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Plank – A New Hangout Spot in Oakland

On the hunt for the new hangout spots in Oakland? Check out Jack London Square’s new venue: Plank.


Thursday was the rather epic grand opening of the brand new Plank, in Jack London Square. I was invited my friend and east bay food blogger Brenda Ton of Bites and Bourbon and we were able to check out the new digs before it’s official opening on October 10th. Some notable attendees were MC Hammer and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan.

If you’re an east bay-er you may remember the old Barnes and Noble that used to be in this space. At the time it was one of Jack London’s anchor stores. It closed in early 2010 and as far as I know the space has been empty since then.

Enter Plank. Plank has just about everything an Oaklander will like: outdoor fire pits, music, bocce ball courts, at least 3 bars, a huge bowling area with massive TV screens, arcade games, food, beer, pool tables and a 21 an over area.

Plank bowling

Plank arcade gamesPlank indoor bar

The outdoor space is great and I can totally see myself sitting out by the firepit hanging out with friends. I wish they had been able to open a little earlier this year, maybe late spring or early summer, in order to make the best use of the outdoor area but there should be some nice days to take advantage of it before the rain sets in. Hell, we’re in a drought so here’s to hoping we actually GET rain this winter.

Plank Oakland outdoor bocce ball

Plank Oakland outdoor bar


Plank has a few different menus for food and drink:

During Thursday’s event I tried the pizza, and the soft tacos. By far my favorite dish was the Char Sui Pork tacos. They were DELICIOUS!


As far as activities go, Plank has a huge 12 lane bowling area in the main area and 6 smaller lanes in the “Boardroom” which is what they call the 21 and over area. During their main hours, bowing is $5.50/game, per person. You can rent bowling shoes for $3/pair and even socks if needed ($2/pair).

Plank's Boardroom bar plank_boardroom_bowling

Outside, Plank has 3 – 60ft bocce ball courts. Pricing during their main hours is $6/person per hour, with a 2 person minimum. For a list of all the activities available, including pricing check out Plank’s activities page.

Plank is open as of Friday, October 10th so check it out for yourself and see what you think!

If you’re in Oakland for the first time and want to explore, check out my post on what to do and see in Oakland in 24 hours.

Here are all the details for Plank:


98 Broadway, Oakland CA 94607


Mon – Thurs 11am – 12am
Fri – Sat: 11am – 1am
Sun: 11am – 12am




Have you been to Plank, and if so what do you think?

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