bars | cafés | clubs
16th Annual Art & Soul Oakland
August 20 & 21, 2016
The City of Oakland’s flagship festival that launched a downtown renaissance, will celebrate its Sweet 16 with two big days of music, art, dance and food, including the Oaktown Throwdown BBQ Competition. Professional and backyard pit masters from all over California will show off their skills while competing for cash prizes. The public will be invited to view the action up close and, for a small fee, sample succulent BBQ ribs, chicken and pork. As in previous years, tens of thousands are expected for a festive weekend showcasing the Best of the East Bay. This year’s lineup will spotlight Oakland’s hot music scene and legacy, featuring dozens of top local bands performing Blues, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Jazz, Rock and more. The full lineup will be announced in early June. Additional highlights include the return of the mesmerizing Turf & All-Styles Dance Battle; the Bay Area’s hottest urban, world and modern dance troupes; scores of artisans and an interactive Family Fun Zone.
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25th Street Collective
A collective of local, sustainable businesses offering slow-food and slow-fashion artisanal items.
477 25th St.
Tu-Sa 11a-11p; 1st Fr 6-10p
Authentic Bagel Company
Opening July 1. Information forthcoming from cafe.
463 2nd St.,
A world-class, organic espresso bar and art gallery in the heart of downtown Oakland. New Broadway location is now open.
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Ice cream, sorbets and yogurts with all-natural ingredients, right by the ferry terminal in Jack London Square.
505 Embarcadero West,
Su-Th 11a-10p, F-Sa 11a-11p
Quick and delectable breakfast and lunch items with everything is housemade from the creamy yogurt and fresh bread to the delicious chocolate.
Lattes, smoothies and Italian sodas as well as pastries and baked goods. Celebrating five years.
M-F 10a-7p, Sa 11a-7p
Information forthcoming from venue.
461 Second St.
M-F 6:30a-2:30p; Sa 7a-3:30p
Café Van Kleef Contemporary Art Gallery
A side street of Paris. Jazz, Blues and R&B. Bedecked with artifacts from around the world, its bar is “as hip as anything in the Mission District, but friendlier” says the San Francisco Chronicle.
1621 Telegraph Ave.,
Simple and elegant-legendary coffees, breakfast and lunch.
817 Washington St.,
M-F 7:30a-4p, Sa 8a-3p
In Oakland's Jack London Square neighborhood serving breakfast, lunch and dinner using the finest ingredients found in the Bay Area.
247 4th St., #111,
M-F 7a-3p, Tu-Th 5:30-10p, F 5:30-11p, Sa 9a-3p & 5:30-11p, Su 9a-3p & 6-8:30p; Happy Hour Tu-F 4:30-6p
Very inviting café atmosphere, attentive service and great tasting and
varied food selection. New California cuisine with Latin influence.
719 Washington St.,
Commonwealth Cafe and Public House
Cafe & pub featuring British-style craft beers, pub food and always showing live European football matches.
2882 Telegraph Ave.
M-Sa 9a-10:30p; Su 9a-3:30p
Encuentro Cafe and Wine Bar
Organic vegetarian and vegan cuisine with organic wine and beer by the glass.
550 Second St.,
Servicing artisan coffee, beer & wine, gourmet paninis and salads in a great space for people to gather to eat & drink, work and enjoy good company.
33 Grand Ave.,
M-Tu 7a-7p; W-F 7a-9p; Sa-Su 8a-6p
Fat Cat Cafe
Just a block away from the Fox Oakland Theater, the cafe dishes out delicious bowls of soup and hearty sandwiches.
1720 Telegraph Ave.
M-F 7:30a-6pm, Sa 12-6p, open late when Fox Theater has shows and First F
Japanese-inspired bistro and bar located two blocks from the Fox Theater.
1915 San Pablo Ave.,
Tu-Sa 11a-11p; Su 10a-11p
Pastries, sandwiches, blended drinks. Spoken Word and Poetry.
1428 Alice St.,
M-F 7a-6p, F-Su 8a-6p, Cash only
Cuisine inspired by coastal Italy. Restaurant has bar and lounge area plus outdoor patio. Adjacent cafe open for morning coffee and pastries.
(Jack London Square),
M-Th 7a-10p; F 7a-11p; Sa 8a-11p; Su 8a-10p
OB’s Coffee Shop
Come enjoy a home-style breakfast & lunch atmosphere. Daily lunch special & all day fresh coffee.
729 Washington St.,
Old Brooklyn Café & Bakery
Café serving fresh-baked bagels and pastries along with sandwiches and breakfast.
M-F 7a-7p; Sa & Su 8a-5p
A playful new café serving international cuisine with beautiful service. Relax with good food.
1628 Webster St.,
M-F 11a-10p, Sa 5-10p,
Opening soon. Information forthcoming from cafe.
362 17th St.,
The finest purveyor of coffee, tea and pastries.
M-F 5a-7p, Sa 6a-7p, Su 6a-6p
Sweet Bar Bakery
Now open. Information forthcoming.
Tea Here Now
Oakland's teany, tiny tea house serving high-quality tea, tea wares and tea treats.
1721 1/2 Webster St.,
M-Th 7:30a-3:30p, F 7:30a-5p, Su 1-4p
Beer garden with house-made sausage.
2318 Telegraph Ave.,
Tu-F 11a-10p; Sa-Su 10a-10p
Uptown Cafe & Crepes
Bringing healthy and savory food options to the local Oakland community. The perfect gathering place for professionals, students and local residents wanting a healthy meal before work, during lunch or on the weekend.
410 21st St.,
M-F 7a-4p; SA 8:30a-2p