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Posts from — July 2011

Never gonna give you up…

July 29, 2011

The month of July, despite heralding the much-delayed introduction of summery weather, bore mostly bad news for downtown Oakland’s economic development. But there is good news on the horizon, as well as a full plate of cultural experiences for your DTO weekend.

Economic revitalization attempts

Mayor Quan vowed not to give up on keeping the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in Oakland.

Bay Area chain Faz announced it will be taking over the old Verbena space in 1111 Broadway.

Civic leaders pushed for locating the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab expansion near downtown, as part of the Oak-to-Ninth development.

And in cultural news…

OaklandNorth tells legends from Oakland’s oldest bar, Heinold’s First & Last Chance Saloon.

Jack London Square will teach you the foxtrot as part of Dancing Under the Stars, tonight.

Upscale Southern-inspired eatery Pican celebrates Georgia’s peach with signature dishes, desserts and drinks.

The Lake Merritt Hotel’s Terrace Room hosts swing dancing with dinner, on Saturday.

Miss Pearl’s Jam House hosts stand-up comics tonight and Saturday, and on-going.

The new Art Murmur event, called Saturday Stroll, is now every Saturday – so you don’t have to wait a month to get your art on!

The Oakland Museum and its revamped cafe host a Happy Hour with late-night gallery hours.

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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!