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The Layover is a bar, lounge and gallery all in one. The decor is very bohemian and ethnic, with dark wood, beautiful pillows and cushions, and of course being an art gallery, interesting art covering the walls. The bar features an interesting collection of gourmet cocktails as well as a good selection of beer. Often The Layover boasts live bands or DJs to keep things moving on the dance floor.
Bar Shiru is a hi-fidelity bar located close to Latham Square Plaza. Japanese vinyl listening theme bars have been slowly catching up in the United States and Bar Shiru is one of the few that has adapted to this emerging trend The rustic looking interiors are done up entirely in dark wooden panels and furnishings. Crystal tea-candle stands make for centerpieces on their dining tables, adding charm to the dimly lit room. Records stacked up on one-side of an entire wall add an artistic touch to the decor. Listen to some classic jazz music played here by their in-house DJ. Patrons also frequently visit to witness live music performances by local artists.
New Karibbean City is a popular nightclub that is a favorite of the local community. The bar on-site features a plethora of events including DJ sessions, theme parties and live musicals. Concerts taking place at the bar include performances by popular Caribbean artists/bands and DJs from all over the country and beyond. If you wish to transpose yourself to the Caribbean plane, then a visit to the New Karibbean City is highly recommended.
Cafe Van Kleef is located right in the heart of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. The theme of Van Kleef is unconventional and all about the quirky artwork everywhere. The specialty at Van Kleef's is their Greyhound - a drink of vodka with grapefruit juice, which you can watch them squeezing fresh at almost any given point during the night. On most nights in the week, the bar plays live jazz music. Certain nights come with a cover charge so be sure to check details before you head here.
Dogwood is located in Oakland's Uptown district. This cozy bar is decorated with sophistication, featuring dark polished wood, leather upholstered bar-stools and a couple of exposed brick walls, but still maintains a warm and comfortable atmosphere. As far as the offerings go, Dogwood has created a delicious and unique cocktail menu, and also specializes in charcuterie along with cheese plates and small bites like their popular grilled cheese sandwich.