Mermaids and mermen are a surprisingly common sight at Dive Bar. Fin-clad entertainers spend their evenings elegantly swimming through the 7,500-gallon aquarium that hangs over the bar’s stone countertops, charming guests as the bartenders mix an array of classic and contemporary cocktails. Exposed brickwork, black-leather armchairs, and a dangling chandelier don’t necessarily continue the nautical theme, but they do contribute to the overwhelmingly luxuriant ambiance.
Live musicians grace the bar’s stage on Wednesdays, whereas Thursdays feature a dueling-piano show that brings to mind Billy Joel and Elton John’s legendary joust to the death. In addition to hosting DJ performances, the lounge pumps out dance-worthy tunes until as late as 2 a.m., even allowing customers to connect their iPods to the sound system and either play their favorite song or the shortest chapter from their favorite audiobook.
The Press Club Wine Bar and Lounge is uptown San Francisco establishment where you can enjoy some of the finest vintage wines, craft beers, and delicious champagnes in all of California. Their sophisticated setting is a celebration of the city’s socialites, providing them with a safe-haven where they can wine, dine, and converse. Their dedication to this philosophy shows- the moment you step in, you notice the sound of good-natured laughter and tinkling glasses. One of the most widely anticipated events by the Press Club is their guest hosting of a new artesian vintner each month. The dates of these tastings are conveniently marked on the events calendar, available at the door.
At On The Rocks, barkeeps serve frosty beers and potent cocktails to old regulars and those just stopping by. Homey, knotted-pine walls surround patrons as they watch football games with friends or join in spontaneous high-production-value dance routines during karaoke.
The Stork Club is Oakland’s premiere venue for all things music related. The Stork Club offers a state-of-the-art sound system that is sure to please artists and fans alike. All you need is your instruments and a few hundred screaming groupies and you’ve got yourself a party. The Stork Club is an establishment that caters to the 21 and over crowd and supplies the best in indie, rock, and underground music. If it’s not on the radio, you’ll probably find it here at the Stork Club. If you’re a band and you’d like to play the Stork Club round up some of your compatriots, fill the card, and make a great night out of it. If you’re a fan, be sure to check the Stork Club’s website often to see who’s playing and when. The Stork Club is your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest in the rock music scene.
The Alley is a downhome neighborhood bar that keeps locals coming back again and again--especially for karaoke! The bar is open every day of the week for late-night fun, and the bartenders make everyone feel special. A dark and mysterious ambience helps shield non-professional karaoke yodelers from the adoring stare of patrons. Hungry guests will find a selection of delicious bar foods, such as fried chicken, burgers and fries. One unique aspect of The Alley is its business card décor; over the years, patrons have left business cards in and around the bar, and now the walls, counters and more can be found to be “wallpapered” with business cards. It certainly offers good reading material while waiting for dinner and drinks. This is one alley you'd love to take a turn down!