Reluctant and Unexciting!

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Business/Location: George Kaye's
Address: 4044 Broadway
City: Oakland
State: CA
Zip Code: 94611
Phone: 510-547-9374

Posted by:  Eva Silverman
Photo:  Eva Silverman
   George Kaye's
Let's face it, there aren't too many dive bars these days that haven't been appropriated as pseudo-hipster hangouts (except for that one night where I saw about 20 fixed-gear bikes locked up outside Geo Kayes). This is one of these places. It's a small space, no frills, where you can get a stiff drink for less than a trip to and fro San Francisco on BART. It's a reluctant, unexciting neighborhood hangout with a 7-11 across the street for easy access to late night munchies. Plus, it's got to be one of the last places where you can smoke in a bar, if that's your thing. Walking my dog past the side air-vent and breathing in the stale scent of cigarette smoke is enough for me, though. Perhaps my favorite part of Geo's is the aforementioned neon sign, which rivals the Art's Crab Shack sign directly across the street. You should see that thing when the sun sets, or when only a few letters are still lit, it's practically a neighborhood landmark, signaling where 41st and Broadway intersect. If you're looking for a dive bar that is dog-friendly, where you or your friends can light up, make sure you hit up Geo's.

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