401 2nd St
Oakland, CA 94607
Open since 1916, this Jack London Square bar is one of the best dive bars in Oakland. For one, it opens every weekday at 7am and knows how to make a good Bloody Mary, among other morning drinks. Merchant's Saloon was established to serve the sea merchants whose industrial warehouses still surround the bar, and the clientele mostly leans toward the tattooed punk variety, although there's always a lively mix of drinkers. Whiskey shots, spray-painted walls, loud live music, and pool keep the place buzzing until 2am.