This historic bar is full of stories, character, and charm. Once a place Jack London himself would frequent to drink and write, the story is that the famous author borrowed his college entrance fee from the bar's proprietor. The small bar still features a slanted wooden floor and charred walls leftover from the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, which took its toll elsewhere in the Bay Area, too. Its name derives from the old days when it was the only bar at the port of Oakland. Each day as laborers would take the ferry to San Francisco and back again, this was the first and last chance for the working man to grab a drink. The bar serves only beverages and distributes literature on its history.
With one ticket, guests can see three to five bands in one night at Bottom Of The Hill. All musical genres are represented here, and it is a good bet that whatever you like will play here eventually. Modest Mouse, Yo La Tengo, MGMT, Mates of State and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones are just a few of the cutting-edge performers to have graced Bottom of the Hill's hallowed stage. Occasionally, all-age shows allow even the youngest music fans to rock-out with the big kids.
In a cave-like historic space in the heart of Old Oakland, the Trappist packs 'em in. There are 15 imported or specialty beers on draft at any given time, and more than 100 more in the bottle -- and this place has proper glassware for most. All members of the staff have commanding knowledge of the world of beer. They'll elucidate the trappings of the Trappist tradition, and they'll turn you on to the most creative local up-and-comers -- all in this humble, crowded little speakeasy. If you get hungry, they always have a choice of excellent cheese plates (hard or soft) and other snacks on offer.
Comfortable and chill, Amnesia is a great place to relax with a few drinks and your buddies. The bar offers a variety of micro-brewed beers along with a wide selection of wines, and live music (from bluegrass to gypsy jazz and even hip-hop) entertains patrons every night. An interestingly mixed Mission crowd can often be found here. The service is mellow and the mood is a sophisticated blend of hip and retro-cool.
In 2012, the international chain of high-end Chinese dining venues unveiled their stunning San Francisco location. Housed in one of the city's iconic buildings known as the One Kearny, it offers diners a view from the second floor overlooking the bustling streets. Sunkissed by day and seductively lit at night, this classy restaurant offers signature Hakkasan dishes, traditional Chinese cuisine, an impressive tea menu, and desserts. The large bar at the center offers handcrafted cocktails and international wines. Whether you're a businessman negotiating over a power lunch or a family celebrating any occasion, Hakkasan provides haute-cuisine in a hip atmosphere.
The Layover is a bar, lounge and gallery all in one. The decor is very bohemian and ethnic, with dark wood, beautiful pillows and cushions, and of course being an art gallery, interesting art covering the walls. The bar features an interesting collection of gourmet cocktails as well as a good selection of beer. Often The Layover boasts live bands or DJs to keep things moving on the dance floor.