• The Octopus Literary Salon (map)
  • 2101 Webster Street
  • Oakland, CA, 94612
  • United States

$10-5 sliding scale

Join the Disciples of Markos as they bring their classic rebetika music toThe Octopus Literary Salon once again! Relax to the old school sounds of bouzouki, violin, baglama and guitar while enjoying the excellent food and drink at the this wonderful cafe. 

Wait, what IS rebetika you ask? Rebetika is the urban folk music of 1930s Greece, born in the hashish dens of the Piraeus slums. It tells the underworld stories of smugglers, gamblers, ladies of the night, and hash heads. We are named after the patron saint of bouzouki stoners; Markos Vamvakaris.