Opened in 1933, this is the nation’s longest continuously operating gay bar. Friendly to every type of lover, the funky dive boasts pool tables, the perfect barstools for bellying up, a round fireplace for lounging, and the requisite mirrored dance room with DJ booth.
Constant live music is the earmark of Eli’s divey dive. That and strong drinks. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, it was known for blues. Now it’s punk and rock. Stop by anytime after noon to get your liquid and/or aural fix.
Sit high over Oakland with a bird's-eye view north towards San Francisco. Watching the sunset is a must at this sneaky spot, which is also perfect for fireworks shows. Just, you know, don’t tell too many people.