Whether you have a couple days or a couple weeks in Oakland, weekends are bound to be exciting. For both tourists and locals, weekends are when Oakland comes alive, from the restaurants to the events and even the crowds. It’s all a matter of finding the right thing for you to do on your Oakland vacation. That will depend on your interests, of course. That said, here are some popular spots or ideas for your Friday night in Oakland to get you started when it comes to your inspiration.

Grab a Bite To Eat
Most of a vacation is about going out to eat, and Friday night is the perfect night to do so. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, you can find restaurants that offer take-out so you can enjoy it from your hotel room or restaurants with outdoor seating for the full experience. Restaurants like Grand Lake Kitchen for a casual, locally sourced dinner; or Brotzeit Lokal with its beautiful waterfront beer garden; or Eve’s Waterfront for something a little more elegant.

Go Out For Drinks
This is a popular idea wherever you are, but there are some excellent breweries, urban wineries, bars, and nightclubs in Oakland. Runway Spirits is a particularly popular cocktail bar if you’re looking for a refreshing drink with local flavor and outdoor seating as well as indoor seating (ideal during the pandemic). The Fat Lady has a unique Victorian style, offering tasty food as well as drinks. You can hear live music while you drink at The Layover or go dancing and drinking at Lounge 3411.

See a Comedy Show
For most people, Friday is the night to blow off steam after a long work week. If you’re on vacation, that might not be the case, but the point of a vacation is to relax. Why not release some stress by laughing at a live comedy show? The Alameda Comedy Club is not only a riot, but it has outdoor seating so you can enjoy it responsibly in this time of social distancing. Laugh City offers Oakland’s Comedy & Wine Night every second and fourth Friday of the month. Even if you plan to stay in for the most part, you can still enjoy a Zoom show from Comedy Oakland, a local comedy club who has adapted well to the social distancing mandates.

Looking for more to do on a Friday night in Oakland? It all depends on where you’re staying. When you stay at Z Hotel in Jack London Square, you’ll be in the center of all the action, within easy access of all the attractions and excitement that Jack London Square has to offer. Our friendly staff can help tell you about their favorite local attractions or you can venture out to see for yourself. Contact us today to learn more or to book your stay at Z Hotel for your upcoming vacation.