Berkeley, California is a city in the East Bay region of the Bay Area. It's known for its leftist politics, hippies and bums, gourmet food, and large university.
University of California, Berkeley.
Lawrence Hall of Science.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre ("Berkeley Rep"), 2025 Addison Street (near Shattuck; 2 blocks north of Berkeley BART station), 647-2949. Hours vary, normally Tu-Su 8PM-11PM, Sa-Su 2PM-4PM (matinee). With its consistently high-quality productions of contemporary and historical plays, the Berkeley Rep is one of the primary centers of theater on the West Coast. The theater is also very pleasant, in a modern way. $35-$55 (varies by night; half-price students and seniors, $20 under 30). http://www.berkeleyrep.org/
Telegraph Avenue. Check out Cody's Books, Moe's Books, Rasputin Music, Ameoba Music, and the unforgettable dynamic streetlife.
Venezia. An high-quality, upscale, but not too expensive Italian restaurant with great décor on University Ave.
La Mediterranee. A fun pan-Mediterannean restaurant in the Elmwood District on College Ave.
"'Ozzy's Soda Fountain'". Inside the Elmwood Pharmacy, lies a Berkeley treasure since 1921, a real old-style soda fountain with great shakes and sandwiches and breakfast food.
Top Dog, a Berkeley institution, with locations on 3 sides of campus (Hearst, Durant Ave, and Center St.) Amazing hot dogs. The Durant location is the original, and is, really the only one worth going to. Open until 2 am M-F, and until 3 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Chez Panisse. Chez Panisse is the origin of California Cuisine, and still is the best representation of the style that focuses on local produce in season. Fixed price menus downstairs, which usually require a reservation a month in advance. It's worth it, though. The cafe upstairs offers more variety, and it's easier to get a table. Still, if your parents are paying, try to book downstairs. 1517 Shattuck Ave, (510)548-5525.
Saul's. In North Berkeley on Shattuck Ave. A really good Jewish deli (well, about as good as you get in these parts) with outstanding pickles.
Blue Nile, 2525 Telegraph Avenue, 510-540-6777. The ambiance is interesting, with pictures of Ethiopia and beaded curtains. The presentation isn't proper Ethiopian; you get individual plates, instead of all the food on one injera in the middle.
"'Kabana'", on the corner of University Ave. and San Pablo Ave., this great Pakistani restaurant is one of the anchors of West Berkeley. The daily specials are always good. Goat curry is outstanding.
Acme Bar, new bar down the street from Lanesplitter. Great vibe. 2115 San Pablo Ave.
Albatross, what a fantastic bar. It has several dart boards, a pool table, and lots of board games behind the bar. Sunday nights they run a trivia contest. 1822 San Pablo Ave.
Beckett's, New Irish pub decorated to look like an old pub. Multiple floors, plenty of nooks, plenty of whiskey. 2271 Shattuck Ave
Brennan's, Working-class pub with cafeteria-style food. 4th & University.
Jupiter, the inside of Jupiter smells like old beer. The backyard patio is fantastic, though. They have a huge selection of beer, including their own microbrews. 2181 Shattuck.
Lanesplitter, This is a fantastic new bar on San Pablo Ave. Lots of great beers, a large backyard patio, and superb pizza. 2033 San Pablo Ave.
Pyramid Brewery, massive brewery/restaurant, serving Pyramid Ales. 901 Gilman St.
Starry Plough, Relaxed atmosphere. The walls are decorated with fantastic anti-government posters. They have Irish dancing on Monday nights, and local bands during the rest of the week. 3101 Shattuck
Thalassa, a billiards hall of grand proportion with a nice jukebox and a couple of pinball machines. Open from noon to 1 AM. 2367 Shattuck Ave @ Durant (near Downtown)
Triple Rock. Good brewpub with light pub fare and shuffle board. 1920 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, like most of the East Bay, is in the 510 area code.