Oakland Magazine profiles Emeryville as “Entertainment Mecca”

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Oakland Magazine, which describes itself as “essential reading for keeping up with one of America’s most engaging and underappreciated cities”, recently profiled some of its tiny neighbors entertainment gems including areas to “Eat, Drink, Shop & Play”. Small Businesses profiled in the piece include E’ville favorites Rotten City Pizza, Branch Line Bar, Prizefighter, The Broken Rack, Honor Bar, Doyle Street Cafe, Western Editions & Square One Yoga.

Emeryville as Entertainment Mecca

Cocktails on tap, high-end shopping, and artistic sensibilities greet visitors to the little city by the bay.

By Katie Cornell

Sure, many people associate Emeryville with Pixar, big-box stores, and Ikea traffic, or even card clubs, race tracks, and Wild West politics. But you don’t have to dig deep to find a group of artists of the printmaking or cocktail-shaking kind. Explore what Emeryville has to offer through its side streets and main drags. Exploring this little gem, where Oakland and Berkeley rub shoulders with the little pro-business-behemoth of Emeryville, is a rewarding way to spend a late summer or an early fall Bay Area day. And when you are in the mood for shopping at well-known retail giants, you can do that, too.

Eat & Drink

Barely more than 1 square mile of land, Emeryville packs in plenty of delicious restaurants and cafes. On Hollis Street, you’ll find New York-style pizza topped with crimini mushrooms or pork belly porchetta among other fresh ingredients at Rotten City Pizza.

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Feature Image: Pat Mazzera

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Rob Arias

is a third generation Californian and East Bay native who lived in Emeryville from 2003 to 2021. Rob founded The E'ville Eye in 2011 after being robbed at gunpoint and lamenting the lack of local news coverage. Rob's "day job" is as a creative professional.


  1. Rob, did Ike’s Lair ever open up? Or is their opening delayed? And is Nordstrom Rack still on track to open up next to Best Buy?

  2. Thanks, I thought Ikes was coming in August and saw a sign up at one point. Then August came and went and no Ikes. Thanks for the clarification. I do wonder, though, where people going for a sandwich at Ikes are going to park. There’s no street parking on either Hollis or on Park near that intersection. Will Ikes have a parking lot in the back?

    • Yeah, I know they got delayed but that’s pretty common here. Parking is a good question and you’re not the first person that’s asked about that. I’m wondering how many spots in their lot they will dedicate to guest parking. I’ll see if I can determine this.

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