Providing birds with free, windowless housing is the best way to apologize for centuries of creepily watching them with binoculars. Make up for the public birdbath with today's Groupon: for $45, you get $100 worth of handmade birdhouses at Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses. In addition, Groupon buyers are entitled to lifetime membership to the Birdland Jazzista Social Club in Berkeley at no additional cost.
Michael Paranyo's birdie bungalows and avian mansions, handcrafted from recycled materials, have caught the attention of human eyes by being featured on HGTV and Bay Area Backroads. Rakish cuts of distinctive wood imbue the houses with a rustic feel, and roofs made of copper sheets lend a ramshackle charm to the domiciles. The town and country birdhouse ($99.95) evokes the appealing simplicity of the Great Plains, and themed pieces such as the chez noir birdfeeder and restaurant ($99.95) flaunts fashion with its dual-story design, ladder, and glass doorknob. Placate feuding families of lovebirds with two smaller birdhouses, such as the townhouse-style south Berkeley starter home ($49.95) and the Rustic A-frame outfitted with fig branches and a perch for romantic balcony scenes in which fowl lovers long for the ability to fly away like a human.
Groupon customers and passable emus also gain free admission to Birdland Jazzista Social Club events, which are organized by Paranyo and feature free eats and local jazz. These casual dinner-club gatherings facilitate community-oriented fun on Friday nights with Southeast Asian barbeque from the Multi-Culti Grill enjoyed amid the ad hoc accents of a converted garage. Groupon buyers are entitled to lifetime memberships, but individual events may be subject to availability.
Berkeley Rustic Birdhouses owner Michael Paranyo was featured in the San Francisco Gate, and the Birdland Jazzista Social Club was featured in Berkeleyside. Three Yelpers award the birdhouses a five-star average rating, and another six give the Birdland Jazzista Social Club events an average of five stars as well.
- The brainchild of artist Michael Parayno, better known as the Bird Man for his one-of-a-kind rustic birdhouse creations made from recycled materials, the grill-and-groove venue has been bringing a little cultural nightlife to an otherwise sleepy stretch of Sacramento Street opposite the North Berkeley BART station. – Sarah Henry, Berkeleyside
- The best place to go on Friday night in Berkeley!! Amazing people, great music, delicious food!! I can't wait to go again... – Maraiaika w., Yelp, 9/10/10
1733 Sacramento St.
Berkeley, California 94703Get Directions