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This downtown Oakland club boasts DJs, live music, and comedy in addition to a food menu and full bar.

This sports bar offers NHL, NBA, NFL and college football TV packages on big hi-def TVs for its revelers. There are pool tables, a fireside lounge, a jukebox, and arcade games.

The neon sign outside says “Geo Kaye’s,” leading to arguments over the name being Geo versus George, but these facts are certain: It’s a small, friendly dive bar that caters to an eclectic mix of regulars and hipsters. The beer choices are limited, but there’s a broad selection of liquor. One wall often functions as an art gallery, and there’s a small TV mounted in one corner. The old jukebox was replaced with one of the hulking digital variety kinds, but despite that, the music is still good. This place is dog-friendly, and there’s usually one or two lying around. Everyone ends up chatting toward the end of the night when the booze has set in and the place seems even more intimate.

The sports bar comes equipped with a handful of flatscreen TVs throughout its interior, bolstered by a domestic and imported beer selection and the usual bar food fare like a meat lovers' pizza and chicken wings.

It might sound odd to hear that Golden Tea Garden offers a selection of straw paper hats to wear, but after spending some at this Hayward cafe, you realize it's all part of their lavish attention to detail. The eponymous garden features a lush fountain, beautiful white iron chairs and tables, and a flower mural that enchants without distracting. With more than three hundred different teas to choose from, and delicious cakes like Red Velvet and Champagne to accompany, the Golden Tea Garden offers the perfect respite from the chaotic, overgrown field of life. No wi-fi, but that shouldn't matter, with everything else to catch your attention.

The cozy Temescal cafe is more than just a place to get coffee, though caffeine fiends can look forward to featured local blends that change each month. Good Bellies serves waffles with fanciful flavors like Belgian country bacon and strawberry ginger, along with a rotating menu of frozen yogurt, gelato, and smoothies. If you're looking for something less sweet, there's a sizable sandwich and salad menu.

A cute little cafe that's just spacious enough to afford some seating indoors and out front. The cafe's name denotes an effort to combat the daily barrage of bad news with some caffeine-infused positivity. Aside from coffee drinks, customers can order up smoothies, energy drinks, bagels, sandwiches, and more.

This bar draws a lively and standing-room-only crowd of grad students, hipsters, and blue-collar locals with its cheap drinks, jukebox, Sriracha-spiked free popcorn, student discounts, no-frills vibe, unusually friendly bartenders, and unpretentious attitude. On the weekends, it can be especially crowded. This cash-only dive bar also has a little-known lower level that’s affectionately called “the undergraduate.”

Located in Oakland’s Lake Merritt area, Grand Lake Coffee House offers a full selection of specialty coffee drinks, as well as smoothies, sandwiches, salads, Tara’s Organic Ice Cream, and desserts. There’s also free wifi.

First opened in 1988 by brothers Roger and Ken Ham, the Grand Lake-area sports bar is equipped with an array of flat-screen TVs for patrons to catch games while downing drinks and snacking on a wide selection of appetizers (even escargot), pizzas, and more. Includes a banquet room for large parties.

Gothic architecture meets old-timey, honky-tonk decor at this historic concert hall with brass, gilded mirrors, candelabra chandeliers, frescos, a huge oak dance floor with ample space for 200, two full bars, and a cocktail lounge upstairs. The Great American Music Hall can accommodate corporate parties and banquets.

At the sidewalk tables outside, attractive hipsters enjoy a late brunch — grilled panini, poached eggs and toast, or the waffle of the day with fruit. Inside, animated with the buzz of excellent espresso drinks, still more attractive hipsters converse as soulful beats play in the background. At the counter, laminated tributes to subversive visionaries from Mother Jones to Bob Marley kindle activist sparks. Owners Andrea Ali, Keba Konte, and Rachel Konte are artists who select thought-provoking work to showcase on the walls. Never has the leftist cafe community been so tasty, creative, and mod. Organic, fair-trade coffee served.

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