Hotel Biron - A romantic date night spot, but not obnoxiously so This wine bar is hidden in an alleyway behind Cafe Zuni and for wine lovers, it's a favorite go-to spot in the city.The dim lighting, the small footprint of the cafe and the attentive bar staff makes for a cozy spot to hang out during a romantic date.

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The dim lighting, swanky furnishings, and live jazz set the right ambience, and you can have a cheapish night out here: there’s no cover charge and none of the food options, which include a patty melt and pork-and-shrimp lumpia, cost more than $10.

The cocktails are pricier at $12 (with a 20% gratuity tacked on), but they don’t disappoint.

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You can regale your date with stories about the Beat Generation and City Lights bookstore next door (better yet, go there first before the bar).On the other end, if you only have it in your budget to splurge for one big meal, we recommend Lazy Bear — it's one of the priciest but also one of the most unforgettable experiences with its unique "dinner party" format.Head to Classic Cars West in Oakland's booming Uptown.The simple concept of Dogwood Bar in Uptown involves smart cocktails and a grilled cheese station in the back. The bar, with a mixture of intimate tables for two and larger spots for groups, feels like a great place for a couple in the mood to go out and chat with a few friendly strangers.The corner location also offers ample window seating if you're more of an introverted couple and would prefer to sip your drinks and people watch. A couple far past the wooing stage may not mind sweating together for a special night out.There's nothing over-the-top about this place that screams "date night" but an understated location like Hotel Biron is well-appreciated by those who just want to see where the night takes them.