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Awaken Cafe

Neighborhood cafe and community space with weekly events and a happy hour.

Located in the heart of Downtown Oakland, Awaken Cafe is a live performance venue and cafe that serves specialty coffee and espresso drinks. They also serve beer and wine in bottles and on draft.

Awaken Cafe offers an assortment of hearty salads and sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have lighter snack options such as pastries, granola, chips, and gelato. They strive to use local, organic, and sustainable ingredients in their menu offerings.

During the day, Awaken Cafe is a popular work and study spot for Oakland students and professionals. Visitors are invited to use their computers in the facility, but keep in mind there is no designated WiFi. In the evenings, Awaken Cafe is transformed into a live performance venue. They host open mic nights, bands, and poetry slams. Check out their website to see their event calendar.

They also offer a weekday happy hour from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. During this period of time, you can try any of their beer or wine offerings for $2 off.

The location is between 12th St and 19th St BART. It is a fantastic spot to stop and grab breakfast before heading to work. In a hurry? Order online, and you’ll be in and out in no time. You can also order catering for your next event or business meeting.