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Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.

Presents of Mind: Our Holiday Gift Guide

Our holiday gift guide takes the guesswork out of the shopping season.

Fun and (Bar) Games in the East Bay

Many bars and restaurants rely on games—from video poker to arcade and board games—to help us kill time while we’re killing time. In the East Bay, such bar games are experiencing a revival, with gaming options abounding in dive bars and upscale joints alike.

Beyond El Cerrito Plaza

Vintage pinball machines, a renowned records collection, and fresh brews make El Cerrito an invigorating destination.

A Booklover’s Guide to East Bay Bookstores

Our 15 favorite literary haunts for browsing, buying, selling, and just hanging out.

Cider Is Coming On Hard

For centuries in colonial and early America, cider—not that unfiltered syrupy apple juice you knew in childhood, but hard cider, fermented from bitter apples—was the dominant adult beverage, more popular than beer or wine. But starting in the late 19th century—thanks first to beer-loving German immigrants, then Prohibition—cider abruptly fell from grace.

Tap Into New Brews

Did you know that when West Oakland’s Linden Street Brewery opened back in 2009, that it was the first production brewery to open in Oakland in 40 years? Five years later, that little fun fact is even harder to believe, given the explosion of activity in the city’s beer-making scene. Here are the newest players in Oakland’s burgeoning brewing renaissance.

A Booklover’s Guide to East Bay Bookstores

Our 15 favorite literary haunts for browsing, buying, selling, and just hanging out.

More Wine, Less Whine

More Wine, Less Whine

A new generation of winemakers introduces their vintages to the Bay Area.