IN OAKLAND, THE PARTY is never constrained to the weekends. In fact, throughout any given month, there are plenty of opportunities to “turn up” virtually any given day of the week, for locals and tourists alike. Here’s a seven-day guide for going out in Oakland and exploring the nightlife in the Bay Area’s hippest city.
In Oakland, a “case of the Mondays” comes with something special; namely, you should hit up the popular Uptown Nightclub on Telegraph Ave, between 19th and William, for the weekly burlesque and variety performance by the Bay Area’s own world-famous Hubba Hubba Revue. The club, known for strong and reasonably priced drinks, hosts a variety of acts throughout the week and has a loyal local following.
For a slightly classier evening of craft brews and good company, head to The Trappist in Old Oakland, on 8th between Broadway and Washington. With a killer rotation of Belgian beers and a dedicated clientele, it’s a great way to see where Oakland locals go to decompress early in the week.
Last Monday of the month? I couldn’t not mention Nerd Nite East Bay, a regular night of drinking and geeking out to lectures (for example, June’s event featured bees and adult dodgeball). They also have DJs and live performers. My kind of Monday night party.
Believe it or not, the week really starts to pick up after Monday. At SomaR Bar, just around the corner from the Uptown, it’s 2-for-1 drinks night, which always makes for a good start to the evening. Or maybe you’re looking for something a bit more chill, preferably involving food? Shoot over for what some locals call “the only real Taco Tuesdays” at Lounge 3411 on MacArthur, where they serve a variety of gourmet Thai, Korean, Mexican, and Filipino style tacos and epic drinks…and have a brass pole in the middle of their dancefloor for a little later in the evening.
Then again, if you’re in the mood to get your groove on immediately, bounce to the Layover Music Bar & Lounge on Franklin between 15th and 17th, where the music bumps all night on Tuesdays — at no cover charge.
It’s hump day, so for something completely different, and a wholly different flavor of Oakland, check out the Ecstatic Dance, which happens every Wednesday and Sunday. This “good clean fun” event (hosted in the massive Historic Sweet’s Ballroom on Broadway) is all about acceptance, and dancing as freely (read: strangely) as you want with a crew of like-minded individuals from all walks of life.
Afterward — or even beforehand — scoot over to local favorite Lost & Found for some killer eats (I hear the pulled pork is superb) and an extensive selection in their beer garden. The best part? They have ping pong and carnival games like beanbag toss (which they call corn hole…for whatever reason).