Das Zeitgeist ist Bar und Gästehaus in einem. Wenn man also einen über den Durst getrunken hat, kann man für USD 30 (EUR 32,70) ein Zimmer nehmen und sich hier ausschlafen. Doch bevor es soweit ist, sollte man das Lokal genießen. Die Drinks sind gut, und man kommt leicht mit den anderen Gästen ins Gespräch. Von der Vielzahl an Lederjacken und Harleys sollte man sich keineswegs abschrecken lassen - hier fühlen sich nicht nur Motorradfreaks wohl. Es gibt eine Veranda, auf der gegrillt und Livemusik gespielt wird. Das Beste an dieser Institution jedoch ist, dass man gleich nach dem Aufstehen mit dem gleichen Programm nochmal beginnen kann.
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.
Cafe Van Kleef is located right in the heart of Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. The theme of Van Kleef is unconventional and all about the quirky artwork everywhere. The specialty at Van Kleef's is their Greyhound - a drink of vodka with grapefruit juice, which you can watch them squeezing fresh at almost any given point during the night. On most nights in the week, the bar plays live jazz music. Certain nights come with a cover charge so be sure to check details before you head here.
In dieser Gegend, die für ihre Weinkeller und –lokale bekannt ist, stellt diese Bar das Mekka für die Weinliebhaber aus der Bay Area dar, von denen einige sogar mehr als 80 km fahren, um an der imposanten Holz-Bar zu sitzen und Weine aus dieser unglaublichen Auswahl aus der ganzen Welt zu probieren. Das aus erfrischend bescheidenen Weinexperten bestehende Personal führt durch die Weinkarte und hilft dem Kunden dabei, genau den edlen Tropfen zu finden, den er sucht. Der angegliederte Laden ist winzig, doch was nicht in der Auslage liegt, kann aus dem scheinbar unendlich großen Weinkeller geholt werden. Samstags zwischen 15:00 und 17:00 gibt es zusätzlich eine Weinprobe, die sich auf die Weine einer bestimmten Region konzentriert, wobei es eine Region aus irgendeinem Land sein kann – von Australien bis zum Ural. Um den Wein zu unterstreichen, gibt es eine ständig wechselnde Auswahl an Appetitanregern und Nachtischen, die auf die Weine abgestimmt sind. Handys sind strengstens verboten.
Founded in 1985 by two brothers, the Triple Rock Brewery is a laid-back taverna-style pub that serves craft beers from their own collection. The lime-up of brews includes several strong American ales such as the Monkey Head, Red Rock Ale and the Stonehenge Stout. Those who are uncertain about their preference can taste any of their tap beers first in a taster glass for a paltry sum. To nosh on, there are plenty of American bar snacks such as wings, burgers, sandwiches, fries and nachos.
This favorite is full of congenial spirits (both the drinks and the regulars), fish and chips and some of the best in local and Irish bands. Enjoy over two dozen beers on tap, including an impressive selection of local brews and ales, as well as the usual suspects (Guinness, Rolling Rock). There is a small dance floor that fills up during live performances, but also features locals who jump on in for folk dancing. Traditional Irish dance lessons are held on Mondays, and Happy Hour lasts from opening to 7p.
Don't judge this bricked building by its name! Forgery is a lively bar serving tantalizing mixed drinks and crafty cocktails. Located in the lively SoMa neighborhood, the bar is owned and operated by partners Ken Luciano who curates most of the drinks on the menu and Jacques Bezuindenhout. The menu is quite impressive and you won't just settle for one order! The kitsch decor and prompt service make the bar a favorite among locals. The DJs are known to put up a great line up on peppy numbers. Forgery also arranges for private events.
The brainchild of Andrew and Jennifer Hall, The Beer Hall is a beer lover's haven. From the customized beer bottle capped back wall, a sleek bar with countless beer behind it, and beer racks, it would be tough not to like this tiny yet inviting beer shrine. With more than 242 beers, you will surely find a favorite. Specializing in handcrafted beer, there is a small but fine selection of wine as well. Enjoy the drinks in the tasting room or pick some up for your beer party at home. Don't miss this place if beer is on your mind and in your heart.
Located on Mission Street, The Crafty Fox Ale House is an exciting spot to swig some cold beer and relax with friends. This friendly space has a beer garden feel, with wooden picnic tables and overhead twinkling lights. As for the beer collection, Crafty Fox has 36 taps of ever-rotating brews, and feature some local beers such as Almanac and Lagunitas. There is also a menu of bar bites and small plates to munch on, as well as more unconventional dishes like the Octopus Shawarma and Bacon Cheddar Popcorn.
Bergerac is an up-scale bar and restaurant located in San Francisco's SoMa district. Trendy and buzzing, the bar seeks to recreate the atmosphere and vibe of a classy house-party, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Villa Nellcote, that all great Rolling Stones fans ought to know about. Serving up a great selection of hand-crafted cocktails and delicious small eats, Bergerac is a popular after-hours bar. Try the Hotel Nacional, a potent blend of Rum, Apricot and Brandy perfect for a large group.
The ritzy Azúcar Lounge is found at a busy spot in SoMa's main nightlife hub. Pistachio-green sitting booths well complement the soft wood floors and tables in this intimate space, where guests get to indulge in some toothsome Mexican street food specials and other Latin delights in a homely setting. Along with an expansive list of Mexican eats, Azúcar also offers a fine selection of Latin-style cocktails and other chilled libations. Birthday celebrations and wedding receptions can also be organized at its function hall.