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.
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 thirty-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.
Lounge 3411 transmits some Uptown flavor to the lower hills, with a mix of DJs, comedy nights, and local bands. There's also a sizable stripper-pole-equipped dance floor.
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 dimly lit dive bar has seventeen beers on tap and scores of specialty drinks. It's a cool place to play pool or one of the bar's multiple video-game machines.
Veggie-centric small plates, microbrews, and gorgeous lake views rule at this new beer garden and restaurant, located along the southeast side of Lake Merritt.
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 its televisions. Customers can also enjoy a full bar.
Stage Left Cellars, based in Oakland, specializes in Rhône varietals. The winery sources its grapes from vineyards all over the West Coast, bottling Paso Robles-grown Viognier, Grenache, and Syrah, in addition to Pinot Noir (and Grenache) grown in the Santa Maria Valley, and Syrah from the Santa Ynez Valley and the Rogue Valley in Southern Oregon.