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Cafe Van Kleef

Cafe Van Kleef

Oaksterdam, Oakland
  • Gusto L.
    "Great decor, amazing greyhounds and an interesting mix of people."(49 Tips)
    Dave H.
    "Great greyhounds, decor, and live music."(4 Tips)
    Ali U.
    "Fresh grapefruit is the best for some greyhounds and salty dogs."(3 Tips)
    "Great vibe, good cocktails and live music!"(8 Tips)
73 Tips and reviews
  • greyhound
  • great greyhounds
  • live music
  • lively
  • fruit juice
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  • Mark M.
    Mark MunroNovember 13
    Greyhounds for days
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussOctober 10
    Locals spot. Those gray hounds, the eclectic decor, the live music... all serious town business.
  • Ali U.
    Ali Uro-MaySeptember 28
    Fresh grapefruit is the best for some greyhounds and salty dogs.
  • Alex S.
    Alex SilarajsSeptember 15
    Been here 5+ times
    Just get a greyhound.
  • Alan H.
    Alan HJune 9
    Honestly? Yes the fresh grapefruit is killer, but it's too crowded, narrow, noisy, and sticky.
  • natalie k.
    Greyhound for the win
  • nils j.
    Get the salty dog. It's amazing.
  • Chris M.
    Chris Marsh Sr.March 3
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Greyhounds!!!
  • Ilissa G.
    Freshly squeezed greyhounds 😎👍🏽
  • Sarah T.
    Sarah ThomasAugust 28, 2016
    Great greyhounds, music, bartenders & atmosphere: don't value your health or happiness- let people smoke in the entryway by the door. It traps the smoke in the bar area & feels illegal & disgusting
  • Cary T.
    Cary TiernanAugust 16, 2016
    Greyhounds, obviously.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HoughAugust 3, 2016
    Grapefruit Vodka
  • Kait G.
    Kait GaissMay 13, 2016
    A pre-game staple of any show at the Fox is Cafe Van Kleef's Greyhound. I can drink these all night. Plus, the space rules and always has live music playing.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ClancyMay 8, 2016
    Live music
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsJanuary 25, 2016
    Killer Greyhounds with fresh grapefruit juice squeezed right in front of you. The inside of this bar is wild and the prices can't be beat.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    The drinks we're good. I guess.
  • Claudine
    ClaudineNovember 15, 2015
    Great vibe, good cocktails and live music!
  • Jillian B.
    Jillian BlazejewskiNovember 15, 2015
    greyhounds + great sounds! why can't every bar be cafe van kleef?
  • Evan S.
    Evan StoreyOctober 25, 2015
    The people, the grapefruit, the decor, the music, the people. Welcome to Oakland.
  • Oriana
    OrianaSeptember 16, 2015
    Amazing decor. Delicious greyhounds with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Such a good spot. Thanks Rick!
  • Melon L.
    Melon LAugust 13, 2015
    The greyhound is one of the best I've ever had. Fresh squeezed and refreshing, but strong as $&@!
  • Mai V.
    Mai VuAugust 10, 2015
    Grapefruit - greyhound
  • David T.
    David TaylorApril 22, 2015
  • Travis B.
    Travis BloomApril 4, 2015
    More grapefruit please
  • Dave H.
    Dave HoltzMarch 27, 2015
    Great greyhounds, decor, and live music.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SampsonMarch 17, 2015
    They make a mean Greyhound
  • Emily K.
    Emily KaneMarch 14, 2015
    Not messin around with the greyhounds.
  • Marah L.
    Marah LaurieMarch 13, 2015
    Funky, weird & fun bar uptown! Obviously the signature drink must be tried.
  • Jé
    February 27, 2015
    The decor is nice, The greyhounds are made fresh. But, the bartenders could use an attitude adjustment.
  • Solario
    SolarioJanuary 20, 2015
    Greyhounds with fresh-squeezed grapefruit. Go with gin - the way nature intended.
  • nancy t.
    nancy t.September 6, 2014
    Greyhounds. Order something else and you're doing it wrong.
  • Emily R.
    Emily RoseSeptember 3, 2014
    Best greyhounds. Smells of greyhounds. Greyhounds.
  • Sierra V.
    Sierra VAugust 29, 2014
    All the cocktails are top notch.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KerstenAugust 14, 2014
    Salty dog or greyhound
  • Maddie Mae
    Maddie MaeAugust 10, 2014
    Non-smokers and the smoke-sensitive should stay away. Cigarette smoke is perpetually drifting in from the tiny smoking section out front.
  • Donovan N.
