Oakland >Restaurants > The Alley
3325 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA | Directions 9461037.813128 -122.247156
Neighborhoods: Grand Lake
Great little place! – This place has become my new number 1 spot! I just love the small places where there’s not a lot of people! We get dinner here every so often and we just love the food! Music is great too!
Dive bar – I went in with low expectations and even then I was disappointed. They do get a star fro friendly service, but the place is just a dive bar.
Aug 9, 1945 – My mom recently passed away and I found this picture in an Alley photo jacket. They are all from the Kansas City area and must have met up while in California. It is from Aug 9th, 1945 when my dad was based in California in the Navy. My mom (in the middle) is pictured with her sister and her first husband (left) and her brother and his first wife (right). How wonderful your restaurant must be to stay in business this long- Congratulations- can't wait to try it!
Cheap drinks, Onion Rings and Karaoke! – Ron Dibble plays piano after nine at this Lake Merritt watering hole...and you can sing along...
Dimly lit, you can add your business card to the thousands that cover the walls. If you're waiting for someone, reading the yellowed cards that seem to date back to the '40's is really entertaining.
Did I mention the onion rings are real and not from a bag? The burgers do seem to be the pre-packaged kind, but not bad either.
Drinks and food are INCREDIBLY AFFORDABLE and the crowd gets fairly young and hip in the evening.
Stop in. You won't be disappointed.
Always fun. – I mostly only go with my one Eat Bay friend (am a a "stay in the city"type girl), but I enjoy this place. It is usually quiet an divie, just the way I like a bar.
Good for a drink and some chatting with my bestest friend! Not too keen on the rest of the crowd though.
Grand Lake revelers sing showtunes and eat steak at this funky watering hole. – In Short
The interior is dimly lit with low ceilings and ski-lodge-style shingles, while thousands of business cards cover the walls. The dining room is a maze of tables and booths; the tiny bar room is minimalistic. In the back, an old piano is surrounded by a wooden cover to rest drinks upon. A few nightgowns hang inexplicably on a clothesline. Microphones protrude from the piano bar and singers go round-robin, belting out Cole Porter to Hank Williams tunes. The bartender can sometimes disappear for a few minutes, but patrons never seem to be short of a drink.
Cool Dive Bar – This place is great dive bar. They have a smal menu with good food, great waitresses and bartenders and there's never a long wait to get a drink. The place is decorated like an old alley and comes complete with a singing piano guy. They even have extra mics on the piano if you feel the urge to sing along!
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