Heinold’s has been holding court in Jack London Square since before the lauded West Coast writer had risen to prominence (and certainly before he was old enough to drink). Located next to one of the Port of Oakland’s major marinas, Heinold’s has maintained its crusty sailor spirit, thanks, in large part, to the original gas lamps, wood-burning stove, tilting floor (courtesy of the 1906 earthquake) and decided sense of history. London, of course, was a regular in his day and the locals will tell you he worked on drafts and gained inspiration for his books here. These days, the surrounding square has been cleaned up considerably, but Heinold’s remains the perfect place to grab a beer and dream of adventure.
- day drinking
- outdoor / patio