If you show up early for your reservation at Chez Panisse or want to get a little drunk before you join the line at Cheese Board Pizza, Tigerlily is a good place to camp out for a bit. This Indian restaurant also has a bright, open bar that’s fun to hang out at if you’re the kind of person who doesn’t like going to places that are difficult to get into. The drinks are good, the bartenders are nice, and they also have TVs to watch sports on while you kill time.
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Angeline’s Louisiana Kitchen
Angeline’s in Berkeley is an upscale neighborhood spot serving solid New Orleans-style food.
Gregoire in Berkeley is a tiny, takeout-only spot where you can get perfect picnic food.
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Royal Exchange is a lively bar in the Financial District with a full menu, seating for groups, and a lot of beers on tap, great for after work.
Emporium Arcade Bar
Emporium Arcade Bar in Nopa has every game imaginable, and is a great spot to come hang out with a group for a casual celebration.
Harrington’s Bar & Grill
Harrington’s is a bar in the Financial district that’s somewhere between a dive and an old-school bar. The patio out front is great on a nice day.
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Jupiter in Berkeley is known for its amazing patio and live music situation. It has a ton of beers on tap and serves decent pizza.
Cheese Board Pizza
Cheese Board Pizza in Berkeley does only one type of pizza every day. It tends to be kind of unusual, but it’s always worth the long wait.
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