Located in a roomy corner location between Elmwood and campus, Sack's has become a veritable study hall for caffeine- and wi-fi-reliant college students. They come for the good coffee and tea, menu of bagel sandwiches, free wi-fi, and, most especially, a seat and table to sit. And sit. If it's midterm season, you may need luck grabbing one of your own.
With the tagline “We’re country, & we like to rock,” this Fremont club makes no bones about its identity. There’s a DJ and a live band every night and two bands every Saturday. Arrive early on the weekends for line-dancing lessons, a cheaper cover charge, and a chance at finding a space in the parking lot. The Saddle Rack is an enormous bar — boasting a large stage, two dance floors, three full bars, plenty of seating, a game room, an oxygen bar, and a mechanical bull. If that’s not enough, there’s the “hitching post,” where a bartender will literally pour liquor down your throat.
During the 1800s, The Saloon claims, drunks who stumbled out of this tavern risked being shanghaied for nasty and ill-paid ocean voyages. This spot also survived the 1906 earthquake. Now this blues bar prides itself in honoring the genre's upcoming musicians. Johnny Nitro and The Doorslammers can be seen playing every Friday and Saturday night. Be sure to also check out Lucky Strike and Chris Cobb. Their full schedule can be found on their web site.
Comedy school that features occasional comedy shows.
Just up the street from 24th Street BART, this dusky, candle-lit supper-club features excellent live jazz six nights a week, usually for no cover, although the drinks are a little pricey. Weeknights are usually the best times to come, as the place is sparsely attended but still provides classy uptown ambiance, with dim house lamps, carpeting, and photographs of all the great jazz standard-bearers — one wall is dedicated entirely to honoring Louis Armstrong.
This winebar cafe at Rialto Cinemas Cerrito features wine and artisan beers along with a menu of small bites, paninis, flat-bread pizzas, and sharable salads.
A low-key smoker’s paradise and homey-feeling lounge, proffering more than fourteen blends of tobacco and a good selection of pipes, lighters, and cigarette holders, as well as beer on tap including Bass, Fullers, Guinness, and Harp.
Scobie's offers all the major sports packages on twelve different screens. A strong sports bar, it also offers a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu. There is karaoke on Wednesday nights as well as a DJ that performs on Thursdays and Saturdays. Customers can also grab a beer or a cocktail on the outside patio if weather permits.
The end of Webster Street in Alameda is a near-ghost town at night, but head into the Shamrock Irish Pub and youll find the locals. The decor — a bouncy bartender, two pool tables, darts, Foosball, pinball, video gambling, and a peanut dispenser — is likely to keep patrons stimulated for hours, and apparently it works. If that doesn't suffice, the Shamrock hosts live music a few Fridays each month.
Shine offers a full service bar, dance floor, and regular DJ appearances.
Good times abide at Shooters, with karaoke every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; four TVs in the bar and lounge; and plenty of pool to be played. Patrons can partake in $5 PBRs and shots of Jameson every Thursday.