After spending the week slaving away, you want to have some fun. As much as you love your new apartment at Cinnamon Apartments, getting out and making some new friends is what you need. There are plenty of places in Hayward to go for a little evening entertainment, but these five spots will help you get started.

The World Famous Turf Club

If you enjoy being part of an eclectic crowd and love live music, this is the place to be. Located on Main Street, the Turf Club is a friendly and exciting place to find something wonderful to drink and meet interesting people. Be prepared to hear some of the best bands in the area, and feel free to get up and dance. After one visit, you’ll be back for more.

Bijou Restaurant and Bar

A B Street institution, the Bijou offers some of the best American cuisine in the city. Whether you want an appetizer to munch on or would like a whole mean to go with your beer, there will be no problem finding something to enjoy. Try one of the signature cocktails and see what you think. Since there’s always plenty of people to talk to, making new friends won’t be difficult.

The Bistro

Also found on B Street, the Bistro offers a place for the more mature patrons to gather. Even so, anyone of any age is welcome. People who attend the Hayward Jazz Festival are likely to end up here and bring along some of the music they played or heard. People who like a mix of music and plenty of drink options will be happy here.

Shar-Ade Cocktail Lounge

Maybe you want to get an early start on Saturday night. If so, this is the place to begin making your rounds. Known for opening in the middle of the afternoon and staying open until the early hours of the morning, the Shar-Ade Cocktail Lounge on Mission Boulevard is definitely an prime example of a dive bar. That’s not a bad thing, since dive bars often have some of the nicest people.

When you want to go out for a little entertainment during the week, the Lounge offers a comedy club on Thursday nights. This your chance to kick back, enjoy a drink, and enjoy a show including what could be the comedy stars of tomorrow.

Buddy’s Bites and Brews

Is it a restaurant? Is it a bar? Is it a night club with food and booze?  This night spot on Hesperian Boulevard can be a little of all three. Noted for quick service and a friendly staff, there’s different events held throughout the week. From trivia games to lots of music, it won’t be hard to settle in for the evening and have a great time.

There’s plenty of other places to explore in Hayward. Whether your tastes run more toward little out of the way places to venues with room for a large crowd, there’s sure to be something that fits whatever  you are in the mood for tonight.