There's a cool billiard place...
There's a cool billiard place called Thalassa on 2367 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley, a short drive from Oakland. They have regulation tables, a large bar, and great rates: $5/hr, and $10/hr after 9pm. The staff are super friendly.
There are also a lot of shops and eateries in the Berkeley area.
Paramount TheaterGrand Lake...
Grand Lake Theater
Paramount and Grand Lake are old, fascinating, art deco - In the Grand Lake main theater, an organist plays. Paramount has either live shows or old, classical movies. The symphony and ballet have recently won acclaim for greatly improved performance. The best thing to see at the Paramount is Christmas concert of the Interfaith Gospel Choir.
Dress Code: casual
If you can catch a show at...
If you can catch a show at Yoshi's, do it. They get great jazz acts in there all the time, and it's a great room. There's a Japanese restaurant attached that is ok, but you don't have to eat there to catch a show.
Dress Code: Nothing too strict, but don't wear jeans, t-shirts, baseball hats, etc.
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.
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