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A Night In Oakland’s Jack London Neighborhood
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A Night In Oakland’s Jack London Neighborhood

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Updated: 11 January 2017
Located south of Interstate 880 along the Bay’s waterfront sits the Jack London district of Oakland. This once-industrial neighborhood has become a commercial attraction, luring tourists with its urban, waterside appeal and a multitude of nightlife prospects.
© Yolanda Cotton-Turner/flickr
© Yolanda Cotton-Turner/flickr

The Jack London neighborhood, also known as the Loft District, gets its name from Jack London Square, the center of the neighborhood’s commercial heart and the original focus of Oakland’s port operation. Occupying a significant stretch of Oakland’s waterfront, the Jack London district was originally a warehouse and industrial zone containing few commercial attractions or housing. Today, Jack London has transformed completely, becoming home to well-known eateries and entertainment options.

Yoshi’s Oakland

One of Jack London’s most popular spots is Yoshi’s Oakland. This Japanese restaurant doubles as a jazz bar, hosting popular musicians and serving delicious sushi. Patrons have the option to enjoy dinner in a separate section before taking their reserved show seats or enjoy drinks and food alongside the performance. Founded in 1972 in North Berkeley, Yoshi’s has transformed into the best jazz venue in the Bay Area. Check out their website before your visit to view the calendar and book your tickets.

Yoshi’s Oakland, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 238 9200

© Ian Kennedy/flickr
© Ian Kennedy/flickr

Forge Pizza

If you’re not on a schedule, Jack London is a great area to walk around at night and play it by ear. Stroll by the waterfront and the ferry terminal located at the north end of Jack London Square or stop by to see what’s playing at the local movie theater. If you want a quality bite to eat, make sure you visit Forge Pizza. Located next to the Square and open for both lunch and dinner, Forge Pizza serves scrumptious meals in a calming atmosphere. Forge features modern and wooden décor and offers customers the option of sitting inside or out on the enclosed deck.

Forge Pizza, 66 Franklin St, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 268 3200

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© Tony Webster/flickr

Plank

If you’re looking for a truly unique Oakland experience, head to Plank, a beer garden that has it all. Featuring a huge patio and a vibrant indoor activity area, Plank offers food, drinks, bocce ball and bowling. Plank is a great place for all ages, with 18 lanes, as well as interactive video games. And Plank’s patio is the place to be if you’re looking to enjoy a pleasant Jack London night. With its modern lighting and a beer garden that features 50 handcrafted local beers, this part of Plank is not to be missed. Enjoy a view of Jack London’s waterfront while sitting alongside one of Plank’s various fire pits with friends or family. The outdoor space is perfect for a big gathering, whether you’re with a group of colleagues or throwing a party. Check out Plank’s special event offers to see what’s available.

Plank, 98 Broadway, Oakland, CA, USA +1 510 817 0980