Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
no score

Awaiting 10 Reviews

Type: Bar

48 Webster St.
Oakland, California, 94607
United States

(510) 839-6761 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by SacoDeToro on 02-10-2007

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 4
Photo of DoubleJ
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5

Historic landmark buffs, take note; Heinold's has been in the bar business since 1882, which by west coast standards is a long time. Sure, I've been to an older bar in America (Bell in Hand) and I have yet to visit the numerous centuries old pubs in London, but Heinold's has left intact much of its character. The facade looks authentic. When you open the door to walk inside, you're thinking a few things; why is the bar and floor slanting downwards? Look how small this place is! What's all this junk hanging from the ceiling? Even the lighting is by candle and gas. Eventually, I got around to asking myself; what kind of beer is served here?

7 taps, all of the craft variety (Pyramind, Trumer, Full Sail, Deschutes, Linden Steet, Anchor Steam, Lagunitas), are poured. In addition, 13 selections of bottles are available, including Anderson Valley and more Lagunitas choices. $5 was the going rate for the drafts and craft bottles. You have the option of drinking inside (from a shaker pint glass) or outside (from a plastic cup). It was a warm night, so most people sat and drank outdoors. I chose to sit inside and absorb 130 years of history. Even the bartender pepped the experience with his old timey bartender costume and character.

Fun experience to say the list, but the beer geek inside me is pulling me towards Beer Revolution in the future. Even so, the novelty of the Heinold justifies a visit.

 1,414 characters

Photo of sabinee
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Well, I was last weekend in Oakland and I have the opportunity to be in this historic place. It was a great experience, cause I have never been in a place like this one before.

I went to San Fransisco with all my family and we decided to go to Oakland Yoshis jazz club. But first we enjoy at Heinold´s First & Last Chance saloon a few beers.

The selection was good, one Lagunitas, Liberty anchor and Sierra nevada.

When I was enjoying my beers I close my eyes and try to imagine Jack London in this place sitting infront of me...well yo can imagine many stories.

If you have the chance to visit Oakland it´s a must to visit this amazing and magic place.

 661 characters

Photo of SacoDeToro
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon is an historic monument. Located in Oakland's Jack London Square, this bar operates out of its original structure dating back to 1883. The bar is roughly 400 square feet and is right on the water overlooking the San Francisco bay. The building has survived many earthquakes, and as a result, the floor slopes down at a steep angle - maybe 10 degrees or more. It was steep enough that they had to cut their barstools' and tables' legs unequally so they'd sit up straight.

Inside there's a decent selection of microbrews. Anchor, Sierra Nevada, Full Sail, Urquell, Pyramid, and Lagunitas are some of the taps that adorn the bar.

Heinold's nostalgic charm make it my favorite place to enjoy a pint of Anchor Steam. There's a sense of rich history I get everytime I take a sip and look across the bay to SF.

Visiting this quaint stop will disabuse anyone to the stigma's that plague the city of Oakland, my hometown. It's a wonderful place to live that's rich with diversity and culture. Heinold's is a piece of that history.

 1,069 characters

Heinold's First & Last Chance Saloon in Oakland, CA
3.71 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!