Johnny Heinold opened the joint in 1883, and it still stands in Jack London Square, between the upscale Haven Restaurant and the pan-Latin destination eatery Bocanova. During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the pilings supporting the saloon shifted and the floor has famously tilted ever since. The direct connection to author Jack London is laid out on the Heinold's website:
"It is for good reason that this is known as Jack London's Rendezvous. As a schoolboy, Jack London studied at these same tables we still use today. Later, he would return to his favorite table and write notes for The Sea Wolf and Call of the Wild. At age 17, he confided to John Heinold his ambition to go to the University of California and become a writer. Johnny lent London the money for tuition and, although he never got beyond his first year, it was while studying at this saloon and listening to the stories of shipmates and stevedores that he developed his thirst for adventure."