What you’re getting: Greyhound
Old-school dives aren’t in shortage in Oakland, but our favorite is Café Van Kleef, not only for the greyhounds (which are made with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice), but for the crazy, punk-rock, Grandma’s attic vibe the space gives off (once you go, you’ll know). Bonus: if you’re seeing a show at the Fox, show your ticket for $1 off drinks.
Also worth hitting up: just-opened Darling’s Elixirs (by the folks who brought you Bar Dogwood, and conveniently located directly next door to it) and Cathedral (scheduled to open summer 2015).
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Jennye Garibaldi is an award-winning writer & editor living in the Bay Area. When she's not creating content for outlets like Lonely Planet, Afar, and Out Magazine, you can find her eating, drinking & shopping her way around Oakland and San Francisco... all in the name of future research, of course. You can follow her on Twitter @jennyegee.
Daisy Barringer is the SF Editor for Thrillist and she has to admit she's starting to come around on Oakland. Even if it is all the way across the bay. Tweet her @daisy to tell her other places she needs to go.