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Cyclists Celebrate on Saturday, and the Layover Maintains

October 21, 2011

This Saturday, Jack London Square hosts PedalFest, a celebration of bicycling, from 10am to 5pm! Live music, cycling stunts, bike-powered carnival rides, displays of vintage and handmade bicycles, and a miniature velodrome are highlights of this family-friendly festival of healthy living and fun. Bicyclists will get free ferry rides to and from San Francisco – and of course there will be plenty of bike parking. This free event will benefit Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. See the official website for details.

After PedalFest, the East Bay Bike Party teams up with its cross-bay brethren for an 18-mile, All-Bay Bike Party.

Near Jack London Square, you get an early start on Halloween with a costume party and indie-rock show at new club Vitus (201 Broadway), headlined by Bam!Bam! and Palms Spring.

The Layover (1517 Franklin St) celebrates its second anniversary with a block party on Sunday afternoon. Franklin Street will be closed between 15th and 17th and host live music and top downtown DJs. Sounds like a lot of fun!

After you enjoy this weekend, keep an eye out for a holiday transformation of Old Oakland called Pop Up ‘Hood. See you around downtown!


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!