Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center
Ashkenaz is a popular dance club and show venue, featuring music and artists of Balkan, Blues, Cajun/Zydeco, Middle Eastern, African, Caribbean, and Reggae persuasion. Ashkenaz is family/child friendly.
An 18-and-over San Francisco club, City Nights is one of the few clubbing options. The club generally plays hip hop, Top 40, and dance music, and is only open Saturdays, 9:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.
Shattuck Downlow is probably the only real club in Berkeley; every night has a particular theme ranging from salsa, to karaoke, to hip hop. Most patrons are older and not UCB students. The bar and club are actually pretty swank, with plush couches and subtle lighting, but the Downlow has yet to escape its cheesy reputation.
2284 Shattuck Ave.
San Francisco's premiere up-scale dance lounge for 18-and-over. The lounge provides electronic dance music in a unique multi-level venue.
The Bear's Lair Pub
The Bear's Lair attracts a wide variety of students with its cheap drink specials and event nights. On most weekend nights, you'll find athletes, Greek scenesters, and groups of students and adults just hanging out.
2475 Bancroft Way
By far the most popular reason students attend this dark Irish pub is Trivia Tuesdays, the weekly trivia competition that begins at 10 p.m.
2271 Shattuck Ave.
Blakes on Telegraph
Attempting at a little more style than the other bars, Blakes is a tri-level bar and dance club that has drinks on the second and third levels and live music in the basement. The clientele is diverse, ranging from Berkeley townies to underage lushes.
2367 Telegraph Ave.
Henry's Publick House & Grille
Henry's attracts an older crowd on most nights, but at around 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, it transforms into a sweaty, crowded meat market. Their infamous "Two for Tuesdays" drink specials aren't so special once you take a look at the size of their cocktails, but it's still fun to think you've drank six long islands instead of three.
2600 Durant Ave.
The favorite for late-night (if you can call 1:30 a.m. late night) drinkers, Kip's is where everyone ends up when all the other bars close. Drinks are cheap, girls look cheaper, and everyone is having a good, drunk ole time.
2439 Durant Ave.
Most people will say that Raleigh's has the least obnoxious and most laid-back scene out of all thebars, but it closes at midnight (sorry night owls)
2438 Telegraph Ave.
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This bar and jazz lounge was built for the ritzy Claremont crowd but is also open to the public. With comfortable furniture and sexy, dark lighting, it doesn't feel tacky and immature like most other places that welcome 18-year-olds.
41 Tunnel Rd.