Heinold's First & Last Chance
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- 98%History Buffs
- 98%Nightlife Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Local Culture
Member Reviews (7)
- Heinold's First & Last ChanceCommunity ManagerMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesBackpackers+ 4Aug 10, 2013
When I was a kid, I held a strange fascination with Jack London's White Fang. Perhaps it was my young age, my psyche in its unrefined, primal state, that naturally compelled me to recognize civility's tie to the vicious wild. Perhaps it was my inexperienced mind, exploring the world and seeing it for what it was at the time for me, expansive and unknown...
Or perhaps it was because Disney made a movie about it starring Ethan Hawke.
Heinold's First and Last Chance Saloon, built in 1880, was named such because it was literally the first and last chance a traveler had of getting a stiff drink before heading in and out of silly, dry Alameda. Nicknamed "Jack London's Rendezvous," Jack himself sat and studied here as a kid, then, at age 17, wrote The Sea Wolf and Call of the Wild from the same seats. Other notable patrons included President Taft, R.L. Stevenson, and Ambrose Bierce. And the floor? Slanted, because of the 1906 earthquake and preserved thus. You just can't buy history like that.
Oh, and they have a patio.
- Heinold's First & Last ChanceMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 1Feb 24, 2013
Heinold's First & Last Chance is a unique looking bar. It's a hole in the wall and the decor is unique - you can see everything from the SF Chronicle front page from the 1989 earthquake to autographed construction hats. It has supposedly remained the same since 1883.
- Heinold's First & Last ChanceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 2Jan 24, 2014
I prefer the dark and cluttered interior of this bar over the light and airy beergarden atmosphere of the outdoor drinking patio, but I'm and indoor drinker...
This bar has a lot to offer, from well poured drinks, interesting and friendly staff, and historical decoré. One of the things I like most about it though is that the floor lists at a 15 degree angle. It makes me feel like I'm drinking in a batman fight scene. On some magic Thursday nights, the pirate shanty folks come here after the rowdy singalongs at Quinn's for a much quieter and more intimate musical performance, but nothing is guaranteed.
- Heinold's First & Last ChanceMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersGreen Travelers+ 1Sep 14, 2012
This place is awesome! A historic bar from yesterday that used to be a Jack London favorite hang out. The floors were damaged by an earthquake, so everything is slanted, making it feel like a fun house. They have excellent beers on tap.
- Heinold's First & Last ChanceMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
Gayle and I bought a few sausages at the nearby Farmer's Market and proceeded to Heinold's to buy some beer and sit outside and enjoy our lunch. The bar inside of course is dark and divey. Outside was a glorious Northern California summer day.