downtown oakland
Downtown Oakland circa 1910

New and old in Old Oakland

October 15, 2008

This week, Old Oakland celebrates the new and the old by closing a block of Washington Street Thursday and Friday evenings. I like to tell people it’s a pedestrian-oriented event, since the street is closed to cars and there’s not much bike parking. The neighborhood is Oakland’s Transcontinental Railroad-era downtown along Broadway and Washington from 7th to 10th.


Last Thursday Night Live party

This summer, The New Old Oakland merchants’ group and Oakland Events have closed a block of Washington every other Thursday. A band and DJs, a beer garden, and the usual establishments combine to draw old and new friends from across the city.

This Thursday brings the series of outdoor parties to an end with a performance by Julio Bravo’s ten-piece salsa band. Skyy Vodka sponsors the “beer” garden from 6p to 9p, and all of Old Oakland’s excellent restaurants and cafes will be open as well.

Thursday Night Live Finale

Featuring Julio Bravo’s Salsa Band

Washington St between 8th and 9th

6p – 9p, Thursday Oct 16


Pacific Coast Brewery Anniversary

As brand-new businesses celebrate their success, Old Oakland’s venerable establishments have no problem finding an excuse for another block party. This Friday the Pacific Coast Brewery celebrates its 20th year selling craft beers and simple California-style pub food (the addition of a deep-fryer a few years ago was a nice addition, too). Bands, a special anniversary beer, and 1988 prices are on tap on Washington this weekend!

Pacific Coast Brewing Company

20th Anniversary Block Party

Washington St between 9th and 10th

5p – 10p Friday Oct 17

Also, celebrate at 906 Washington on Saturday Oct 18


When checking out the old and the new in Old Oakland, have a look down 8th Street to see what will be new in a few months: the Trappist and Tamarindo are both expanding in their Victorian block. As reported earlier, popular Belgian beer temple The Trappist is taking the next storefront, currently unused (but hosting a lovely window display). In new news, critically-acclaimed Mexico City-style restaurant Tamarindo will take over the former New World Vegetarian restaurant, more than doubling its capacity.