Iconic dive bar re-opens in Oakland

Oakland, California – The much-beloved local haunt, Smitty’s Cocktails, situated in the vibrant Grand Lake neighborhood, has reopened its doors, providing residents and visitors alike with a classic dive bar experience. Customers can expect an array of refreshments, including a wide selection of canned beers and spirits, along with novel offerings like canned Chardonnay and small bottles of sparkling wine. Entertainment options such as shuffleboard, a pool table, and a pinball machine, alongside TVs for sporting events, ensure an enjoyable evening and recapture the original, iconic atmosphere that Smitty’s originally created.

News of the re-opening first occurred last year after rumors began to circulate of its return which has now become a reality. Together with other popular establishments like The Alley and Barbary Coast, the reopening of Smitty’s Cocktails hints at revitalizing the nightlife and foot traffic in the Grand Lake area, creating a lively and inviting place for those seeking a fun night out.


Smitty’s Cocktails is a historic dive bar located in Oakland, California, at 3339 Grand Avenue. It’s been open since the 1940s, making it one of Oakland’s oldest dives. The bar is known for its laid-back atmosphere, shuffleboard, pool table, and cash-only payment policy. After a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, local residents wondered whether it would ever be coming back again. If you’re looking for a taste of Oakland’s history and a classic dive bar experience, Smitty’s Cocktails is definitely worth a visit.