It’s no secret that the Bay Area likes to stay up late. Since the days buccaneers bumped elbows with gold prospecting forty-niners and Spanish and Russian settlers at the local speakeasy, the area has had an eclectic and exciting nightlife. As artists and creatives are pushed out by high rent in hip hoods like the Castro, a new epicenter of cool has officially emerged on the east side of the bay in Oakland. While there’s plenty to do during the day, Oakland keeps on keepin’ on after midnight with awesome night owl activities like full-moon hikes, art show after parties, and plenty of late-night snacks to make it one of the best cities for a late-night out.