Best Dive

The Kingfish

Oakland may be awash in all manner of dark, dingy, and otherwise dank places to get our collective drink on, but don't get it twisted: All dive bars are certainly not created equal. Fortunately for all of us, the city is home to one of the absolute best, a sort of wonderfully alternative universe where the televised sports never end, the popcorn is bottomless, and time doesn't exist. There's shuffleboard and Buck Hunter in the back room, stiff drinks and impossibly scuffed floors up front, low ceilings and lively company throughout: The Kingfish's building dates back to ninety years, and if all of us are lucky it'll stay there another ninety, same as it ever was.

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