The Scoop is your resource for all the latest and greatest events, restaurant and bar openings and retail news happening in Downtown Oakland! Explore the features and categories below to get local insights about the best places to eat in Downtown Oakland, best venues to enjoy live entertainment, Oakland’s hottest retail shopping, live music, and more! To truly experience Downtown Oakland in all of its authentic glory, you’ll want to come back time and time again.

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The historic Fox Theater and Paramount Theatre consistently feature some of the hottest performances on tour while places like The New Parish and The Flight Deck offer amazing live music and theatrical performances. If you are looking for some after dinner drinks and entertainment, Downtown Oakland hosts an exciting range of options. Check out the legendary Cafe Van Kleef, an Oakland institution serving up the best Greyhound in town. Looking for a few laughs and some artfully crafted cocktails with names that pay homage to Oakland’s history? Head over to Comedy Oakland at Spice Monkey, voted the 2016 Best Place for Comedy by the East Bay Express. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Our business directory has a more comprehensive listing of live performance, music and entertainment venues in Downtown Oakland. You also might want to visit our Happenings page for a live feed of upcoming events.

Lake Chalet New Year's Eve
New Year’s Eve Celebration at Lake
New Year's Eve at Lake Chalet
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The Sound Room Oakland
The Sound Room Oakland Jazz
A community supported live music venue dedicated to jazz, R&B and world music.
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Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City
Max's Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center, recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine.
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The Golden Bull
The Golden Bull offers a fun healthy environment, a huge variety of beverages served by a knowledgeable friendly staff, live
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Punchdown Oakland
The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle
The Punchdown is a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop in Oakland.
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Comedy Oakland
Comedy Oakland produces live standup comedy shows at venues in Oakland. The shows feature up-and-coming comedians alongside industry pros, from
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Chris Pastena
Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar
Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We will
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Woods Bar and Brewery, craft beer in Downtown Oakland
Woods Bar and Brewery
Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for
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The New Parish hosts Oakland Music Festival
The New Parish
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming
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