Located in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, Barclay's is popular for its extensive food menu and thirty beers on tap. Its outdoor patio is pet-friendly and often crowded on warm evenings. Inside, darts and TVs keep drinkers occupied.
This bakery and cafe serves up pastries and coffee drinks, as well as sandwiches (served on its house-made bread) and salads.
A favorite among students, The Beanery serves up coffee drinks, pastries, bagels, ice cream, and whatever else you need to power through a long study session. During finals, it's as quiet as a library. Ample tables and power outlets, and free wifi.
Housed in a renovated brick warehouse in the heart of SOMA, the club hosts a regular mix of live shows, dancing, and other events, from gay dance parties to line dancing.
Characterized by its checkerboard Formica floor, sparkly walls, and hot pink facade, this vintage-style (the bar actually opened in 1998) Mission District salon has all the accouterments of an actual beauty bar, including rubber-stooled dryer chairs (the ones with those space-helmets designed to incubate your new perm) and, if youre lucky, a cute hipster manicurist to paint your nails. Not to mention the drinks are reasonably priced, especially for San Francisco. Beauty Bar gets packed on the weekends (and some weekdays) when rotating DJs come to spin hip-hop, funk, pop, and classics.
Oakland's emerging beer renaissance finds a firm foothold at Beer Revolution, located near Jack London Square. Inside, a bevy of beers on tap includes local selections, Belgian and German styles, and microbrews from across the country. Perhaps even more impressive are the large coolers lined up against the wall opposite the bar, stocked with four hundred of the world's finest and rarest brews. Take one to go or enjoy it on the sunny front patio for a $1 corkage fee.
The swanky Old Oakland restaurant and bar boasts seven high-definition TVs, pool tables, and even an illuminated "wet bar," in addition to a high-end VIP room with a full bar, Italian leather couches, and a "Vegas-style" restroom. Class. Full catering and bottle service available for private parties.
Ben & Nick's is the perfect place to catch up with friends, with loads of tables of varying sizes, a long bar ripe for hunkering down for a few hours (and pints), and a variety of beer on tap that changes daily (as well as a full bar).
With eight full bars, a billiards room, smoking lounge, and multiple dance floors, it's easy to believe Bench and Bar's claim to the title of the Bay Area's biggest gay and lesbian dance club. The Friday night Latin Explosion party moved with the name to this Uptown location, (though other Bench and Bar favorites remain at what is now Club 21 a few blocks away), and Saturdays is Club Rimshot, a hip-hop and R&B LGBT party. Other nights are a mix of dance, house, and Latin music. Free wi-fi and a daily happy hour cater to the after-work crowd.
The south of Mission dive bar attracts a rock 'n' roll-type crowd with semi-regular live punk shows and other debauchery-inspiring events.
This sleek, loungey little wine/sake bar boasts an interesting menu of nigori cocktails, a dozen or so largely satisfying noshes, and an ambient conviviality that belies its proto-IKEA design scheme.
This coffee shop on College Avenue caters to coffee geeks. It serves local roasts by Ritual, Barefoot, Flying Goat, Verve, and De La Paz, and offers pastries as well as other snacks. It’s spitting distance from the Rockridge BART station, and has a screen that tracks the next trains. There’s free wi-fi, and some seating inside and out.
Located at the crest of North Beach, this old-timey nightclub is decked out with plush scarlet interiors, disco balls, and a curved stage. The old-school Art Deco decor recalls an era when San Francisco venues booked cabaret shows and bebop bands while the clientele dangled cigarette holders and sipped now-obsolete bourbon drinks; Bimbo's now showcases big-shot rock, pop, funk, R&B, and soul acts in a setting that feels intimate and private.