Top Things to Do In Uptown & Downtown
Oakland is often referred to as the central hub of the Bay Area. Which makes the Uptown Downtown District Oaklands main line. Oaklands entertainment capital comes alive at night with a host of new restaurants, hip bars and an arts scene that's one of the best in the country.
Oakland Art Murmur
Oakland Art Murmur is most famous for First Friday but offers so much more to the city. The collection of galleries brings the community together and strives to ignite a lifelong love and appreciation of art. Its something everyone needs to experience.
100 Grand Ave
This seafood spot meaning by the sea recently received a Michelin Recommended Rating and strongly encourages eating with your bare hands. Dive in and grab some peel n eat white gulf shrimp.
1900 Telegraph Ave
The art deco restaurant matches the art deco style of the two Uptown theaters (more to come on those). They've got to-die-for handcrafted cocktails and a dinner menu to match. Try a Suffering Bastard with your NY strip.
Tucked in an alley off Broadway and 23rd Street in Uptown Oakland, Drake's Dealership is a full-service restaurant with 32 beers on tap. The crown jewel of the beautiful space is a grand open-air beer garden, featuring fire pits, Adirondack seating, and live music several days a week. Enjoy a wood-fired pizza and sample our fresh beer, brewed right here in the East Bay.
Working to provide the very best Mexican region-inspired cuisine, combined with the rebel spirit of Oakland, Calavera create an eclectic experience unmatched in the town. Their unique perspective on classic Mexican includes reimagined traditional cuisine, modern cocktails, and one of the country’s largest selections of tequila and mezcal.
499 14th Street
No sugar, No salt, No oil, No additives - No junk. CORE Kitchen is a place where you can eat anything you want and feel your best. 100% of their ingredients are organic whole fruits, veggies, & herbs.
Caf Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave
Locals and visitors alike love this bar Uptown for the unique and quirky feel. You're getting a freshly squeezed greyhound while you wonder where all the stuff on the walls came from.
You can play Bocce ball inside! What more do we need to say about this incredibly entertaining industrial bar?
Era Art Bar and Lounge
19 Grand Ave
Part art gallery part cocktail lounge, Eras one of the trendiest places you'll find in the neighborhood. Weather you want to hear a DJ spinning or take in one of the new collections you'll no doubt come away impressed.
1807 Telegraph Ave
Head to the iconic Fox to see some of the biggest stars from music and comedy. The theater opened in 1928, still has the feel of a by gone era except with all the modern amenities.
This spectacular art deco performing arts venue, built in 1931 is home to the Oakland Ballet and Symphony as well as regularly hosting R&B, jazz, blues, pop, rock, gospel, comedy, plays, lectures and screenings of classic films throughout the year.
The New Parish
579 18th St
The indoor/outdoor entertainment venue always has some kind of show going on weather its comedy, reggae, EDM, world music or something else The New Parish is always poppin.
Where to Stay
Clarion Hotel Downtown Oakland City Center
371 13th St
Business, pleasure or both the Clarion has you covered. Located in the heart of downtown the property provides easy access to the convention center and all of the arts and eats you can handle.
Oakland Marriott City Center
The largest hotel in Oakland doesn't disappoint with spacious rooms, easy access to BART and stunning views of the San Francisco Bay.