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Specializes in under-$15 bottles and offers $1 Saturday tastings.

Makes the handsomest cupcakes and cookie sandwiches around out of high-class ingredients like imported Belgian Chocolate and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla.

This chocolate lovers' paradise proffers drinks, pastries, and bars such as chocolate dulce de leche pudding and chocolate Thai iced tea.

Chandeliers and mahogany create a ritzy lounge environment in which to enjoy up-scale drinks and dining.

Lets you choose from a world’s worth of cheese; it’s picnic central, and the breads are often still warm from the oven.

A French bakery offering rich galettes, brioches, and croissants — the latter sold plain or laced with chocolate, fruits, and nuts.

If the Pleasanton Hotel seems a little too formal, head across the street to the Main Street Brewery, where everything is looser and livelier. This is adult entertainment primarily for Pleasanton’s thirtysomething-and-older crowd. The Main Street features free blues and rock shows on Friday and Saturday nights. There’s a full menu with usual bar food: burgers, sandwiches, and salads, plus a kids’ menu.

Pacific Coast Brewing is located in an elegantly restored historic building in Old Oakland that harks back to the Gold Rush era. The microbrewery hosts free blues and jazz acts about once a month, but it’s known for its large selection of beers -- 24 on tap -- as well as its tasty selection of common bar food, including burgers, pizzas, and other deep-fried snacks. On weekend nights, especially in the summer months, Pacific Coast Brewing can become a crowded, lively place, especially because of its large, heated, outdoor patio.

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