    Donovan NixonAugust 10, 2014
    Great greyhounds!
  • Sal M.
    Sal MAugust 8, 2014
    There's only one unisex restroom so expect a long wait on busy nights.
  • Devora L.
    Devora LAugust 7, 2014
    Must get their greyhound. That's all you need to know.
  • Stijn H.
    Stijn HenricusAugust 6, 2014
    Greyhound. Get a greyhound, or 6.
  • Chris H.
    Chris HiltonJune 15, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Watch out for the greyhounds. Stronger than you'd think.
  • Tom B.
    Tom BellinoApril 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a Dirty Dog - whiskey, grapefruit juice and bitters over ice.
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MervauApril 5, 2014
    Please take the advice of all who have posted before, and get the greyhound!
  • Zak T.
    Zak TasticApril 2, 2014
    Their fresh squeezed grapefruit and Kettle Vodka is awesome!
  • Joey C.
    Joey CombsFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    You have to order a greyhound. It's like nothing you've ever had before. Also they only have one bathroom and the line moves super slow so keep that in mind. Love this place 5/5 stars.
  • Jeanine S.
    Jeanine ShimatsuJanuary 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Greyhound, duh. Though Room 389 also does a good greyhound during their happy hour.
  • Kim S.
    Kim SibleyJanuary 23, 2014
    The most perfect greyhounds!
  • Josh M.
    Josh MillerDecember 31, 2013
    Get a Greyhound
  • Jake R.
    Jake RozinNovember 18, 2013
    Live music and freshly squeezed grapefruit greyhound.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KOctober 13, 2013
    Get a greyhound, grab a table, and enjoy the live jazz band!
  • Meg H.
    Meg HerbertJune 4, 2013
    Order the greyhound.
  • Jim B.
    Jim BurkeMay 25, 2013
    Grey hound. Get a greyhound
  • Kelli J.
    Kelli JohnstonMay 21, 2013
    Fresh Squeezed Greyhounds. Pace yourself if thats possible, these are strong drinks! Great funky decor. Reminds me of New Orleans. Beer selection is lacking. More of a cocktail bar. good jazz.
  • Viradel P.
    Delicious drinks and unique in the inside.
  • Turkeyfoot F.
    Turkeyfoot FrecklestockingFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fuck a greyhound. Get a bulldog.
  • Xian X.
    Xian XianDecember 8, 2012
    Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice Greyhounds!!
  • Ivan R.
    Ivan RodriguezOctober 20, 2012
    Try the Greyhound, it's a signature drink with Vodka and Grapefruit.
  • Feelmore510 A.
    Do not talk to the animals!
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    The don't-miss drink here is the Greyhound (fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka).
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsJuly 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the greyhound - #kvpinmybelly : Fresh fruit juice with a huge slice of grapefruit. A healthy cocktail!!
  • Paula W.
    Selected as one of the 2012 Bay Area's Top 100 Bars by the SF Chronicle, in the Dives category.
  • Gusto L.
    Gusto LopezJune 23, 2012
    Great decor, amazing greyhounds and an interesting mix of people. The COVER CHARGE is a joke. I only enter when that little cover charge is NOT in effect.
  • eh?
    eh?May 10, 2012
    Van queef's
  • J N.
    J NateJanuary 13, 2012
    Grapefruit and tequila
  • Kevin R.
    Kevin RobertsOctober 29, 2011
    Famous for their Greyhounds with fresh squeezed grapefruit and warm hospitality of Peter Van Kleef. Funky beyond belief decoration.
  • Sha A.
    Sha AkbarSeptember 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    fresh grapefruit Greyhound. brilliant.
  • mayu-chan
    mayu-chanAugust 25, 2011
    Great live music
  • Inga
    IngaJuly 3, 2011
    Try their Greyhound drink. It's healthy: vodka & grapefruit juice. Yumm
  • Phil H.
    Phil HamiltonMay 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Greyhound ever Read more
  • Gillian M.
    Gillian M.February 15, 2011
    Free wi-fi
  • Trev ✌.
    Trev ✌February 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
  • Terbo T.
    Terbo TedDecember 4, 2009
    Been here 50+ times
    I pitch for this bars softball team; our trophies are in the front patio. Some of my art is installed inside: seven skulls opposite the bar, along the wall
  • Dan F.
    Dan FoxNovember 23, 2009
    Get a gig, talk to Peter
  • Mick.
    Mick.August 19, 2009
    Get a made-to-order Greyhound. Comes with a shitload of well-vodka, and a huge wedge of grapefruit.
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