2532 Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Phone: (510) 538-9501
Fax: (510) 538-9487
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.
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.
A popular nightspot that features everything from blues to contemporary jazz music, mostly performed by local artists.
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.
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.
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.
The Oakland Metro is a non-profit, black box performing arts venue and art space located in Jack London Square. A converted warehouse, it opened in December 2001 with a production of Gertrude Stein's Four Saints in Three Acts. It regularly hosts open mic nights, concerts, circus acts, comedy shows, theater, and various other productions. The venue is open to all ages. Visit the website for calendar of events and ticketing information.
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.
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.
Head towards this countryside concert venue to enjoy some head banging, along with many other rock fans. Various events are held at Saddle Rack throughout the year. If you think you don't have the right moves while partying, then join one of the dance classes conducted here. They teach you dances specific to the occasion. While you are dressing up be careful to stick to the long list of rules on your attire given on the website.
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.