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Best things to do in Oakland

Museum
“Great Museum, the architecture is amazing and worth the trip - but they always have an interesting exhibit. Friday nights food trucks, and dancing and open late until 9pm”
292 locals recommend
Cinema
“Step into this piece of history and see the latest films in ornate auditoriums. You can easily find it by its large, animated light displays: fireworks on the roof and a waterfall of fire over the marquee. Although movies are shown with the latest projectors and sound systems, this historic landmark opened in 1926 showing vaudeville and silent films, and is considered one of the top ten vintage theaters in the United States. Today, you can still catch a matinee for $6!”
240 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“The Fox Oakland is a music venue featuring world-class touring musicians of all genres.”
155 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Delicious thin crust pizza with other great options. You can either have dinner in the front, or hang out at the bar in the back. I believe they're also open for brunch. ”
136 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“Beer, food, and a mix of couches and chairs for seating. Check out the programming!”
118 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Went to see the Old Masters exhibit, the museum is right by the BART station, easy commute from San Francisco. Beautiful building, and I liked to see lots of places to sit and rest a little. It stands out as one of the best! Each and every exhibit is outstanding and the space is beautiful. Not too big/overwhelming so perfect for an afternoon. Great cafe at the top too. Highly recommend!”
84 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Fab outdoor beer garden in the heart of downtown Oakland. A bit loud, and food is just ok, but sweet sweet space.”
89 locals recommend
Mac & Cheese Restaurant
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“Amazing mac n cheese joint with different flavors for everyone to enjoy. A personal favorite is the garden pesto mac! ”
91 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Great restaurant, tapas style small food plates and meeting place with friends. Bar and music scene on weekends”
87 locals recommend
Night Club
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“Popular, small and intimate jazz venue -- great viewing in most seats. Also wonderful Japanese food -- if you have a dinner reservation, you get an advantage for better seats. ”
78 locals recommend
Music Venue
“I am a tour guide here and also game show host for classic movie nights. I love this old grand theatre”
82 locals recommend
Brewery
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“A fantastic local brewpub with a beautiful patio. It's a few miles away but one of our favorites.”
80 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Authentic, amazing haute-casual Mexican food in stylish but low-key setting.”
95 locals recommend
Theme Park
“A magical theme park, a special place. Grownups must have a kid to get in. ”
80 locals recommend
Theatre
“Check to see what's playing. Great option to see something different and also close to great restaurants.”
65 locals recommend
Bar
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“Famously weird bar next to City Hall. Excellent greyhounds, good music. Very Oakland.”
79 locals recommend