This restaurant in the heart of Oakland also doubles as a hoppin’ bar. Quarters are close, however, and you’ll find yourself with your elbow in an undergrad’s margarita without fail. The food is typical East Coast Tex-Mex: overly salted, unremarkable fare. The margaritas range from inexpensive and gigantic to more expensive with better liquor. Despite the small space and food that won’t make you write home to mom, the lighting and interior design makes Mad Mex a great place to go. It’s always filled with attractive, young patrons and might be the trendiest bar in Oakland. Make sure to call for reservations if you want a table.