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Dog days of the DTO

August 26, 2011

As summer comes to a close and many local artists decamp for a desert, the fast pace of downtown slows a bit. But there’s no shortage of events and openings this late-summer weekend to entertain you! From annual events to old movies, here’s a roundup of what’s happening this weekend, DTO.

Sistahs Steppin’ in Pride, an annual lesbian pride event encircling the Lake, holds its final march tomorrow morning.

This weekend is the Chinatown Streetfest, a celebration of culture centered around 9th and Franklin. If you missed Tower of Power last weekend, you can see Bump City, a Tower of Power Tribute Band, on Saturday!

Not one but two new bars are slated for Broadway in the Jack London District. One will have a soft opening next week and a formal opening in late September, the other will open in December. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

The Oakland Museum is receiving plaudits for its John Muir exhibit, running through January.

This is the last weekend to experienced Peachfest at Pican – dinners featuring peaches, with bourbon and wine pairings as well.

Make Westing, a steampunk-inspired bar across 18th Street from the Fox, opened this week. It’s already getting good buzz for its great location and outdoor seating.

Dr. Strangelove is playing at the Paramount tonight, closing off the Paramount Movie Classics’ summer season.

Next week: First Friday and details on the new spots!

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A midnight repast in the DTO?

July 22, 2011

Downtown Oakland is quickly becoming known for its nightlife and its thriving restaurant scene. But can these two things come together for a decent nighttime meal? While downtowners await the forthcoming later hours of Hawker Fare, several establishments offer quality dining until 10pm or later. Below, a list of good food available in the wee hours of the DTO.


Punchdown wine bar serves sandwiches and salads along with exotic and organic wines until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 2212 Broadway.

The upscale Plum restaurant, which will soon expand and add a full bar, serves a late-night food menu from 10pm to 1am every night. 2214 Broadway.

Uptown anchor Luka’s presents its bistro-style menu until 1am most nights. 2221 Broadway.

New taqueria Xolo whips up tacos and empanadas, with plenty of outdoor seating, until 11pm. 1916 Telegraph.

Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe is a great spot for a midnight grease run, with its organic diner-inspired cuisine served until 1am. 1805 Telegraph Ave.

City Center & SOBO

Disco Volante, recently named “Best Late-Night Dining” by Oakland Magazine and “Best Grub at a Club” by the East Bay Express, lives up to its reputation with a hearty menu served until 1am Thursday – Saturday, and midnight the rest of the week. 347 14th St.

Across the street from Disco Volante, a new spot has opened at 14th and Webster with late hours serving the international food of bar-hoppers: kebab.

Old Oakland

Penelope offers sandwiches, soups and snacks alongside its signature spicy cocktails until 11pm every day. Clay at 10th St.

Jack London Square

Jack London Square’s Bocanova serves its pan-American dinner until 11pm on Friday and Saturday nights. 55 Webster Street.


And if you are desperate for dinner at an ungodly hour downtown, New Gold Medal holds down the fort in Chinatown until 3am. 389 8th St.

Honorable Mention

The Layover at 1517 Franklin and Somar Bar at 1727 Telegraph invite food trucks and vendors to their establishments on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

With so many options, and so many of them opened in the last two years, it appears that downtown’s nightlife and dining scene have become complementary. Let me know if I’ve missed any late-night restaurant downtown!