kleefBay seniors are free to make their own nominations but I give the Best Bar award to Cafe Van Kleef  on Telegraph in Oakland one block down from the Fox. I venture to say you have never seen anything like it. A dark narrow cave, every inch of which is festooned with a pandemonium of paintings, animal heads, nostalgic kitsch –  like an explosion at a  flea market. It started as a café and made its reputation with its Greyhound, using fresh ruby red grapefruit. Occasional live music. A very basic bar menu.

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