This popular Mission District bar and club features music seven nights a week. On Fridays and Saturdays, a diverse mix of twentysomething and thirtysomething weekend warriors line up to get in; some just to squeeze into the packed-tight bar downstairs, others to dance to whatever combination of Latin funk is on the bill upstairs. During the week, the Elbo Room hosts an assortment of rock, DJ, and world music. Expect to pay about $5 for weekday shows, and between $8 and $12 on the weekends. Whether you're new to San Francisco or not, the Elbo Room is usually a guaranteed good time for dancing and meeting people.
A nine-table, twelve-tap family-friendly brewpub offering updated takes on American standards, as well as a full slate of beers, both brewed in-house and elsewhere.
The kitchen stays open late at this East Bay blues institution. The punk rock dive is known for cheap eats. The spacious back patio has plenty of picnic tables that you’re encouraged to draw on, and there’s indoor bike parking, two pinball machines, and a pool table. The bar recently secured its cabaret license and now has live shows a few times a week. Eli’s is located in a squat, garish red building beneath a freeway overpass on MLK in North Oakland -- close to the MacArthur BART station. Come for good drinks, stay for good times.
A cafe specializing in good food and good ingredients, locally sourced and organic whenever possible. All baked goods are made fresh daily, by Pastry Chef Tom Purtill.
Watch the game here on one of 21 high-definition plasma-screen TVs, and choose from an even greater number of beers on tap. Evening entertainment occasionally includes comedy, but this is definitely a sports bar. The menu has traditional pub grub like fish and chips or bangers and mash, and less traditional fare like chicken tikka masala and Thai yellow tofu. During football season, the Englander opens early on Sundays for the NFL breakfast. Enjoy your food and drinks inside or on the patio.
This Hayward coffeehouse is a health-conscious caffeine junkie's paradise. All drinks are made with "pi water," which has undergone a special filtration process to enhance its antioxidant power, according to Eon's website. Vitamin-enriched smoothies, Omega-3-boosted fresh sandwiches, European-style desserts, and Eon's signature mulberry tea complement the standard coffee fare. Occasional live music and free wi-fi make Eon the place to be for the Hayward-bound health nut.
The independently owned cafe serves up java from Bay Area-based Barefoot Coffee Roasters, along with a variety of breakfast and lunch items and more.
The atmosphere at Era is upscale, the decor is decadent, and the popular bar attracts a diverse crowd. DJs spin everything from cumbia to reggae, hip-hop, and rock music. There’s a dress code, sometimes a cover charge, and on busy nights there may be a line to get in the door. There are two lounges, strong drinks, and exhibitions of original artwork.
Espresso Roma is a tree-shaded paradise just perfect for studying, reading or catching up with friends. The airy cafe's brew is as thick and strong as any self respecting Berkeley coffee shop should be, and the food is substantial, but the real star here is the expansive sunlight patio.
Thanks to its location, this incarnation of the Espresso Roma chain transcends chain. Occupying the entire corner of Ashby and College avenues, the site is like a cafe village. In the main serving area, there are a plethora of copper-topped tables. A well-situated bar serves beers on tap and Salmon Creek wine. A separate room with free wi-fi provides a quiet workspace. The extensive menu includes many pizza and salad choices, hot and cold sandwiches, baked potatoes, pastries, desserts, and a wide a selection of Fair Trade coffee drinks. On the other hand, it must be said that sometimes the brusque service here falls just short of surly, and the coffee doesn’t garner rave reviews from customers. Still, this is an excellent place to meet a friend for lunch or to enjoy the prime view of passersby while lingering over the New York Times crossword puzzle.
The lounge, which is adorned with 1920s-inspired artwork and furnishings, features a large cocktail list and hosts world-famous DJs and vocalists on evenings and weekends.
This tea shop offers a wide variety of tea and related accessories. Far Leaves stocks single estate, loose leaf teas from around the world. The service is friendly and focuses on the rituals and traditions associated with tea. Far Leaves is a great place to sit, sip, and talk. No wi-fi.