The Avenue
(510) 654 - 1423
4822 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California 94609
From East Bay Express: 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. Owners and Oakland natives Curtis Howard and Davey Herrick, who bought the place from the previous owners, also tend bar here; they're more than happy to welcome you to the ’hood with a $8.75 pitcher of PBR or a delightfully stiff cocktail. Hours: Daily noon-2 a.m.; football Sundays 10 a.m.-2 a.m.