play pool or one of the bar's multiple video-game machines.

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Veggie-centric small plates, microbrews, and gorgeous lake views rule at this new beer garden and restaurant, located along the southeast side of Lake Merritt.

This record shop specializes in a variety of Mexican pop music, from Lupillo Rivera to La Banda del Recodo, Los Tigres del Norte to Selena.

A no-frills Mexican bar where you can get a cheap beer or shot of mezcal before jumping on BART.

Specializes in handmade cast concrete products, including fountains, benches, bird baths, and statues.

An SF retail outlet with an Oakland warehouse, Art Deco Collection is chock-full of furniture, art, and collectibles, all carefully selected by consummate dealer Richard Fishman, who has a penchant for Euro finds, particularly French and Belgian ceramic cloisonné pottery, French lighting, and all things cocktail.

Dive bars can run the gamut from grimy to homey, from imposing to welcoming. Baggy's by the Lake certainly lands on the friendly side of the continuum, but its charms never threaten its dive-bar cred. Twentysomethings and old-timers rub elbows enthusiastically at this Eastlake joint, where the drinks are cheap, the decor is as classy as it is gaudy, and the bartenders (and fellow customers) are just friends you haven't met yet.

The nonprofit, collectively-run bike shop is part of the Cycles of Change agency. The store staffs interns and volunteers from local high schools to develop skills in bike mechanics.

This tiny, family-run breakfast and lunch spot in East Oakland specializes in home-style Vietnamese noodle soups — such as the restaurant’s signature fermented mudfish-infused bun mam — and broken rice plates.

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