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Once a favorite hangout for Oaktown pimps of the Fillmore Slim variety — according to urban legend, that is — the Ruby Room is a faux dive across the street from Lake Merritt where DJs spin a wall-to-wall soundtrack of punk, glam rock, and kitschy hip-hop classics. Characterized by its low ceilings, thick nicotine vapors, and scarlet glow, it’s one of the best places in Oakland to chat up sassy indie kids while drinking stiff, cheap drinks like whiskey sours.

Hours: 5pm-2am 7 days a week.

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