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LGBTQ+ Things To Do
Oakland embraces the original and the creative- the more outlandish, the better. Visitors and residents alike feel free to be themselves here and immerse themselves in our diverse city. Our inclusive community will make you feel safe to explore as you wish, but here are a few businesses that are owned, or well-respected, by our friends in the LGBTQ community to help get your planning started! Want to learn more about Oakland? Check our these stories on Oakland's LGBTQ Nightlife and Creative Scene.
Where to Eat
Shakewell is a casual neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant with a Spanish twist. The vibrant bar is the center of the restaurant where our guests meet to share food and drinks from our seasonal menus. Diners looking for great food in a warm, fun atmosphere will find it in our beautiful Oakland restaurant.
Tay Ho Vietnamese Cuisine
Featuring regional Vietnamese dishes such as Bun Cha Hanoi (Hanoi Trio of Pork), Hanoi Turmeric Fish with Dill (Cha Ca La Vong) and the Crispy Crepe (Banh Xeo) to name a few. All of Tay Ho’s dishes display exquisite flavors of traditional Vietnamese cooking but display the “happy marriage” of the California and Bay Area influence on this already exceptional cuisine.
Home of Chicken and Waffles
Fun and friendly diner decor sets the stage for fried chicken with flair.
Organic espresso and coffee bar serving Blue Bottle coffee, sandwiches, salads and other treats. Their Pulled Pork Adobo Sandwich is a hit
Where to Drink
After years of living, working and loving in Oakland, their team noticed a common complaint among the diverse, yet ever growing LGBT community in Oakland. Despite the fact that every day Oakland seemed to get better, safer and open the doors of another fun place, there was no seven day a week gathering place for the LGBT community in our thriving downtown. Their team, armed with background in small business entrepreneurship, economic development and community service sought to change that. The...
Northern California’s Premier Gay and Lesbian Latin Nightclub. The location features 6 full bars, multiple dance floors, smoking patio, state of the art sound and lighting systems, ample street/garage parking and less than ½ block from BART. Download the Club 21 Oakland APP for info on upcoming events at the Club and Pride Events in Bay Area.
Club BNB (Bench & Bar)
Northern California’s Largest Gay and Lesbian Hip Hop Nightclub has newly been renovated and features multiple dance floors, full bar on each level, smoking room, state of the art sound and lighting systems, ample street parking and less than ½ block from BART. Download the Club 21 Oakland APP for info on upcoming events at the Club and Pride Events in Bay Area.
Minimo is a neighborhood wine store that focuses on small-production, independently owned wineries that follow sustainable practices. We offer thematic wine tastings every Wednesday from 5-7pm, and Saturday from 12-7pm. We also have a large selection on wines from Bay Area winemakers, many of whom don't have tasting rooms. We also have two wine clubs. One of the clubs is called the "Home Team" and is exclusive to winemakers who either live in the Bay Area or make wine here.
Where to Shop
Show and Tell
Show & Tell is a concept shop, gallery, and gathering space located in vibrant downtown Oakland that serves as a platform for sustainable and socially responsible apparel, accessories, and gift items.
Adult Retail Establishment specializing in mature products as well as vintage pieces, fine erotic art, vintage magazines, albums and Antiquarian books.
Laurel Book Store
Cozy bookseller featuring an eclectic collection, welcoming author readings & special orders.
Other Can't Miss Locations, Events, & Businesses
The Queer Gym
They are the First and Only LGBTQ Gym in the nation! They are owned and managed by members of the LGBTQ community to serve members of the LGBTQ community. The Queer Gym is not only a gym but it is a place where people from all different backgrounds can come a feel accepted while they work to get a happier and healthier lifestyle with outgoing and supportive people!
Oakland Museum of California
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history, and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic, and social forces...
This is Oakland Bike Tours
This Is Oakland Bike Tours provides small group cycling tours led by a fourth-generation Oaklander and educator. These tours cover historical, cultural, sociopolitical, foodie and fun facts about The Town. Whether your interests lie in soaring art deco architecture, vibrant murals, African-American history or gourmet ice-cream crawls This Is Oakland Bike Tours has a tour for you from a local's perspective. No matter the tour, you will come away with a better appreciation of why folks Hella Love...