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Unique, strange little place - Oakland
The Fat Lady Restaurant and Bar: Unique, strange little place

Really a strange little bar.

I think it is worth checking out just for the vibe / ambience.
Some say it was a local "pickup joint.
They serve good quality food - lunch and dinner.

Decor is described as "turn of the century."
A ton of bizarre knickknacks & "tiffany clutter" all over the inside, but it has something.... (je ne sais quoi?)

Tons of stories and history. Legend has it was once a bordello (it feels like it, true or not).
SF Gate describes it as "very refreshing" and I have to agree.

If nothing else, stop in for a drink some evening around 9-10pm and check it out.
I do like this place, & I'm not sure why.

Dress Code: Casual evening to ??? you got me... eccentric perhaps
Check out the website for lots more info.

They now also have a MySpace page

Address: 201 Washington St, Oakland, CA

Directions: By Jack London Square - corner of 2nd and Washington. Here are complete DIRECTIONS

Phone: (510) 465-4996

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Website: http://www.thefatladyrestaurant.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 6, 2009
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my "illegal" foto of Pat Martino quartet - 3/3/05 - Oakland

my "illegal" foto of Pat Martino quartet - 3/3/05

Yoshi's: Some of the best Bay Area Jazz

If you like jazz, Yoshi's (along with my favorite Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in Seattle ) is one of the better jazz clubs in the United States.

Decent sound and lights, top jazz artists in the world, and to top it off, tasty sushi you can eat either in the restaurant section, OR brought to you in the club while you watch the artists perform.

If you go to Oakland and you miss Yoshi's, you need to try it again.

YAHOO! - now Yoshi's has a club in the City at 1330 Fillmore at Eddy

Dress Code: None that I know of. It's a dark jazz club.

I suppose you can dress up a little if you're going to eat in the restaurant vs the club.

by the way, they do not let you take fotos, even without flash (??)

(I can understand how flash fotos can break your concentration.
I played music for years, got "flashed" damn near a million times & it never stopped me from playing. But they will "jump" you even if you are correctly and discretely taking professional non-flash fotos.
What's up with that? and all bands need pub..... what bs... boooo!!)

Address: 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA 94607

Directions: One the embarcadero by the water in / by Jack London Square

Other Contact: yoshis@yoshis.com

Phone: (510) 238-9200

Theme: Nightclub

Website: http://www.yoshis.com/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2008
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Catch a flik - Oakland
Jack London Theater: Catch a flik

If you're in town on business but you don't feel like clubbin' or killing brain cells, right next to Yoshi's and all the restaurants is the Jack London Theater.

Address: 100 Washington St Oakland, CA 94607

Directions: Right next to Jack London Square, corner of Embarcadero and Washington

Phone: (510)433-1325

Theme: Theater

Website: http://www.fandango.com/theater.asp?theater_id=AAFCC_LIVE

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 9, 2005
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Moe's - Oakland


Jack London Bar: Put on your high heel sneakers

Not for the squeamish, this place is for late night crawls when you are up for anything. They have an excellent juke box. The regulars do NOT like having their picture taken.

Almost a dive, lots of personality, don't make extended eye contact with local patrons unless your intention is to know them personally.

I will not get into specifics of all the strange things that have happened to me & friends / business associates in this truly local bar just off Jack London Square. Just be prepared for anything from boredom to striptease to fistfights (not necessarily in that order)

Dress Code: If you dress up, you're asking for it.

This is where you play pool, drink, and try to stay out of trouble.

Address: 444 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Directions: Right next to Jack London Square on the embarcadero. (watch out for the train).

Phone: 510-832-6637

Theme: People Watching

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 30, 2005
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Thanks 2 sftours for the photo- mine got "munched" - Oakland

Thanks 2 sftours for the photo- mine got "munched"

Paramount Theatre: Oaklands Great Venue for Entertainment

Thankfully it seems some US cities were smart enough not to demolish all their classic old theatres. Beautiful Paramount theatres are in lots of different cities.

Denver has one, Seattle has one, and Oakland has one. These places are wonderful architectural eye candy, and excellent venues for music, movies, and art.

The Oakland Paramount art deco interior and exterior are beautiful, and you can see a classic film, hear a classical concert by the Oakland symphony, catch a standup comic, then experience world class jazz or rock (from Bob Dylan to Pat Metheny), all in the same week.

Ambience and acoustics, like the one in Denver, are in my opinion outstanding.

If you're going to Oakland, always check the website first to see what's going on at the Paramount.

Photo: For some reason, the digital camera demons munched my nite shot of the paramount, so thanks to sftours for their copy. I return in April and will give it another shot.

Dress Code: Depends on the venue.

Address: 2025 Broadway Downtown

Directions: 2025 Broadway between 20th and 21st Streets in downtown Oakland

Phone: 510-465-6400

Theme: Theater

Website: http://www.paramounttheatre.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 22, 2005
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