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Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon

Map & Directions 56 Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
  • Brewery
  • Sun 11am-12am, Mon-Sat 12pm-12am
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


SF Weekly's Description

Barely larger than a shack, the First and Last Chance Saloon squeezes a warehouse's worth of history into its tiny square form. Jack London used to drink here - as the many signs, plaques, and other knick-knacks attest - and the walls and ceiling are crammed full of antique Western memorabilia. Merely breathing Heinold's dark, dusty air evokes this bar's 19th Century origins, even if gleaming new high-rise buildings sit mere feet outside the windows. If you can find a spare seat, order a cocktail from the nattily-dressed bartender and return immediately to your table before setting your drink down - because the bar itself slants at a dangerous angle, thanks to the 1906 earthquake's mighty seismic shift.

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  • Don O. on 08/06/09

    Stick your business card on the wall.

  • Joey C. on 04/07/13

    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.

  • Elyse C. on 11/25/11

    The floor is slanted from the 1906 earthquake. Be careful with your drink when sitting at the bar.

  • Nathan R. on 07/10/11

    For a bit of history, stop by and grab a drink. Great outdoor seating, too, but have at least one at the historic bar.

  • Keith K. on 06/18/10

    Dog friendly

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