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Be a BART Tourist in Berkeley

A brief train ride to brunch, soulful music, and well-crafted adult beverages.

The new Tigerlilly in Berkeley.


How can you visit Alice Waters’ homeland without indulging in a little gourmet goodness? Head to brunch at Tigerlily, Berkeley’s new upscale Indo-Asian experiment. Executive chef Joel Lamica, formerly of San Francisco’s Bix and Nojo, melds hyper-local ingredients with whole spices sourced from owner Deepak Aggarwal’s farm network in northern India. Check out savory brunch options, like the Mt. Lassen trout benedict with turmeric, hollandaise, and trout skin chicharrones, or the farmers market omelet loaded with oyster mushrooms and market greens, served with chile oil, crème fraiche, and garam masala hash. Cap it off with a fresh-pressed mimosa or a refreshing Northside 75, a combination of gin, prosecco, cucumber, and lemon. 1513 Shattuck Avenue (510) 540-7900 

On Saturday, take advantage of CalDay at the Lawrence Hall of Science. Drop in on an afternoon astronomical exploration at the interactive Planetarium, channel your inner-child while building three-dimensional bubble structures, or play with the hands-on exhibits in the Space Science Laboratory, open to the public just this one day every year. 1 Centennial Drive #5200, 510-642-5132 

Grab a ticket to check out the Latin rhythm and blues of Bay Area jazz guitarist Ray Obiedo and his all-star ensemble at one of Berkeley’s favorite musical venues, the legendary Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. Celebrate the release of Obiedo's seventh and most recent album, There Goes That, in an all-ages venue that has embraced traditional folk music since its 1968 inception. Doors open at 7 pm, and the show starts at 8. Bring your dancing shoes, or kick back with a cafe latte, a glass of wine, or a little something sweet.  

Tupper & Reed isn’t the kind of watering hole you stop in for a quick one. Housed in a building created for the John C. Tupper and Lawrence Reed Music Store in 1925, the bar takes its old-school roots seriously. T&R is all about labor-intensive concoctions that require patience and warrant some serious consideration, particularly given the massive menu of more than 70 mixed drinks. There you’ll find familiar classics, like a Last Word or a Pisco Sour, and more modern innovations like the There, Their, They're, a bourbon-based concoction created by noted mixologist Sevan Araneda. Just make sure to ditch your iPhone at the door or be reprimanded for daring to use it in a space made for old-school conversation. 2271 Shattuck Avenue. 510-900-2588 


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