Best of the Bay 2013

Best of The Bay 2013 (East Bay Express)

In our 2013 Best of the East Bay (the new) Authentic, we focused on the people, products, and services that are considered “authentically” East Bay, perhaps in a new way. This means restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, and other businesses that define (or are redefining) the genuine or real East Bay experience: forward-thinking comfort food; bars that have the casualness of your living room, but with upscale cocktails; unpretentious boutiques that feature local designers who are reinventing East Bay style. It also means places or businesses that have been around for a while and are considered an indispensable part of the fabric of East Bay life.

Best Music Store / Music School

Acme House of Music (on MacArthur Blvd in Oakland)

“A great place to buy instruments & other things musical (new or used), or take lessons, or just to hang out & talk music. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, the atmosphere is relaxed & welcoming. Plus the owners really give back to the community.”