DM2007_123_DIG1.jpg

Canyon Club Brewery is a welcome addition to Moraga’s nightlife. 

Spotlight: Best Return of a Lounge Lizard

DM2007_119_DIG1.jpg

Diamond Dave Hosley will sing “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Baby Got Back” in the same set.

Diamond Dave Hosley, singer

Lafayette may not have the vibrant 
nightlife scene of a bigger urban destination, but it is not without its local stars. At the top of the list is Diamond Dave Hosley, a lounge singer who can string together hits by pop artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Lady Gaga and everyone in 
between.

Beginning in 1986, Hosley was a mainstay at Petar’s, a restaurant and bar that closed in 2013, unable to keep up with Lafayette’s ever-upscaling dining scene. The news of Petar’s demise was a bit of a bummer to anyone who had ever spent 
a night dancing to Hosley’s hit parade.

Petar’s space became the Cooperage in March 2014. While the new restaurant was undeniably fancier, there was something missing on those weekend nights. That Diamond Dave magic wasn’t there.

Three years later, one of the owners 
decided to give Hosley—who had kept busy recording a jazz album and 
gigging at local venues such as Massimo 
Ristorante in Walnut Creek—a call. “They invited me to play their third-
anniversary celebration, and that show was a great success. It was rewarding for me, as well as the crowd,” says Hosley.

After that first show, Hosley was booked to play at the Cooperage four or five times per year. When the restaurant rebooted its cocktail lounge as the Coop last fall, Hosley played to a huge crowd and immediately scheduled a series of similar shows in 2020. The first was on February 28, and the rest will take place after the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

“It is gratifying to see the outpouring of love and support when I do shows at the Coop,” Hosely says. “I see so many folks who used to dance the night away at Petar’s. I also see lots of Saint Mary’s [College] alumni who I knew when they were in college. They always enjoy a night out to relive some of the fun times they had in school.” davehosley.com.

Readers’
 Picks

DM2007_159_DIG1.jpg

Walnut Creek Yacht Club

COCKTAILS

Walnut Creek Yacht Club, Walnut Creek, wcyc.net.

Runner-up // Revel Kitchen and Bar, Danville, revelkitchenandbar.com.

HAPPY HOUR

Residual Sugar Wine Bar, Concord and Walnut Creek, rswine.com.

Runner-up // Danville Brewing Company, Danville, danvillebrewing.com.

DM2007_153_DIG1.jpg

Yoshi's Oakland

LIVE MUSIC SPOT

Yoshi’s, Oakland, yoshis.com.

Runner-up // Freight and Salvage, Berkeley, thefreight.org.

LGBTQ+ BAR

Club 1220, Walnut Creek,club1220.com.

Runner-up // White Horse, Oakland, 
facebook.com/whitehorsebar.

DM2007_117_DIG1.jpg

Retro Junkie

DANCE CLUB/NIGHTCLUB

Retro Junkie, Walnut Creek,retrojunkiebar.com.

Retro Junkie has an eclectic vibe and a great mix of people.” —Leslie Balarezo, Pleasant Hill

Runner-up // Bourbon Highway, 
Walnut Creek, bourbonhighway.com.

DM2007_161_DIG1.jpg

Danville Brewing Company

DM2007_160_DIG1.jpg

Danville Brewing Company

TAPROOM/BREWERY

Danville Brewing Company, Danville, danvillebrewing.com.

We love the delicious 
beers [at Danville Brewing ocmpany], especially the Hop Magee and the fresh food and friendly 
service. We’ve been loyal patrons since 
it opened.” 
—Kali Fama, Danville

Runner-up // Canyon Club Brewery, Moraga, canyonclub.works.

DM2007_132_DIG1.jpg

Residual Sugar Wine Bar

DM2007_120_DIG1.jpg

Residual Sugar Wine Bar

WINE BAR

Residual Sugar Wine Bar, Concord and Walnut Creek, rswine.com.

The staff at Residual Sugar is amazing. They are great about finding a drink that is exactly what you are looking for.” 
—Jeannette Moon, 
Discovery Bay

Runner-up // Va de Vi, Walnut Creek, 
vadevi.com.

Editors’ 
Picks

BEST WAKE-UP CALL FOR MORAGA NIGHTLIFE

Canyon Club Brewery, Moraga

Moraga has not been known for its nightlife,
but the sleepy town in the East Bay hills 
received a jolt of fresh energy when Canyon Club Brewery opened last August. The lively brewery, beer garden, and restaurant provided a welcome addition for East Bay beer enthusiasts—Canyon Club serves about a half-dozen different beers at a time on its rotating menu. The interior of the restaurant is warm, and the extensive outdoor patios, with firepits and wood furniture, are ideal for repeat visits. Live music on weekend evenings is another plus. canyonclub.works.

BEST GUARANTEED FASCINATING EVENING

Newsmakers: Lesher Speaker Series, Walnut Creek

One of the great intellectual events in the East Bay is the Lesher Speaker Series at 
Walnut Creek’s Lesher Center for the Arts. The annual series consists of at least six events featuring international
leaders, media figures, famous athletes,
and other movers and shakers. Tickets are
sold in advance for each season— 
and typically sell out quickly—but individual tickets are often available the day of each event. The program kicked off with Jay Leno in 2004, and never looked back. Highlights over the years include First Lady Laura Bush, historian Doris 
Kearns Goodwin, baseball star Cal Ripken Jr., and journalists Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. lesherspeakerseries.org.

BEST SATURDAY NIGHT HOOTENANNY

Up the Creek Records, Walnut Creek

Fans of the Hulu series High 
Fidelity are certain to love Up the Creek Records, a well-stocked 
vinyl record store tucked away in a 
nondescript retail center on Tice Valley Boulevard. In addition to racks of new and used LPs, the shop hosts fun, inclusive events such as weeknight open mics and parking lot skate parties. On Saturday evenings, Up the Creek lets local bands plug into a state-of-the-art sound system and 
perform free concerts in the store’s intimate setting. upthecreekrecords.com.

BEST LEGENDARY SAN FRANCISCO MUSIC CLUB IN THE EAST BAY

Elbo Room, Oakland

For years, live music lovers flocked to San Francisco’s Mission district to listen to the latest, greatest bands at the Elbo Room. The nightclub, which was housed in a 
former mortuary, opened in 1991 and 
hosted more than 7,500 shows in 27 years at that location, before moving across the Bay to the Jack London district in 2018. The 
Elbo Room’s new incarnation in Oakland is 
a fantastic scene—a two-story nightclub where live bands and DJs play rock, punk, hip-hop, soul, cumbia, metal, funk, dark wave, and more. The party starts with a 
happy hour from 5:30 to 9 p.m. every day. 
elboroomjacklondon.com.

DM2007_152_DIG1.jpg

A David Bowie cover band performs at the Lesher Center for the Arts.

BEST PLACES TO SEE COVER BANDS

Ashkenaz, Berkeley

Guitarist Stu Allen, a favorite of Grateful Dead aficionados, hosts Dead-themed shows at this hippie hangout. ashkenaz.com.

Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Journey, and Fleetwood Mac cover shows are just a few of the popular acts to rock the stage at this historic venue. townhalltheatre.com.

Bankhead Theatre, Livermore

The Bankhead often books actual legends (Rosanne Cash and Roger McGuinn) as well as performers who cover the classics. 
livermorearts.org.

Broadway Club, Retro Junkie, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek

The Broadway Club and Retro Junkie bring in a range of cover bands, while the Lesher Center books carbon-copy versions of the Beatles, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and others. thebroadwayclubwc.com, retrojunkiebar.com, lesherartscenter.org.