Where can you treat all the senses at once when going out for a night of fun? These venues offer some of the best entertainment in East Bay. Eating, drinking and listening to music all in the same location, what could be more perfect?
347 14th St.
Oakland, CA 94612
For music and eats off the beaten path in Oakland, Disco Volante is a funky Chinatown joint that offers a full calendar of great music and delicious dining. The menu highlights a selection of savory foods like salads, seafood, soups and appetizers. Whichever night you choose to come, there is usually a fabulous band playing tunes that’ll help put maximum swivel in your chair. For a detailed list of upcoming shows, visit Disco Volante’s calendar.
UC Berkeley Campus
2001 Gayley Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
Just like a classic Greek theatre, the astounding acoustics emanating from this stage will give your ears a tuneful treat. The concessions within the theatre offer healthy eats and beer and wine options. The seating is also just like the theatres from ancient times and, unless your posterior is made of feather cushioning, bring a blanket or some padding since this seating is blanketed with concrete. Parking is somewhat difficult. Plan to walk about 15 minutes from Downtown Berkeley Bart Station and AC Transit.
1131 24th St.
Oakland, CA 94607
Personal chef Philip Gelb offers a monthly series of ‘underground’ dinners and concerts where renowned musicians, handmade cuisines and select wines are catered to personal parties from two to 200 guests. Tofu marinated in soy and smoked with oolong tea leaves or Panang curry with kabocha squash, lotus root and homemade tempeh marinated and roasted in red miso, pomegranate molasses and spices are just some examples of the melt-in-your-mouth dishes of fresh, simple and organic ingredients. Since seating usually fills up quickly, call to reserve your dinner for one of these fantastic evenings of fabulous food, wine and music. The chef himself happens to be a well-known Shakuhachi flutist. To view Phil’s calendar for upcoming events, visit his Facebook page.
2020 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA 94704
For a wide-ranging mix of musical styles (from folk, blues and bluegrass to traditional music), F&SC is a music hall and coffeehouse designed for those who want to enjoy stunning acoustics and delicious sweets and drinks within a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The coffee house offers tea, coffee, sweet treats, wine and beer to patrons. If you are hankering for a larger mouthful for dinner, there are a few restaurants within a five-block radius of the venue. Click here for a listing of restaurants near F&SC.
3105 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94705
For all things Latino, La Peña Cultural Center lets you enjoy listening to classical Cuban sounds and savor amazing food. La Peña offers an eclectic array of musical flavors. There are many ethnic shows, not just for the Latino-loving crowd, but also for those who enjoy listening to other cultural genres of music such as Middle-Eastern and hip hop. Café Valparaíso at La Peña claims to serve the best Chilean empanadas in the Bay Area. For information or reservations to the café before the show, call (510) 841-3800, or visit the café’s website. For positive people, performances, eats and energy, La Peña packs a powerful punch.