Below is a list of the top and leading Pubs in Oakland, CA. To help you find the best Pubs located near you in Oakland, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Oakland’s Best Pubs:
The top rated Pubs in Oakland, CA are:
- Sláinte Irish Pub Oakland – a comfortable Irish tavern for traditional dishes, plus beer, wine & mixed drinks, in homey digs
- McNally’s Irish Pub – sports on TV, pool & outdoor seating lure locals to this bar serving beer & cocktails
- Seawolf Public House – low-key neighborhood gastropub serving cocktails, California beers & casual New American eats
- CommonWealth – cozy corner spot offering espresso & breakfast fare by day & pints & creative pub fare by night
- Kingfish Pub & Cafe – veteran, old-school neighborhood bar with a jukebox, a shuffleboard table & a popcorn machine
Sláinte Irish Pub Oakland
Sláinte Irish Pub Oakland exists to introduce Oakland, California, to Irish hospitality, culture, and cuisine. Irish County Donegal, where Jackie Gallanagh was born and nurtured, is Buncrana. Her family recipes were used to establish the menu for the pub, which she then expanded with more delicious meals made with both imported and locally found ingredients. They serve wonderful, authentic Irish food, have a wide selection of Irish whiskey, and consistently pour perfect pints.
Address: 131 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 823 2644
“It was crazy good here! Went here to do something different. What a great surprise! Shepherd’s pie, rolled sausage and chips was to die for. And, let’s not forget the ginger cake with whiskey whipped cream! Amazing! Gotta go to Oakland to get it though!!” – Debbie Paine
McNally’s Irish Pub
McNally’s Irish Pub was established on the final day of Prohibition by Bill McNally. According to lore, if Bill liked you, you would receive the best service in town; yet, if he didn’t, you would pass out from dehydration before he arrived. Fortunately for Oakland and his company, Bill got along well with most people. They restored McNally’s to its former glory as a fantastic neighborhood pub while preserving the welcoming atmosphere for which it had grown famous over the years. The interior design and amenities have mostly not changed: there is no food, there are just a few small bathrooms, and the walls are covered with historical artifacts and photographs of Jack Nicholas, Ireland, and JFK, who sneaked in for a drink during his presidential campaign.
Address: 5352 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618
Phone: (510) 655 3929
“I have a thing for Irish pubs and this one did not disappoint. Large outdoor setting area & fast, friendly service. No food, but lots of restaurants nearby. It’s always a lovely day for a Guinness & we’ll be back if in the area.” – Saleh Almatari
Seawolf Public House
Seawolf Public House is a local bar located in Oakland’s Jack London area. They have a full bar, 16 taps, inventive cocktails, and excellent food. They take pleasure in their menu, making each dish from scratch and, if possible, using ingredients that are obtained locally and sustainably. Visit them to play pool, darts, or ring toss, watch your favorite sports, or just to hang out and have something to eat and drink. They’re open from Tuesday through Sunday, and on the weekends they serve brunch until 2:30.
Address: 350 4th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone: (510) 891 1660
“This place has ideal bar vibe, and the food is good as well. I came here with a few friends and we had an amazing time. Everybody loved the food specially the nachos with carnitas, and the hood house drinks. My personal favorite was the Korean fried chicken sandwich. Also this places pricing is pretty good compared to other restaurants in the area. Our server April was fantastic as well, she was friendly, informative, and also on time. I’ll be back here.” – Dartise Jones
CommonWealth offers a cozy corner spot offering espresso & breakfast fare by day & pints & creative pub fare by night The snug is a little lounge-like area with a personal TV. Perfect for enjoying beers with friends while watching a game. Please be aware that there are coffee tables in the cozy rather than full-height tables. Though Commonwealth is primarily a soccer pub, they love to display a variety of local sports. If this does not work for you, please let them know in advance or think about renting the dining room.
Address: 2882 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 663 3001
“Very tasty scotch eggs here – although the yolks in them are not runny so I’m not sure they’re cooked on site. Either way, great atmosphere, service and food here. A great place to stop at for a quick, simple breakfast.” – Sam Bartleman
Kingfish Pub & Cafe
Kingfish Pub & Cafe is a former bait shop that now serves beer and has witnessed most of the past century in North Oakland. On their walls are the tales of bootleggers and Bears, regulars and Athletics, weekenders and Warriors. Come in for a pint or linger over a few. The Kingfish is the kind of venue where building a regular customer base is simple. Reserve their private event space in the historic Victorian behind the bar for just $200.
Address: 5227 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94609
Phone: (510) 655 7373
“My wife and I came to Kingfish Pub tonight (Sat) for the first time and loved the energy of the place. Bar manager, bartender and staff were down to earth and welcoming. Drinks were great and we had fun conversations with people at the patio. Everybody seemed very friendly and relaxed. Looking forward to coming back!” – Guillermo Garcia
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