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Berkeley, CA

Berkeley, CA is situated on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay and has historically been a major hub for education, political expression, and the arts.  It is home to UC Berkeley, the oldest campus in the University of California system, and was also the epicenter of many of the American civil protest movements of the twentieth century.  Berkeley also has a vibrant arts and music scene which is inextricably linked to the city’s history of progressive political movements and civil unrest.

Curated By: Sugar Candy Mountain, Everyone is Dirty, The Seshen, FAN

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Berkeley, CA
venue
Fox Theater
Live music venue in a historic building housing an art school, bar, restaurant, and courtyard.
1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612, United States
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shopping
Down at Lulu’s
A vintage clothing boutique, hair salon, and rock 'n' roll record shop all in one!
6603 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, California, United States
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outdoors
Lake Temescal
Located next to the junction of highways 24 and 13 in Oakland, Temescal is a convenient urban oasis, popular for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking.
Lake Temescal, Oakland, CA, United States
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landmark
Oakland California Temple
This Mormon temple has become a local landmark due to its impressive architectural style and prominent location in the Oakland Hills overlooking the city.
4770 Lincoln Ave, Oakland, CA 94602, United States
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Lake Merritt
Lake Merritt is a large tidal lagoon in the center of Oakland, California, just east of Downtown. It is surrounded by parkland and city neighborhoods.
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA, United States
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coffee
Mama’s Royal Cafe
Retro coffee shop is a busy local favorite serving hearty breakfasts and lunch fare since the 1970s.
4012 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611, United States
coffee
Lois the Pie Queen
Corner cafe serving up Southern hospitality with its popular fried chicken, pies, and breakfast items.
851 60th St, Oakland, CA 94608, United States
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bar
Eli’s Mile High Club
Former blues institution, now a bustling dive bar with Cajun-inspired bar bites, live bands, and beer.
3629 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94609, United States
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Rockridge Improvement Club
Mellow neighborhood watering hole for craft cocktails and beer in comfortable, cabin-style quarters.
5515 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618, United States
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The Avenue
Formerly known as Connolly's, this neighborhood bar straddles the line between dive bar and community melting pot.
4822 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94609, United States
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Missouri Lounge
DJs spin a variety of tunes, from funk to garage rock, in this unassuming hangout with a patio.
2600 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States
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Ruby Room
Compact, edgy hangout offering a selection of cocktails, beer, and bar snacks, plus DJ music.
132 14th Street, Oakland, CA 94612, United States
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Blind Tiger
"Blind Tiger! The Happy Hour Oysters are it. Sitting in the back seat of the van on tour- I’m dreaming about those oysters and wishing i was back in Oakland!! I love the road but living on pizza, tacos, and cup o noodles is nothing compared to those oysters. The ambiance is so pretty too. It’s underground and I can’t even describe it but it’s real nice."  —  Everyone Is Dirty
2600 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612, United States
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Starline Social Club
Vintage-chic ground-floor bar and lounge plus an upstairs ballroom in a historic former saloon space.
2236 Martin Luther King Jr Way, Oakland, CA 94612, United States
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food
Berkeley Bowl
Berkeley Bowl is an independent grocery store in Berkeley, California. Owned by Glenn and Diane Yasuda, it sells organic and natural products and has an extensive produce section.
2020 Oregon Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States
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Sam’s Log Cabin
Landmark former speakeasy now serving classic comfort breakfast food and diner-style lunch selections.
945 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706, United States
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outdoors
Fire Trails
"The Fire Trails between Strawberry and the UC Campus have always been an inspiring place to run, hike and collect myself."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
425 Lower Fire Trail, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
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Amoeba Music Berkeley
"Amoeba Records isn't a boutique per se but it is my favorite spot to shop in Berkeley. They have a great international section and I've snagged some cool vinyl from there."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
2455 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
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UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
"The UC Botanical Garden does a summer series at their amphitheater in the redwoods. It's a pretty unique setting to see music."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
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hotel
Claremont Hotel and Spa
"I guess if you can afford it the Claremont is a historic landmark, but I'm from here so I've never had to get a hotel."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
