Oakland and the East Bay sit squarely in the San Francisco's shadow. Oakland has a decent sized commercial district. There's new apartment construction. It looks like it's starting to pick up some crumbs from San Francisco. Oakland has a waterfront entertainment complex with restaurants and bars and Jack London's Alaska home (or the type of wood hut with a grass thatched roof that London lived in). The real attraction here is the BLANK bar that's been here since the BLANKs. Whether or not Jack London lived in the house, I think there's a much higher chance he grabbed a drink at BLANK before hopping on a boat.
Whether or not Jack London lived in the house, I think there's a much higher chance he grabbed a drink at Heinhold's First and Last Chance Saloon before hopping on a boat.