Lawrence Rinder (above), director of the Berkeley Art Museum, recently shared some of his favorite East Bay haunts with the Chronicle.

Here’s his list:

  • Vietnamese restaurant Le Petit Cheval on Bancroft
  • Alley’s piano bar on Grand Avenue
  • Italian bar Adesso on Piedmont Avenue
  • Eco Home Improvement on San Pablo
  • “Funky” arts venue 21 Grand in Oakland
  • Creative Growth in Oakland
  • Lacis, Berkeley’s lace museum (who knew?).
  • Albany Bulb, “a wild and woolly old dump site” which Berkeleyside’s Mark Haas wrote about here.
  • UC Botanical Garden

Read why he loves these places in the Chronicle story here.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...