So so much… here is a start
Temescal Alley is kind of happening right now and I am digging it. Aside from the Barbershop there are a bunch of new small shops that have opened. Specifically a new men’s shop carrying Tellason jeans, Taylor Stitch shirts and other fine wear. Down the alleyway is a newer vintage shop that is definitely worth checking out and on the next alleyway over is a killer doughnut shop.
For your post haircut beer (they will give you beer and whiskey at the shop too) I highly recommend The Ave. It is dark, dirty, and has limited selections along with a low tolerance for bullshit… perfect. The people who work there are cool and friendlier than you might think.
Now that you are drunk walk across the street and get a tattoo at Tattoo 13 owned by Freddy Corbin. All the folks there are amazing and you can just get a bit o’ flash to mark the occasion. The Oakland Center For Creative Reuse is kind of amazing, cheap, and weird. Farther down Telegraph, Arbor is a great spot for coffee, local beer, and very pretty stylish girls (and boys too I suppose).
You have lucked out when it comes to food. Bake Sale Betty’s is famous and helped bounce the neighborhood back a long time ago they are known for their fried chicken sandwiches. Here is the inside tip though, Genova in the plaza across the street next to Walgreens is an ancient family owned Italian deli and their sandwiches kick the shit out of anybody else’s. For a nicer sit down kind of deal, Pizzaiolo is a little pricier but probably my second favorite place in the hood.
Some folks will tell you to go to Burma Superstar… it’s ehhh. The Korean Soft Tofu place next door to it is my favorite place by far. I get the Kimchi Soft Tofu Soup order it spicy.
For a slice and some good local beer, Lanesplitters is your best bet.
Now you are wasted, fed, and have some new ink and along with your cut and the new denim you look like a million bucks. So head to the Kingfish, which is another local institution. Maybe that cute lady you saw at Arbor is there and you can ask her to play shuffleboard then order food from the Ethiopian joint across the street. The Kingfish special is $6 and comes with a shot of Old Crow and a Red Stripe.