Nightlife Oakland s local bars are all about promoting this great city in the East Bay. Visitors who want a little slice of life as an Oakland native should be sure to spend some time hanging out in local bars. Have a few drinks and pretty soon the social lubricant will kick in, giving you a chance to chat it up with some interesting locals. Heinold s First & Last is a great starting point for a local bar crawl it s oozing with local flavor and is located right on the Bay. Continue the journey on to Smitty s Cocktails, known for its cheap drinks, or Dorsey s Locker, possibly the best place to munch on some down home pub grub. For those who love beer and the local bar scene, Barclay s has about thirty on tap to choose from plenty to become good and socially lubricated.