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Heinold's First & Last Chance

Heinold's First & Last Chance

Dive Bar$$$$
Jack London Square, Oakland
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    "new to the area and want to sample the flavor of Jack London Square."(4 Tips)
    Peter B.
    "Gas lighting, slanting floor due to foundation settling, and tiny!!!"(4 Tips)
    Rom C.
    "It's tipped because of an earthquake in the early 20th century."(2 Tips)
    Cameron P.
    "Bloody Marys on the patio are a great way to start a Sunday."(3 Tips)
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  • slant
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  • earthquake
  • outdoor seating
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  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistoryAugust 22, 2012
    Step "down" into a bar that has more historical items than some museums, sit at the table Jack London wrote literary legend "Call of the Wild" and do it all while enjoying a cold beer or a cocktail.
  • Alex T.
    Alex TenetteSeptember 20, 2013
    Nice little dive bar with some history. Very friendly bartenders and the bar table is very unique. Great spot for warm days, just get your beer and hangout outside.
    Upvoted Sep 7
  • Eater
    EaterJune 16, 2017
    It's a cultural landmark and a tourist attraction, owing its striking curved floor to a long history of seismic activity since opening. Read more
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    This place has a back-to-the-past atmosphere where you can order a packaged snack and enjoy a Bloody Mary made with the house mix and a lager from Linden Street, an Oakland microbrewery.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BoveyNovember 22, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Just the historical aspect is beyond imagination! Gas lighting, slanting floor due to foundation settling, and tiny!!!
  • Kelly
    KellyDecember 7, 2014
    Right next to the port. Great place to go if you're new to the area and want to sample the flavor of Jack London Square.
  • Paula W.
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Dives category.
  • Michelle L.heart icon on user image
    Michelle LJuly 7, 2013
    The most crooked bar in California! The floor and bar slant downward. The slanting is due to damage from the 1906 quake. They just didn't fix it! This place is small, quiet and intimate.
  • Brett J.
    Brett JohnsonNovember 7, 2011
    Small and cozy, full of atmosphere from back in the day. Watch out for the floor when you step in! Inside and outside seating, I suggest outside as there are few spots inside due to the size.
  • Cameron W.heart icon on user image
    Cameron WMay 30, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Great outdoor seating, good beers on tap and super friendly staff. Definitely check it out.
  • Lucas G.heart icon on user image
    Lucas GardnerSeptember 25, 2019
    Great place to grab a drink and sit outside on a nice night. Recommended
  • Maddie Maeheart icon on user image
    Maddie MaeJanuary 18, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're sitting at the bar, take a look down. Your footrest used to be a complete pipe. It's been worn down to what you see from almost 150 years of feet resting there.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CombsApril 8, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    So much history here. It's been open since 1883. I'm probably sitting where Jack London wrote Call of the Wild. You have to go here.
  • Nathan R.
    Nathan RhoadsJuly 10, 2011
    For a bit of history, stop by and grab a drink. Great outdoor seating, too, but have at least one at the historic bar.
  • Stephanie L.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie LocknerOctober 25, 2015
    Great deinks, amazing bartenders that had us laughing the whole time we were there
  • Brian B.heart icon on user image
    Brian BulkowskiAugust 20, 2014
    outdoor seating at a great locals bar. atmosphere can't be beat
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 28, 2017
    Do not let the crooked & uneven floor throw you. This is the perfect spot for some after work drinks with friends & work colleagues..
  • Rom C.heart icon on user image
    Rom ComOctober 22, 2014
    So much personality. It's tipped because of an earthquake in the early 20th century.
  • Eileen M.heart icon on user image
    Eileen Mietz RyanJune 6, 2014
    Tim is awesome! It's a museum with alcohol :)
  • Alana P.
    Alana PostMarch 18, 2019
    Few better spots to have a cold beer and sit outside watching the sails.
  • Amanda M.heart icon on user image
    Amanda MorelandSeptember 12, 2015
    One of my favorite spots. Nice outdoor seating area.
  • Christy C.heart icon on user image
    Christy ClarkAugust 17, 2015
    Great place to sit outside and grab drinks with people
  • Biz T.heart icon on user image
    Biz TraveldudeMay 28, 2015
    Very cool bar next to Jack London's cabin
  • Potts Chris P.
    Potts Chris PottsAugust 8, 2014
    Old. hilarious. hole in the wall. Historic. Small. Awesome.
  • Kouros M.
    Kouros MohitSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Bring your dog and sit on the patio or just bring your puppy over for a sip of water at the light post.
  • Erin K.
    Erin KadelSeptember 8, 2013
    I got stung by a wasp! The bartender took care of me.
  • Greg h.heart icon on user image
    Greg heimannFebruary 4, 2016
    This is a very place everyone must check out.
  • Paul V.heart icon on user image
    Paul VousdenAugust 10, 2014
    Great for afternoon drinking outside
  • Lovro R.heart icon on user image
    Lovro RavbarJuly 18, 2019
    The nicest people in town!
  • Cathy B.
    Cathy BMarch 31, 2011
    ask what kind of special beer they just got. normally yummersz!
  • Drunken History
    Drunken HistorySeptember 5, 2012
    Check out the story of Heinold's....
  • Keith
    KeithDecember 25, 2015
    For a change, it's the bar that's crooked instead of the owner.
  • Evan H.
    Evan HamiltonDecember 23, 2010
    Good place to go if you miss your Amtrak train...only 4 minutes walk from the station.
  • Theron L.
    Theron LewisJuly 14, 2013
    Irish coffee ftw.
  • Rose J.
    Rose JornalesSeptember 19, 2014
    Awesome Bloody Mary's and beer!
  • Allisonheart icon on user image
    AllisonMarch 24, 2022
    Lots of history here.
  • Kelly
    KellyDecember 7, 2014
    And the history continues...
  • Elyse C.
    Elyse CorwinNovember 26, 2011
    The floor is slanted from the 1906 earthquake. Be careful with your drink when sitting at the bar.
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesJuly 28, 2013
    Basically the McSoreley's of the Bay Area.
  • Colleen D.
    Colleen DourneyJuly 2, 2021
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bar ever
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkAugust 14, 2014
    Apparently the oldest bay Area bar?
  • Kelly
    KellyDecember 7, 2014
    Great music!
  • Jonathan F.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan FreedmanJanuary 2, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Don't mind the washroom camera or alligator
  • Ryan
    RyanNovember 8, 2013
    You're not drunk, the bar is crooked! ... Well maybe it's both.
  • Andrew B.
    Andrew ByrneJune 29, 2012
    #pachakutech better tip for heinold's
  • coffeeboss H.
    coffeeboss HJanuary 15, 2011
    They have both Fernet AND Russian Standard.
  • Shauna
    ShaunaFebruary 10, 2013
    The bar is limited and kind of weak.
  • Liam D.
    Liam DavisJune 4, 2014
    People-watching nonpareil.
  • Cameron P.
    Cameron PlattMarch 7, 2010
    Bloody Marys on the patio are a great way to start a Sunday.
  • Ryan K.heart icon on user image
    Ryan KerstenAugust 14, 2014
    Sit outside.
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