Oakland Journals

Things to do in Oakland

A February 2001 trip to Oakland by cassidy90

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Quote: I have stayed in Oakland on several different occasions and was surprised how much there is to do there. Not a bad place to visit if you're passing through.

Things to do in Oakland

Overview

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Oakland is a nice town to hang out in and find things to do. I originally ended up here several times on ships and managed to return twice since. Some parts of Oakland are somewhat sketchy, but overall it has lots to offer.Quick Tips: Jack London Square is a really nice place to spend an afternoon. It has changed a lot since the first time I was there about seven years ago. Nearby, in the downtown area, there is another really nice outdoor mall that isn't a bad place to sit and people watch. Here, there are a lot of interesting little stores, restaurants, and coffee bars. In addition to this, there are a lot of great small bars downtown that get more lively in the evening.Best Way T...Read More

Executive Inn and Suites Oakland

Hotel | "Executive Inn Oakland"

Executive Inn and Suites Oakland Photo, Oakland, California
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I have stayed in the Executive Inn on two different occasions. Once for two weeks, and once on a road trip passing through. The motel is in a really nice setting on the waterfront directly accross from Coast Guard Island. The other side is unfortunately facing the highway. This makes it convenient, but not attractive. It is situated about a mile from downtown Oakland and several nice restaurants, but you do need a car to get anywhere. The drive is very easy because Embarcadero Drive is rarely full. The area is safe, but the roads don't have good sidewalks and the scenery isn't attractive. The motel itself is excellent. Their friendly staff and very clean rooms make the place an excellent spot...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Executive Inn and Suites Oakland
1755 Embarcadero Drive
Oakland, California 94606
510-536-6633

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I have eaten at Quinn's on several occasions. The restaurant is not in the Jack London area, but instead, about a mile and a half south on Embarcadero Drive. The original lighthouse was built in 1890. Quinn's is pretty cool because they somehow manage to pull off a fancy atmosphere with a real sailor bar feel. They have quite a selection of beers available, and the food has always been excellent there. Upstairs, the servers provide peanuts when you sit down. Everybody throws the shells on the floor and it gets deep. I've been there several nights when local bands are present singing sea shanties. Downstairs provides a more formal atmosphere, but I've never eaten down there. If you stumble int...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 19, 2003

Quinn's Lighthouse Restaurant and Pub
51 Embarcadero Cove
Oakland, California 94606
(510) 536-2050

Heinold's First & Last Chance Bar

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Attraction | "Heinold's First and Last Chance Bar"

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I wasn't quite sure whether to list this little bar under bars and pubs or historic sights. I decided that it's more of a historic spot than anything else. If you stroll down to the southern end of Jack London Square by the parking lots, you can't miss this little pub. It looks like it was taken directly out of the 1800s. Actually, it was. The building was built in 1880 out of the wood from an old whaling ship. It is positioned on the dock where the ferry used to cross to Alameda. It is for this reason that it is named "First and Last Chance." In the early 1900s, Alameda was a dry town and this was the last spot to buy alcohol before crossing on the ferry, and the first spot returning. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 20, 2003

Heinold's First & Last Chance Bar
48 Webster Street In Jack London Square
Oakland, California 94607
(510) 839-6761