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Cafe Van Kleef

Cafe Van Kleef

Oaksterdam, Oakland
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    Gusto L.
    "Great decor, amazing greyhounds and an interesting mix of people."(52 Tips)
    David H.
    "Great greyhounds, decor, and live music."(4 Tips)
    Ali U.
    "Fresh grapefruit is the best for some greyhounds and salty dogs."(3 Tips)
    "Great vibe, good cocktails and live music!"(7 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon79 Tips and reviews
  • greyhound
  • great greyhounds
  • fruit juice
  • live music
  • salty dog
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  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You have to order a greyhound. It's like nothing you've ever had before. Also they only have one bathroom and the line moves super slow so keep that in mind. Love this place 5/5 stars.
  • Kelli J.
    Kelli JohnstonMay 21, 2013
    Fresh Squeezed Greyhounds. Pace yourself if thats possible, these are strong drinks! Great funky decor. Reminds me of New Orleans. Beer selection is lacking. More of a cocktail bar. good jazz.
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    A pre-game staple of any show at the Fox is Cafe Van Kleef's Greyhound. I can drink these all night. Plus, the space rules and always has live music playing.
  • Daniel G.heart icon on user image
    Daniel GraysonJanuary 6, 2018
    Delicious fresh squeezed greyhounds. And if that isn’t enough, there’s the head scratching decor.
  • Adrian P.heart icon on user image
    Adrian PhillipsJanuary 25, 2016
    Killer Greyhounds with fresh grapefruit juice squeezed right in front of you. The inside of this bar is wild and the prices can't be beat.
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian StraussOctober 10, 2017
    Locals spot. Those gray hounds, the eclectic decor, the live music... all serious town business.
  • Orianaheart icon on user image
    OrianaSeptember 16, 2015
    Amazing decor. Delicious greyhounds with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Such a good spot. Thanks Rick!
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThomasAugust 28, 2016
    Great greyhounds, music, bartenders & atmosphere: don't value your health or happiness- let people smoke in the entryway by the door. It traps the smoke in the bar area & feels illegal & disgusting
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah SchlengerJanuary 14, 2020
    Order the greyhound and take time to look at the walls. There is a polar bear head mounted. Crazy.
  • Melon L.heart icon on user image
    Melon LAugust 13, 2015
    The greyhound is one of the best I've ever had. Fresh squeezed and refreshing, but strong as $&@!
  • WhiskeyAvengerheart icon on user image
    WhiskeyAvengerJune 19, 2018
    This place is fucking weird. I mean that in the best way possible. It’s like walking into a hoarders museum that happens to have alcoholic beverages.
  • Gusto L.
    Gusto LopezJune 23, 2012
    Great decor, amazing greyhounds and an interesting mix of people. The COVER CHARGE is a joke. I only enter when that little cover charge is NOT in effect.
  • Evan S.heart icon on user image
    Evan StoreyOctober 25, 2015
    The people, the grapefruit, the decor, the music, the people. Welcome to Oakland.
  • Paula W.
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Dives category.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MApril 5, 2014
    Please take the advice of all who have posted before, and get the greyhound!
  • Marah L.
    Marah LaurieMarch 13, 2015
    Funky, weird & fun bar uptown! Obviously the signature drink must be tried.
  • Alan H.heart icon on user image
    Alan HJune 9, 2017
    Honestly? Yes the fresh grapefruit is killer, but it's too crowded, narrow, noisy, and sticky.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Greyhound, duh. Though Room 389 also does a good greyhound during their happy hour.
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RobertsOctober 29, 2011
    Famous for their Greyhounds with fresh squeezed grapefruit and warm hospitality of Peter Van Kleef. Funky beyond belief decoration.
  • Solarioheart icon on user image
    SolarioJanuary 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Greyhounds with fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Go with gin - the way nature intended.
  • Ali U.heart icon on user image
    Ali Uro-MaySeptember 28, 2017
    Fresh grapefruit is the best for some greyhounds and salty dogs.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The don't-miss drink here is the Greyhound (fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka).
  • Devora L.
    Devora LAugust 7, 2014
    Must get their greyhound. That's all you need to know.
  • Karyn A.
    Karyn AlleyOctober 4, 2018
    If you love grapefruit like me, this is the place.
  • Inga
    IngaJuly 3, 2011
    Try their Greyhound drink. It's healthy: vodka & grapefruit juice. Yumm
  • Zak T.
    Zak TasticApril 2, 2014
    Their fresh squeezed grapefruit and Kettle Vodka is awesome!
  • Claudineheart icon on user image
    ClaudineNovember 15, 2015
    Great vibe, good cocktails and live music!
  • David H.heart icon on user image
    David HoltzMarch 27, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great greyhounds, decor, and live music.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BellinoApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a Dirty Dog - whiskey, grapefruit juice and bitters over ice.
  • Joseph L.heart icon on user image
    Joseph LeAugust 24, 2019
    Greyhounds are the way to go!
  • J
    JFebruary 27, 2015
    The decor is nice, The greyhounds are made fresh. But, the bartenders could use an attitude adjustment.
  • Jillian B.heart icon on user image
    Jillian BNovember 15, 2015
    greyhounds + great sounds! why can't every bar be cafe van kleef?
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the greyhound - #kvpinmybelly : Fresh fruit juice with a huge slice of grapefruit. A healthy cocktail!!
  • Edward K.heart icon on user image
    Edward KOctober 13, 2013
    Get a greyhound, grab a table, and enjoy the live jazz band!
  • Terbo T.
    Terbo TedDecember 4, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    I pitch for this bars softball team; our trophies are in the front patio. Some of my art is installed inside: seven skulls opposite the bar, along the wall
  • Viradel P.
    Delicious drinks and unique in the inside.
  • nils j.heart icon on user image
    nils jansonMay 5, 2017
    Get the salty dog. It's amazing.
  • Maddie Maeheart icon on user image
    Maddie MaeAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Non-smokers and the smoke-sensitive should stay away. Cigarette smoke is perpetually drifting in from the tiny smoking section out front.
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RodriguezOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Greyhound, it's a signature drink with Vodka and Grapefruit.
  • nancy t.heart icon on user image
    nancy t.September 6, 2014
    Greyhounds. Order something else and you're doing it wrong.
  • Jake R.
    Jake RozinNovember 18, 2013
    Live music and freshly squeezed grapefruit greyhound.
  • natalie k.heart icon on user image
    natalie kayMay 12, 2017
    Greyhound for the win
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseSeptember 3, 2014
    Best greyhounds. Smells of greyhounds. Greyhounds.
  • Sierra V.heart icon on user image
    Sierra VAugust 29, 2014
    All the cocktails are top notch.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonMarch 17, 2015
    They make a mean Greyhound
  • Chris H.
    Chris HiltonJune 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the greyhounds. Stronger than you'd think.
  • Sal M.heart icon on user image
    Sal MAugust 8, 2014
    There's only one unisex restroom so expect a long wait on busy nights.
  • Ilissa G.heart icon on user image
    Ilissa GilmoreJanuary 4, 2017
    Freshly squeezed greyhounds 😎👍🏽
  • Steven M.
    Steven MatthewsSeptember 26, 2019
    The taxidermy is 🔥👌🏼
  • Stijn H.heart icon on user image
    Stijn HenricusAugust 6, 2014
    Greyhound. Get a greyhound, or 6.
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