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.
Cafe 504 is a charming neighborhood spot that serves Blue Bottle Coffee and food that’s focused on seasonal, local, organic ingredients. All of the food is made in-house, and the pastries are particularly popular. Art adorns the walls and exhibits rotate monthly. The web site gives the hours with an “ish” disclaimer. There’s free wi-fi, and it’s cash only.
Just five minutes from the Oakland Airport, the lounge keeps classic R&B, jazz, and doo-wop alive with live bands each weekend. Its website proclaims it a destination for "mature adults."
In English, it's called The Black Cat. Inside, you'll find a blaring jukebox, a primarily young Latino crowd, and drinks like the Michelada, a Mexican mixed drink made with beer and tomato juice.
East Oakland's Kefa Coffee sits proudly in the Jingletown district and welcomes cafe-goers with fair-trade, organic coffee, local art exhibits, and lunch specials. Free wi-fi, free parking, outdoor seating, and a dog-friendly environment will encourage you to stick around and enjoy the view.
A bar that lives up to its name, the Lakeside Lounge is a chill spot to lounge around, shoot some pool, throw back some strong, reasonably priced drinks, and dance to some R&B jams if you feel so inclined. Patrons tend toward the 30 and up crowd, which is perhaps why the bar's website declares it the space "where o'l school is cool!!"
The flat-screen TVs at this laid back Laurel District bar are sure to be on during game day, but patrons can play their own games of pool and darts, or throw some coins in the jukebox for a wide selection of tunes.
Free wi-fi and ample seating (inside or on the shaded back patio) give this cafe an ample title. It's an easy spot to grab a coffee or espresso drink, or perhaps partake in a turkey slider, and settle in for some catch-up time with a friend.
You can't really go wrong with a 24-hour cafe, can you? The East Oakland joint is just the sort of greasy spoon destination you crave when a long night turns to an early morning and your alcohol-lined stomach is crying out for a hot cup of coffee and a huge plate of breakfast food.
The Numi Tea Garden is not a garden but a tranquil tearoom in East Oakland’s warehouse district. Customers seek and find sanctuary here, a Zen haven where skylights, gently gurgling fountains, and graceful plants are integral to the aesthetics of steeping and pouring fragrant tea. The colors, textures, and scent of teas inspire visitors to return and sample different varieties, though given the selection, it might take years to try all of them. Most teas are organic, as are the menu items, which include a nice array of savory and sweet snacks, such as green tea pumpkin seeds, nut and dried fruit plates, French and Italian cheese plates, pizza, and chocolate scones. Frugal guests who expect to enjoy their pot of tea for same price as a Lipton may complain but will no doubt recover their equanimity after loading up on the free samples of Numi tea. Free wi-fi. A fine place to read in peace.
A beignet is a French doughnut — a deep-fried pillowy square subjected to a dusting of powdered sugar. If that's enough for you to ask yourself why we don't see those in these parts, thankfully someone else asked the same question and opened up Powderface to fill in the gap. Located right off Fruitvale BART Station in the Fruitvale Plaza, Powderface serves up not only fresh beignets from early in the morning, but coffee drinks and smoothies to enjoy in the cafe or on the outdoor patio. Free wi-fi.
This small sports bar located in East Oakland offers most of the usual sports entertainment packages on their televisions. Customers can also enjoy a full bar.
Stage Left Cellars, based in Oakland, specializes in Rhône varietals. The winery sources their grapes from vineyards all over the West Coast. Stage Left bottles Paso Robles-grown Viognier, Grenache, Syrah, in addition to Pinot Noir (and more Grenache) grown in than Santa Maria Valley, and more Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley and from the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.