Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon, Oakland

#5 of 9 in Nightlife in Oakland
Nightlife · Bar / Club
Heinold's First and Last Chance is a waterfront saloon opened by John (Johnny) M. Heinold in 1883 on Jack London Square in Oakland, California, United States. The name "First and Last Chance" refers to the time in which for many sailors, the pub was the first and last chance to drink alcohol heavily before or after a long voyage.

Heinold's First and Last Chance is also known as "Jack London's Rendezvous", as it was the inspiration for scenes from the Oakland writer's novels Call of the Wild and The Sea Wolf.
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  • Built circa 1883. The floor is curved due to the 1905 Earthquake. The jolt knocked over the building support pilings and instead of repairing the foundation in the aftermath, they chose to leave it...  more »
  • If you visit Oakland especially get there by the ferry or a train, it is a must to be at Jack London Square for restaurants and bar. Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon is the oldest bar opened in....  more »
  • Love the history. Great service too. Not just another tourist trap, has a small town bar feel and locals drink there too. Don't just look inside and leave, stop a while and enjoy a drink to truly appreciate it!
  • Very cool place to grab a drink. Apparently the inside was slanted due to an earthquake some 40 plus years ago and it's become part of the places charm. It also has a nice patio just feet from the water but the combination of the rustic western building and decor and the slanted floors and bar made the inside a much more interesting place to enjoy our drinks.

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