Just as it was in the 1960s, Berkeley, California is still famous for its liberalism and eco-consciousness. Natives love their East Bay setting, and make full use of the area’s famous waterways for kayaking and canoeing. You can also drive across the Bay Bridge up to Marin Country for spectacular hiking in majestic Muir Woods and Stinson Beach. You don’t have to stay in San Francisco or Marin for fine dining and nightlife, as Berkeley has come into its own, and the scene here ranges from the casual to the upscale.
Housed in a former stable, Jupiter is an elegant brewpub and jazz club in one. You won’t find rowdy UC Berkeley students here, but you will find people who appreciate microbrews and want to hear the East Bay’s best jazz musicians and guest DJs after dark. The décor reflects Gothic influences, modeled after Berlin’s oldest bar. You’ll sit in former pews beneath antique church lights and order beer from the copper-topped bar. Hang out in the two-level beer garden, watch the traffic on Shattuck from the second floor, or grab a seat on the patio and listen to live music. You might hear a jazz ensemble, Brazilian quartet, or funky dancehall DJ. Open daily. Jupiter 2181 Shattuck Ave. Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 843-8277 jupiterbeer.com