Opened in 1928, the historic theater was shuttered in 1966 and remained dark until 2009 when they reopened the lovingly refurbished venue with the same wonderful Art Deco interior, gilded ornate glamour, and impressive facade it had in the Roaring ‘20s. Doesn’t matter what you see (world-class rock, blues, R&B, hip-hop...), just see something. Extra credit points if you splurge and impress your date with VIP access. Double extra bonus points if you enter through the secret door in Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe.
The Oakland A’s superfans in the O.co’s right field bleachers redefine superfandom with player-specific anthems, flags, musical instruments, special claps for different outs, and choreographed dances. Doesn’t matter if you like baseball or not (or even if you’re not an A’s fan), you gotta sit there at least once. Bringing your own kazoo from home: optional.
Hit this sailor’s bar in Jack London Square -- made from the bones of a whaling ship and opened in 1883 -- and try not to spill your drink (there’s a crooked floor and tilted ceiling, both gifts of the 1906 earthquake that make this way harder than it sounds).
Soak in the city from the center of the lake. Since 1999, the owners have been cruising lovebirds around the waters in traditional Venetian gondolas. It may be campy, but it's still totally great. Bonus: it’s BYOB.