41 Tunnel Rd, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States
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coffee
Philz Coffee
"Philz on Cedar, you wouldn't believe how many incredible musicians have worked there over time. The New Manhattan black is my order."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
1600 Shattuck Ave #100, Berkeley, CA 94709
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food
House of Curries
"The House of Curries on College, we always go here when we get back from tour. It's cheap, the people are nice and the food is delicious."  —  Sugar Candy Mountain
2984 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States
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landmark
Valley Life Sciences Building
"Valley Life Sciences Building on the Cal campus - they've got a T-Rex!"  —  The Seshen
Harmon Way, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
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outdoors
Tilden Regional Park
"Tilden is absolutely gorgeous and endless. We love hiking there, we've thrown joint birthday parties where we've jammed and camped out. We've visited the Little Farm to hang out with the animals. It's great."  —  The Seshen
2501 Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Orinda, CA 94563, United States
shopping
Mars Mercantile
"I love Mars! That's where I found the dress I wore in one of our music videos (Flames & Figures) and countless pieces that have been classy regulars in my wardrobe. It's right there on Telegraph and has a cool, spiral staircase and it's well-organized and well-curated." — The Seshen
2398 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
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Nick’s Lounge
"Our friend's been hitting up Nick's and has had a good time with wonderful cocktail specials. You can go any day of the week and is pretty lively. Haven't been yet, but definitely going to make it out one of these days!"  —  The Seshen
3218 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States
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Hearst Greek Theatre
"The Greek Theater is such an amazing place to see a show with excellent views wherever you sit along with possessing a sense of intimacy as you watch your favorite musician under a beautiful night sky."  —  The Seshen
2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA 94720, United States
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coffee
Alchemy Collective Cafe and Roasters
"I've had some lovely friend dates at Alchemy Collective, a worker-owned coffee shop. I usually get a black tea. It's a small, cozy place with good vibes."  —  The Seshen
1741 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, United States
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The Albatross Pub
"Albatross (or Albatboss if you trust the sign on the wall) - Berkeley's oldest pub and coziest dive, one of the best places to grab some drinks and popcorn and play darts all night. Excellent selection of board games and Belgian microbrews." — The Seshen
1822 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States
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food
Vik’s Chaat Corner
"They've been going strong for 25+ years since it was a guy at a table in an Indian grocery store serving pani puris. It stopped being a well-kept secret years ago, but the food is still as delicious as ever. Get the Chole Bhatura - a giant sphere of puffy floppy deep fried goodness!"  —  The Seshen
2390 Fourth St, Berkeley, CA 94710, United States
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outdoors
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve
"Claremont Canyon - it's a really quick and steep trail up to the top of the Berkeley Hills, the whole time your back is turned to a panoramic view of the entire Bay, but when you finally get to the top out of breath and turn around, it's pretty astounding."  —  FAN
Claremont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States
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shopping
Slash Denim
Opened in 1979, this shop carries a variety of jeans and corduroys, plus tops, jackets, and accessories for men and women.
2840 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States
bar
Jaguar Karaoke
Karaoke bar featuring private singing rooms for parties of all sizes.
2516 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
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The Starry Plough Pub
Irish standby for pints, pub grub, and entertainment like open-mike nights, Celtic music jams, and more.
3101 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705, United States
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bar
Berkeley City Club
"Berkeley City Club - designed by Julia Morgan, first woman licensed as an architect in California. The space serves as a bunch of things but it's nice to just go walk around and grab a coffee."  — FAN
2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704, United States
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coffee
Highwire Coffee Roasters
"Highwire at Flowerland Nursery - get launched on caffeine while looking at plants, consider life changes."  —  FAN
1330 Solano Ave, Albany, CA 94706, United States
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bar
Wolfhound Bar
Old-school neighborhood bar for classic cocktails, a jukebox, and vintage wallpaper & decor.
5516 San Pablo Avenue, Oakland, CA 94608, United States
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coffee
Casa Latina Bakery
"Pretty unassuming place that doubles as a bakery. They make their own tortillas, have a long breakfast menu and don't shy on the spice. Order the tacos dorados, they grill mold 2 homemade tortillas together like a Venn diagram so that they make one long taco shell, it reminds of the long forgotten Taco Bell Grande." — FAN
1805 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94702, United States
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