The Sound Room Oakland Jazz

The Sound Room Oakland
Jazz at The Sound Room in Oakland

ENTERTAINMENT

www.soundroom.org

A community supported live music venue dedicated to jazz, R&B and world music presented in an intimate listening room. We feature the best from the region, the nation and the world.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We had been hiring bands for our own private events for almost 20 years. We eventually started a monthly house concert series that presented live jazz for almost 4 years. We quickly realized how few decent venues were available for professional musicians and how little the bands got paid. We decided to search for a location where we could support music with a room designed for attentive audiences. We signed a lease on our current spot almost 5 years ago and opened November ’12. We have steadily improved the space but have been very frugal. We have a core of volunteer helpers that make it possible to present over 150 shows a year.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Great music presented in an intimate venue which respects musicians.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The vibe of the changing downtown/uptown district. The city, county and state agencies have been good to us but have not contributed any financial support.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
The Octopus

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A community of music lovers who buy tickets and world class musicians who perform.

Max’s Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center
Max's Diner & Bar Oakland City Center

DINING

www.maxsoakland.com

Max’s Diner & Bar is a cornerstone in the Oakland City Center community and has been recognized for its outstanding Classic American cuisine, excellent service and the best Happy Hour deals in the area!
Join us for Happy Hour daily 3-6 PM! We show all the games on our big screens at the bar

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
Part of Bay Area local New York-style deli chain with mile-high sandwiches, old-school feel & upbeat atmosphere.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
Customers love our big portions and famous recipes of sandwiches, salad, and desserts.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
It has so much history behind it and it’s so fast developing nowadays! People keep up with their roots and love to celebrate life with great music and food, as we offer!

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Homeroom with their mac and cheese

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The Mystery Gnomes.

The Golden Bull

ENTERTAINMENT

www.thegoldenbullbar.com

The Golden Bull offers a fun healthy environment for patrons to relax and unwind. Our bar offers a huge variety of beverages served by a knowledgeable and friendly staff. Fresh fruit squeezed daily. We offer a great happy hour and night time live music and DJs that bring a diverse and fun crowd, full of locals and people from all over the world.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
The current owners frequented and played music in this establishment over a decade ago, when it belonged to a previous owner. It was always a fun place to be and left us with great memories. We had a vision of breathing life back into these walls with an updated feel to it, while maintaining the classic nostalgic feel of downtown Oakland.
We are grateful to be able to make it possible for locals and travelers alike to continue to create more of the great memories and great times in what was then and still remains… The Golden Bull.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
Our business offers a diverse crowd, friendly knowledgeable staff, live music, comedy, in a comfortable environment offering a pool table, pin ball machines, photo booth and big TVs and projector to watch televised events.

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Almost everything is within walking or riding distance, if not, BART is always available.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Oaklandish, Dogwood, Oakland Metro, Sacred Tattoo, Five & Dime Tattoo, Portal

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
Joaquin Miller Park, Lake Merritt BBQs, and live music of all genres.

The Punchdown Wine Bar and Bottle Shop

Punchdown Oakland

DINING

www.punchdownwine.com

We are a natural wine bar and kitchen with a temperature controlled retail wine shop. We do private events and have an amazing natural wine club with benefits. Happy hour everyday 12pm – 6pm with $5 glasses of wine.

Q. What inspired you to start your business?
We were open for 3 years in the neighborhood (2010-2013). After we lost the old space we decided to relocate our wine bar. We did a lot of the design and work ourselves (of course, only possible with a little help from our friends.

Q. Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business?
We do our own thing and refuse to compromise with our wine selection. I mean, how many wine bars can you find Johnny Cash paired with your Pineau D’Aunis?!

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people here are rad – they are so open-minded to our different wines and style of doing business.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
All of the grassroots businesses that are not only inspirational to us, but make us proud to be a part of Oakland. After living here for many years, our list just keeps getting longer of places we are excited to check out.

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
We love nature, so Lake Merritt and all of the parks/hikes in the hills. Oaktown has the most amazing people and businesses – making us one of the most diverse and coolest cities in the world. We are stoked to contribute to the vibrant hub that is Oakland.

Comedy Oakland

thursdays and saturdays

www.comedyoakland.com
Thursdays and Fridays at 8 pm
The Washington Inn
495 10th Street
Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 pm
Spice Monkey
1628 Webster Street

Number of years in Oakland? 7
Comedy Oakland produces live standup comedy shows at venues in Oakland. The shows feature up-and-coming comedians alongside industry pros, from around the USA and world. Our comedians have been featured on TV, Radio, Comedy Festivals, Late Night Talk Shows, Competition Winners, and have performed on every habitable continent!

Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes. We produce great comedy shows with a cheap ticket price, & provide food and drinks without enforcing any drink minimums like other big clubs. Being in BART accessible locations in Oakland saves patrons a lot of time (driving in and out of the SF) and money (parking, tolls etc).

Q. What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
Oakland provides diverse, smart and sophisticated crowds that appreciate smart, poignant humor along with silly and outrageous jokes.

Q. What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Spice Monkey, The Washington Inn, Shift Local, The Sound Room, Marhaba restaurant, The New Parish, and Pan Theater

Q. What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A home for my comedy shows!

January 2016 | ENTERTAINMENT

Calavera, Lungomare and Chop Bar

Chris Pastena

DINING

hiveoakland.com/space/calavera
2337 Broadway

www.lungomareoakland.com
1 Broadway

www.oaklandchopbar.com
247 4th Street

Number of years in Oakland: 10

Our newest restaurant, Calavera, will be offering regional Mexican food, utilizing the great ingredients of the Bay Area. We will also feature one of the largest Mezcal and Tequila selections in Oakland.

From Chris Pastena

Q: What inspired you to start your business?
My love of food!!

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
My thought is that we are not afraid to take chances and do things in an authentic manner.

Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
The people and the community support.

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
Oaklandish, Brown Sugar Kitchen, The Hub, Numi Tea, Show and Tell, Dogwood, Boot and Shoe, Mad Oak, Lake Merritt Kitchen, Side Bar, Oaktown Spice.

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
The lake and a diverse community!!

Woods Bar and Brewery

Woods Bar and Brewery, craft beer in Downtown Oakland

DINING

www.woodsbeer.com
1701 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
Number of years in Oakland: 7 months

Woods Beer Co. is a small brewing company with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. We make adventurous beers for curious drinkers. Woods Bar & Brewery is our flagship brewery, bar, and lush indoor-outdoor beer garden in the heart of Uptown Oakland.

From Jim Woods

Q: What inspired you to start your business? 

I grew up in Lafayette and used to buy homebrewing supplies in      Berkeley at Oak Barrel. After years of homebrewing, I developed a recipe for a beer brewed with yerba mate. I took it to market and later opened a brewpub in San Francisco. We decided to open another brewpub in Oakland because of the rich art, music, food & drink culture. 

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business. 

We brew small batches of fresh, exciting, and experimental beers, often in collaboration with other local artisan producers.

Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland? 

First off, I live here. There’s also a great pool of talented workers to draw from – we’ve got a great team! I also appreciate the public transit, it’s so easy for employees and customers to come to our business. The community has been very welcoming as well – many neighboring business owners have given me great advice and support.  

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland? 

Cafe Van Kleef, Duende, Yoshi’s, 99% Invisible, Zachary’s, The Crucible, Urban Stitch (great gifts for my wife), Pandora, Luka’s Taproom.

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without? 

Cultural diversity

The New Parish

The New Parish hosts Oakland Music Festival

ENTERTAINMENT

1743 San Pablo Ave, thenewparish.com
PEG offers a top tier music venue in The New Parish that features the best of the best of upcoming talent across all Genres. We also have a great cocktail lounge in The Rock Steady and a cafe with The Speakerbox Cafe on the same block. Leo’s is the best venue for emerging artists in the East Bay with a great intimate setting.

G-Eazy @ New Parish Hall, Oakland, Ca 12.27.2012
Number of years in Oakland: 5

From Jason Perkins, of Parish Entertainment Group

Q: What inspired you to start your business?
A: My business partner and I had worked in the music industry in San Francisco for most of our adult lives but in Oakland, we saw a whole new scene that had an authenticity that our hometown was starting to lose. We saw a business and artistic culture that was far more wide reaching and which inspired us to really push the boundaries of what we we wanted to do with music venues. We could embrace the many micro scenes happening in the East Bay rather than cater to the few left we had in SF.

Q: Tell us in one sentence why your customers love your business.
A: Our customers love The New Parish and Leo’s because we are delivering great talent in a small environment at a great price.
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Q: What’s the best thing about doing business in Oakland?
A: The people who work for the city of Oakland actually live in Oakland and so want to see you achieve your dreams.

Q: What are some of your favorite local businesses in Oakland?
A: The Layover is just this amazing scene of so many different folks all rocking out to great tunes and cocktails. It’s a Gem.

Q: What’s the one thing Oakland offers that you couldn’t live without?
A: Oakland is made special by the diversity that exists and we can never forget where our strength is derived from.