Located in the heart of revitalized Old Oakland, District is as soulful and sexy as Norah Jones. The 25-seat horseshoe bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and plush, velvety banquettes are so inviting, food would seem an afterthought—until you try it. Order a pizza (the guanciale pie is phenomenal), spicy lamb meatballs, roasted brussels sprouts, upscale bar bites, and—this is mandatory—french fries with truffle aioli. District specializes in small-batch whiskey (try the Templeton Rye), with seven whiskey cocktails (go for the District Buck). Enjoy your whiskey at happy hour, when $1 oysters warrant a trip—provided you order a side of those fries. Dinner Mon.–Sat., weekend brunch.