Old-school neighborhood bar for classic cocktails, a jukebox, and vintage wallpaper & decor.
“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
Irish standby for pints, pub grub, and entertainment like open-mike nights, Celtic music jams, and more.
“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
“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
Vintage-chic ground-floor bar and lounge plus an upstairs ballroom in a historic former saloon space.
“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
Compact, edgy hangout offering a selection of cocktails, beer, and bar snacks, plus DJ music.
DJs spin a variety of tunes, from funk to garage rock, in this unassuming hangout with a patio.
Formerly known as Connolly’s, this neighborhood bar straddles the line between dive bar and community melting pot.
Mellow neighborhood watering hole for craft cocktails and beer in comfortable, cabin-style quarters.
Former blues institution, now a bustling dive bar with Cajun-inspired bar bites, live bands, and beer.
“It has a great vibe and intimate band room where you can catch some amazing local artists. You can order Greek food from the restaurant across the road. The calamari souvlaki is amazing.” — The Teskey Brothers