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The Alley

Dive Bar, Karaoke Bar, and Piano Bar$$$$
Grand Lake, Oakland
  • Teresa P.
    "Piano bar and singing are lots of fun."(10 Tips)
    Paula W.
    "Try a beer and the special steak dinner with salad and baked potato"(5 Tips)
    Libby L.
    "Can't decide between a club steak and a special steak?"(2 Tips)
    Alex T.
    "Karaoke on Sundays, fun trivia nights and acoustic karaoke."(3 Tips)
43 Tips and reviews
  • steak dinner
  • singing
  • trivia
  • karaoke
  • burgers
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  • Hannah W.
    Singing with Rod Dibble should be on everyone's bucket list. Love the old walls covered in business cards going way back. Such a special, unique, unpretentious bar.
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaMay 23, 2016
    Eclectic interior and good spot to hang out at but they have basic beers in bottles only.
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 3, 2016
    There are few places in the Bay as wonderful as The Alley. It would be a decent joint without the piano, but the piano player puts it on the map. So grab a drink, pick a song from the book, and enjoy. Read more
  • Byron W.
    Byron WilkesFebruary 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love love love The Alley. Perfectly nails the backyard bar vibe and I will definitely be back. If you don't like hipsters, steer clear.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganNovember 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    They are renovating their kitchen so the menu is totally different. If you had your heart set on steak or fried chicken or a burger prepare to be disappointed!
  • William G.
    William GunnOctober 27, 2015
    Cash only piano bar
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranJune 11, 2015
    One of the best bars in Oakland. Live piano karaoke for pros only!
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussFebruary 11, 2015
    A dive with a heart of gold. Love the steak dinners and the characters at the piano. I met my wife here. What's not to like?
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoodeFebruary 4, 2015
    Gotta love Sunday karaoke.
  • Michael G.
    Michael GoodeFebruary 4, 2015
    Gotta love the karaoke Sunday's.
  • Libby L.
    Libby Lee-EganJanuary 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't decide between a club steak and a special steak? The club is much larger and only a dollar more. Decision made.
  • Fernanda A.
    Fernanda AlvesNovember 15, 2014
    Great place to relax and drink with some friends! Good atmosphere and decoration!
    Upvoted Jan 8
  • Candy E.
    Candy Eros DiazSeptember 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Dirty martini's & steak dinners!
  • Alex K.
    Alex KimSeptember 24, 2014
    You may be surprised that they have an excellent selection of steaks at this dive bar. Gave the sirloin a shot and was pretty impressed.
  • Bryan D.
    Bryan DyerSeptember 19, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Drinks, bartenders, food, karaoke and trivia...
  • Alex T.
    Alex TenetteAugust 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Karaoke on Sundays, fun trivia nights and acoustic karaoke. Friendly staff and really great burgers
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Make sure to bring plenty of cash because The Alley doesn't take cash.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamNovember 22, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Take a chance and sing at the piano featuring Rod Dibble
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamOctober 18, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Be extra nice to Jennifer the bartender and she will be extra nice back!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamMay 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If you want to sing at the piano, tip the piano player!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamOctober 8, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The Oakland Song was made here! Ask Rod Dibble about it.
  • Mary K.
    Mary KSeptember 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    stiff cheap drinks!!
  • John B.
    John BobeldykApril 5, 2012
    Cash only. Sorry, we do not accept credit cards.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamMarch 1, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Be sure to drop a buck in Rod Dibble's tip jar before you sing!
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidFebruary 21, 2012
    Bring a biz card, ask for the stapler & leave your mark. Stay for a drink & the piano bar stylings of Rod Dibble. The Alley is an institution.
  • Brad L.
    Brad LausterFebruary 15, 2012
    Ron Dibble on the keys!
  • Christine B.
    Christine BayugaDecember 22, 2011
    Karaoke with a piano and people who can sing.
  • Christine B.
    Christine BayugaNovember 15, 2011
    Best steak dinner deal in Oakland!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamSeptember 30, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Newbies at the piano sing first. The mic order goes clockwise.
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    The steak is the best in Oakland!
  • Zennie A.
    Zennie AbrahamAugust 28, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    I've been a regular here since 1997. That means I sing here! But the steaks at The Alley are the BEST in Oakland. Seriously. Having a YouTube / Twitter / Tout Meetup on November 2nd.
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa ParkerJuly 21, 2011
    The cheeseburger was moist and tasty. Piano bar and singing are lots of fun.
  • Courtney F.
    Courtney FloresJune 14, 2011
    A great place to do some low key Karoke on a Sunday night. Read more
  • Emily
    EmilyMay 18, 2011
    great dive bar w/ piano! Read more
  • Weston S.
    Weston SchaffertFebruary 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It's not on the menu but ask for the Tony John. You'll get a bacon cheeseburger and fries for less than it would cost separately. It may have grilled onions too, I can't remember if it comes that way.
  • Alyssa S.
    Alyssa S.January 30, 2011
    Check out all the old business cards on the walls. They tell this place's story perfectly.
  • Tawnya L.
    Tawnya LongJuly 21, 2010
    Cheap steak!
  • Paula W.
    Paula Wirth / Eat Drink OaklandMarch 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a beer and the special steak dinner with salad and baked potato
  • Kevin S.
    Kevin SealMarch 13, 2010
    Stuff a few bucks in Rod Dibble's tip jar and sing "Stardust."
  • Wayne
    WayneFebruary 21, 2010
    Don't challenge the locals at the piano bar. You'll lose
  • SFGate
    SFGateJanuary 29, 2010
    Down a shot of courage and sidle up to the piano bar to sing with the regulars. They've got a handy book of lyrics if you're at a loss for words. Read more
  • Tollef
    TollefOctober 11, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    don't miss the steak dinner! and though a few more dollars the pan fried chicken is excellent.
  • Arlette T.
    Arlette ThibodeauJuly 23, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Go to The Alley with a team of pop culture whores and kill it at one of the Monday night trivia competitions.
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