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“Cool enough to make the trip to see it.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon

Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon
48 Webster St in Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607
510-839-6761
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Ranked #14 of 113 things to do in Oakland
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Osage Beach, Missouri
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Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“Cool enough to make the trip to see it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

We really enjoyed having a couple of Stella's at the slanted bar and reading all the memorabilia left by various servicemen back in the day. Many pictures and signs also merited our attention as the bartender kept things fun by filling us in on the history. Fun Fun Fun.

Visited November 2013
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Midlothian, Va.
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Don't miss Heinold's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Get a history lesson while you enjoy a drink at the slanted bar, a result of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Famous for it's association with Jack London. Be sure to ask about the money on the wall behind the bar. Note the gas lamps, soot-coated business cards on the ceiling and the clock that stopped when the earthquake struck. And take a glance inside Jack London's cabin, located adjacent to the building.

Visited November 2013
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Veneta, Oregon, United States
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“Oddly enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Walked here from my hotel actually looking for a place to eat. walked in on a whim. It just caught my eye. I didnt notice any food here, but the $5 handful of craft beers on tap caused me to say to myself ... time for just one... what a quirky and fantastic place to find! Lots of good bottled beers to choose from if the taps don't strike your fancy. If you are uptight I don't know if this is the place for you: It's dark, small "old" and wonderfully chaotic on the inside with stuff to look at everywhere. gaslamp lit, with junk shop treasures galore. a clock that stopped during the earthquake, a bathroom that speaks to you and the floor is angled as is the bar, another remnant of the earthquake. Careful stepping into the door, it's tricky .The bartender will " rib " you and at first you might be taken aback , but roll with it and by the end of the night you will feel as part of the place as anyone there laughing and talking. Nice folks here , and the bartender tells the history of the bar and you will enjoy it! It's like performance art with your beer, transporting you back to a time of ships and writers . Outdoor seating is also offered and it seemed everyone brought thier dog. water dishes for them and trees to tie them to. View of the water. I dont want to tell too much, you should go yourself and let it unfold as you discover it. Cool place!

Visited October 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“Interesting place for a beer”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We went down to Jack London Square on a Tuesday Night for a look around. We came to Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon and decided to leave the kids outside with their mother and go and have a beer. The bar is very small, in fact I don't think twenty people would fit inside. It was dark inside and the walls and ceiling were covered in all sorts of memorabilia. One section was covered in one dollar bills.

We went in and the bar tender took our order and then asked if we had been there before. We said no so he gave us a short history about the bar and told us about Jack London going there from the age of 4. The floor was tilted and I am not sure as it was dark but it could have been dirt covered. Great atmosphere, full of history and the beer was good.

Visited November 2012
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“Such a different place to drink”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Excellent place to while away some time. As previous reviewers have said it's all on a tilt since the earthquake but that's just part of the charm. There's so much to look at, the clock that stopped, the signed dollar bills, the notes on the roof blackened by the wood, it goes on an on. So much history in such a small building. And its only a few minutes to amtrak station

Visited April 2012
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