The Top 10 Bars In Alameda, California

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Photo of Garrett Young
9 February 2017

Suburban at best, Alameda is widely known for its variety of good restaurants and bars. With a good range of produce and a variety of themes and alcohol, it’s understandable that bar-hopping is a recurring occasion in this little town. Take a look at some of the top 10 suggestions for eating out in the area.

Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

Bar, American, Beer, Pub Grub, $$$
Just as the name suggests, this island-themed bar has all you can imagine, from little island umbrellas to palm trees used as decoration. Served in festive bottles like tiki mugs that are accompanied by cute paper umbrellas, quench your thirst and snack on the assorted bar goodies ranging from fried seafood to mozzarella sticks. With the warm ambiance exuded by the staff and its assortment of customers, enjoy their take on mixed drinks, which are sometimes literally on fire.

Lucky 13

Bar, American, Beer
One of the least themed bars in Alameda, Lucky 13 presents itself as a classic biker spot. Next to some kicking food joints, this bar caters to all your drinking needs with its beer drafts, hard liquors, and mixed cocktails. Located on the corner of Park Street, you can’t miss that sinister cat logo peeking through while hordes of people crowd around the bar. Set up with rows of tables, twirling chairs, a pool table, and an outside lounging area located in the back, this bar is a hot spot to chat it up with complete strangers.

The Hobnob

Bar, American, Beer, $$$
Like most places in Alameda, good food and drinks are important. The Hobnob presents both with its brunch menu and its wide range of meals from pan-seared salmon to a classic bar burger. Whether visiting for a family dinner or enjoying karaoke night with a few beers and refreshing cocktails, this place will accommodate any need. There are board games available and it’s kid-friendly too.


Bar, American, Beer, Pub Grub
Decorated like an average sports bar that has 13 televisions playing football games, this Irish-American fusion bar has no problem getting customers to enter their doors. With 12 drafts on tap, wine, and its very American-influenced meals, it’s an enticing spot to relax and root for your sports team. Good for private parties, McGee’s offers shuffleboard and a jukebox filled with great tunes, creating a fun environment while waiting for your food and drinks. Whether out of curiosity, or a regular, make sure to take the opportunity to come during St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy the hanging four leaf clovers and their take on green beer.

Wine & Waffles

One of the newer additions to the alcohol scene in Alameda, Wine & Waffles serves exactly what you would expect and more. There are 200 different variations of fine wine that are mainly from California, South America and even Europe. But don’t fret because the non-wine lovers out there can expect locally brewed beer as an option, which make wonderful accompaniments to their many snacks ranging from Baja fish tacos to their chicken waffle sliders. Decorated for a more relaxed ambiance, Wine & Waffles proves that there is no need to drive to Napa for some wine.

Wine & Waffles, 1505 Park St, Alameda, CA, USA, +1 510 523 2301

Monkey King Pub & Grub

Bar, Cocktail Bar, Pub, Asian, Fusion
Possibly the busiest and longest wait in Alameda, this Asian fusion pub lives up to its title as one of the popular joints to visit. With Monkey King Pub & Grub’s Asian-American-themed meals ranging from garlic noodles to their famous disco fries, it’s not hard to understand why people are here to mix good grub with some cocktails and jungle juice. Aside from fruitier cocktails, Monkey King Pub & Grub also accommodates large parties with bottle service, including vodka, rum, tequila, scotch, whiskey, and cognac.

Alameda Island Brewing Company

Another addition to Alameda’s nightlife is the brewery located farther down Park Street. One of the more inexpensive places to get a buzz on, Alameda Island Brewing Company showcases their specialized beers that are created in the back. Whether choosing the taster, the glass, or even the 64-ounce growler, you’ll surely enjoy your time drinking while playing with the stacks of games they offer.

Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park St, Alameda, CA, USA, +1 510 217 8885

Swell Bar

Bar, American, Beer
Heavily themed and decorated with plastic fishes, mermaids, anchors, a boat table, and wooden steering wheels placed randomly, this nautical bar takes you under the sea to where the alcohol is. Placed farther away from the rest of the bars in Alameda, the seclusion is perfect for a more chilled-out night on the town. Swell Bar keeps its doors open later than other bars, making it a hot spot for bar-hopping adventures.

American Oak

Bar, Pub, Restaurant, American, Beer, Contemporary, $$$
With a full bar and an overlooking second floor, American Oak is a higher-end pub. With its assortment of foods ranging from steak to their take on stew, some might be confused with whether or not this is just your average restaurant. Unfortunately, this is not a kid-friendly zone, which would make sense since American Oak’s known for their notable stock of whiskey. With 120 different variations of whiskey under their belt, expect to feel that fancy burn down the throat.

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