A night out in Downtown Oakland

East Bay spots with buzz: Where to eat, shop, hang out, and catch a show in Oakland

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Start your evening right: Raise a glass of bubbly to the elegant backdrop of newcomer Mimosa Champagne Lounge.

More than 60 sparklers line the bar, and brown leather banquettes under shimmery gold capiz-shell chandeliers are a comfy spot to eye movies―Saturday Night Fever, Beverly Hills Cop―projected onto a wall. $$$; closed Sun; 2355 Broadway; 510/891-1005.

Dig into down-home cooking in high style: Down the street from Mimosa, Picán has been a destination since it opened last spring.

Snappily dressed diners from all over the Bay Area line up for Southern comfort food like crispy smoked pork belly and roasted chanterelles (pictured), homemade grits with shrimp, and fried chicken with sweet truffle honey. $$$; 2295 Broadway; 510/834-1000.

Catch a concert in a 1920s landmark:  A short walk from Picán is the iconic Fox Theater, which reopened last year after a 43-year hiatus.

Its original ribbon cutting, in 1928, unveiled one of the era’s most lavish movie palaces. Now it’s a live-music venue, hosting headliners like the Shins and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

If you arrive early, kick back with a drink in the Den, where TVs let you watch the opening band. 1807 Telegraph Ave.

Keep the night going: Wind down the evening at one of the neighborhood’s new late-night hangouts. Choose cocktails in industrial, loft-like Mua ($$; 2442 Webster St.; 510/238-1100).

Or hit the Layover (1517 Franklin St.; 510/834-1517) for a music lounge with a Moroccan casbah look and a speakeasy vibe.

If you fall in love with a vintage glass table lamp, you’re in luck: Everything’s for sale (ask for a price list at the bar).

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