Quality Inn University
1761 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
Phone: (510) 841-4242
Fax: (510) 649-8100
A long time favorite of students in search of the perfect place to study, it is a haven for those looking for a wooden-tabled coffee house that is open late and does not get too raucous. Despite its roomy interior, the dark wood and rustle of lecture notes will put you at peace and allow you to hunker down with a mocha and focus on that 19th-century tome. In addition to the many caffeinated choices and standard pastries, it also offers soups and sandwiches throughout the day, and a selection of gourmet desserts.
Care to sip a local, organic local beer while enjoying authentic Bay area performances? Visit Space Lounge for it's art shows, open mic nights, karaoke nights, live bands, burlesque shows, and improv comedy shows. If you're hungry, you'll be pleased to find that many of their menu items feature local and organic ingredients. Check the website for scheduled events.
This favorite is full of congenial spirits (both the drinks and the regulars), fish and chips and some of the best in local and Irish bands. Enjoy over two dozen beers on tap, including an impressive selection of local brews and ales, as well as the usual suspects (Guinness, Rolling Rock). There is a small dancefloor that fills up during live performances, but also features locals who jump on in for folk dancing. Traditional Irish dance lessons are held on Mondays, and Happy Hour lasts from opening to 7p.
Located near the Ashby BART station, Nick's Lounge is a favorite Berkeley spot for those looking to sip on a few cocktails and unleash their inner Whitney Houston. With karaoke every night, this lounge ensures you will hear your fair share of singing, though no one can guarantee if it'll be on pitch or not. For some more... refined performances, Nick's also hosts jazz and East Bay-themed open mic nights to showcase unique local talent.
Expect the frills of any late-night partyhouse at this underground nightclub on 39th Street. The club reverberates with lively post punk pop and hardcore rock music given out by various local and national bands. Adding to it is the spacious dance floor which serves as a playground for those energetic souls who just cannot resist dancing to the tunes. The ladies are taken care of in a special way during the weekly Ladies Nights, where they can avail of special discounts on drinks and enjoy the live music. In the past, bands like Blasfemme, MRSA and Las Malas Pulgas have charmed the crowd with their performance.
A venue that has been a part of the city's night scene since the 1970s, Eli's Mile High Club is an institution in Oakland. A combination of a restaurant, dive bar, music venue, and art gallery, Eli's is a one-stop spot for all your dining, drinking and entertainment needs. Artists and musicians from all over the country, and beyond, come here to perform in an intimate environment, in front of eager crowds. The menu offers well-known and much loved delights like burgers, fries, wings, and onion rings, but of course, all have their own Eli's twist. However, do carry some cash, as the bar does not accept credit or debit cards. To know more, see the website.
Touted to be the among the biggest gay and lesbian nightclubs in the East Bay, Club 21 is a popular spot on Franklin Street. Buzzing with theme nights, happy hours, go go dancers, pride parties and comedy acts, this club and bar is a welcoming space for everyone who wants to have a good time.
In business for over 50 years, The Alley offers a nice variety of beef and drinks. One can enjoy their meal in a homely atmosphere with live piano and people singing, creating a jovial and comfortable ambiance. A dive bar, it is visited by regulars who come to enjoy and casual and relaxed evening.
Among the discount hair supply stores and gas stations that line Oakland's always-interesting Telegraph Avenue sits an enormous blue neon sign that reads "Uptown". Since first opening its doors in 2005, The Uptown has become one of Oakland's premier venues to hear music that is just as eclectic as the town itself. The 30 foot long mahogany bar has over 12 beers on tap, as well as the garden variety of mixed drinks and wines. Though there may be a cover charge on show nights, it shouldn't discourage you from stopping by and enjoying one of Oakland's finest clubs.
Tropicana is a nightclub located in Oakland's popular and trendy Uptown District. The Tropicana's DJ's spin Latin as well as American dance music for ages 17 and up. The club often hosts special theme nights and private events as well.
Caña is a restaurant, cafe and lounge located right next to scenic Lake Merritt. The cafe serves coffee drinks and a small selection of Cubano sandwiches, salads and soups. Next door, the restaurant and lounge serves Cuban specialties like Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo. On weekends, they host a brunch of Cuban as well as American favorites along with bottomless mimosas and live music in the afternoons. Sundays Caña calls "Sunday Funday" and has live salsa parties in the afternoon and evenings.
The Layover is a bar, lounge and gallery all in one. The decor is very bohemian and ethnic, with dark wood, beautiful pillows and cushions, and of course being an art gallery, interesting art covering the walls. The bar features an interesting collection of gourmet cocktails as well as a good selection of beer. Often The Layover boasts live bands or DJs to keep things moving on the dance floor.