Hours: Sun.-Thur. 2 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fri.-Sat. 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
It's a neighborhood bar, but it's no dive; stylish Z's is adorned with ornate chandeliers overhead, upholstered and cushioned barstools in a rich red, a gleaming cherry-wood bar, fresh flower arrangements, and decorative lion-head pillars behind the bar. Yet despite this attention to detail, Z's clientele tends toward the casual and laid-back. Intimate and friendly with a hint of class, it's the quintessential 21st-century Alameda bar.