The 1000 block of East Fairview Avenue, call 'The Block,' around the neighborhood I live in, Cloverdale, is the local strip for hanging out and seeing who is around having a good time. There are four restaurants, one all-night bar with live music, a community theatre that plays independent films, a few shops, and a styling salon.
For nightlife, this is the neighborhood focal point. 1048 Jazz and Blues Bar is the epitome of the smokey, dark, hole-in-the-wall dive with a small stage up by the dark and a great selection of wine, beer, booze and cigars. Anything goes in 1048. For good eating in a sit-down atmosphere, there are Sinclair's and Buds's. Both have great menus. Bud's sells only Black Angus steaks and Sinclair's is the old-faithful for everybody; when you don't know what you want to eat, you go to Sinclair's because it is always good. Bud's also has live music most nights staring later in the night after the dinner rush. For info on Tomatino's and El Rey, there are separate entries on them.
The Capri Theatre on the middle of the block shows films weekly, running from Thursday to Wednesday. They show all the films that do not make into local big theatres. They show a lot of foreign films, films of interest to gays and lesbians, controversial films like The Last Temptation of Christ, and plays host annually to several travelling films festivals like the Black Maria. The Capri is all things counterculture. It is run by local, notoriously liberal lawyer Martin Mcaffrey.
The few shops on the block are open at night but keep typical shop hours. Ella's sells household goodies and out-of-the-ordinary knick knacks and things. Everything is wildly colored and most nights Ella can be seen leaning out the door of here rather large shop with a drink in hand, people watching. The Davis Watch Shop is open during the day, but it is the authentic old-timey watch shop. Retro Specs is a sunglasses shop that I must admit I have never been in. Fronduti's hair salon is the quaint, very expensive salon where the price paid may be worth being able to say your hair was done there.
Still on 'The Block' but technically not on Fairview Avenue is Jubilee Seafood, owned by Bud Skinner who also owns Bud's. In both restaurants the key to Bud's success has been highquality, very good food. Jubilee one of the only places around for raw oysters. All of their fish is fresh. The only drawback to Jubilee is that it gets packed out early and stays that way all night.
A few little side notes. Sinclair's has a very good brunch. Cafe Luisa has great spumoni. 1048 will not run a tab if they no do not know you. The people watching on the whole block is fabulous.