Dive Bars of OaklandHalloween Came Early to a Bar Near You. It’s October and the Halloween craze has begun. Actually, if you’ve been to a craft store or grocery store in the last few weeks, it seems like Halloween started sometime over the summer with aisles of decoration and bags of candy.
I’ve never been a big fan of the holiday. Creative, homemade costumes are right up my alley but I’ve never been a big fan of horror, or spooky things. I guess you could say I’m more of a “treat” than “trick” person.
However, I’m a sucker for themed bars, no matter the theme. 1970’s disco? Find me on the dance floor. Tiki bar? Suddenly I enjoy rum. Speakeasy? I will hunt all day if I must for the password to get in. In fact, I think that more bars should be themed.
When I first found The Avenue in Oakland’s trendy Temescal neighborhood, I suddenly found myself able to swallow the creepy fascination with Halloween. Skeletons greet you from the awning over the front door. Chains hang low from the ceiling. Spiderwebs, skulls, and colored lights fill every corner of this cozy, narrow bar.
Formerly known as Connolly's, this neighborhood bar straddles the line between dive bar and community melting pot. The clientele here reflects the surrounding neighborhood's diversity, from the tony streets of Temescal to the working-class neighborhood of Longfellow on the other side of Telegraph Ave. This bar oozes the grotesque and macabre. If you’re like me, struggling to get into the spirit, or if you’re a Halloweenphile, you’ll find your pleasures in this spooky little haunt.
However, don’t go in expecting fancy drinks. The drinks are cheap and lots of beer choices, so gather your crew for a couple of drinks while you admire the ambiance. Cheers, from your paint party crew in Alameda!
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