Hours: Wed.-Sun. 5 p.m.-2 a.m.
True to its name, the Oasis in downtown Oakland is a tropical retreat in the middle of the city. The darkly wooded bar emanates a cozy yet unassuming feel, and in the back the club opens up to a spacious patio, including a thatched-roof dancefloor, stringing lights, bar, DJ area, and stage, plus a fully outdoor spot to lounge on couches under the night sky. To boot, the unpretentious club with a friendly staff attracts a range of folks thanks to its variety of DJ nights, including reggae, dancehall, and house, and a regular poetry open mic. Get there early and enjoy the restaurant's pan-Caribbean cuisine.