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Best California or Tahoe casino
The Biltmore
Aka the guiltmore. — Kristen Sbrogna

Casinos suck. — Leland Levin

Best Ballroom Dancing
Allegro Ballroom
It might get demolished to make way for luxury apartments and a boutique hotel. Let's not make this an obituary; let's stop this atrocity! — Owen Li

Best Video Game or Pinball Arcade
Lucky Ju Ju
A couple of guys dedicated to rehabilitating old pinball machines, science and art. — G C

Playland Not-At-the-Beach
The art alone in the hall of pinball would make this place the best, but you can play all the games too! — Justin Champlain

Best Summer Camp
Because they teach the kids to rock! — N V

Sarah's Science
The kids come home covered in dirt with too many lanyards and too many science projects but way big smiles. — Ann Mohler

Best Health Club/Gym
Downtown Oakland YMCA
Naked politicians in the locker room, woo hoo! — Max Allstadt

If you can afford it! — Ken

Next time, can we do a worst of?
Because I can't find a good gym that's affordable to save my life. — Jessica

Best Sporting Goods Store
Big5 El Cerrito
Cheap BB guns for your next holdup! — Ken

Best Outdoor Store
No hassle returns, even years after the original purchase. — Jessica

Wilderness exchange
Locally run. Buys and sells quality used stuff. Nice folks! — Kristen Sbrogna

Mountain Hardware Factory
Only open twice a year, but what two great weekends those are. — Carmen

Best Yoga Instructor
Carolyn Brown, Mountain Yoga
She's the only person I know who makes me want to put my foot behind my head! — Maia Willcox

Best Pilates Studio
Pilates 580
This is the prettiest studio you'll ever see and the staff is wonderful. I get my butt kicked and love it! — Jackie Walts

Best Classic Car Spotting
Easy Porsche
Saturday morning classic Porsche clubs. — Juanita Carroll Young

Best sports bar
Ed's Mudville Grill
This place is the shit. — Alex Beglinger

The Shack
The bar at Montclair Golf Course. — Leah Irwin

George and Walts
Just 'cause. — Anne Ayers

Best Golf Course
It is the closest thing that resembles playing in Ireland. — G C

Best California Ski Resort
Steeps. — Matthew Novak

Bear Valley
Cheap and no crowds. — Bernie Shellem

The trees next to Burnout. — Stephen Buel

Best Fishing Hole
Lake Temescal
Never any fish, but that's not what fishing is really about anyway, right? — Leland Levin

Best Hunting & Fishing Supplies
Old West Gun Room
They don't do fishing, but they have lots of great guns. — Leland Levin

Best Shooting Range
San Leandro Shooting Range
Very weird and seedy and fun! — Shalene Rose

East Oakland
Stop the violence. — Colette

The question enrages me
Guns are bad — perhaps you didn't get the memo? — Jessica

Best Category We Didn't Think Of (and Winner)
Best archery range
Behind the Chabot Science Center. — Penny

Best bike ride
Morgan Territory. Epic, rural, beautiful. — Mike Hardy

Best place to learn how to striptease
Slinky Productions. — JM


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