A TRUE BEACON for the thirsty, the 2am club, affectionately known as “The Deuce” and now
owned and run by Dave Marshall and Amanda
Solloway, has been holding court on the corner of
Miller and Montford in Mill Valley for decades.
In its first iteration the one-room saloon was
called “The Brown Jug” but underwent a bit of a
hibernation during Prohibition, reopening in the
early 1930s. By early 1940 it had became the 2am
Club, the name a reference to the late closing hour
the bar enjoyed because it was located just outside city limits — the curfew across the street was
midnight. Throughout the decades it has been a
popular spot for watching sports and congregating with like-minded locals for a drink. The bar
is also well known as a see-and-be-seen meeting
spot for Tamalpais High alumni the Wednesday
before Thanksgiving. Don’t miss the guitar fashioned from a toilet seat hanging behind the bar,
created by local legend Charlie Deal — his unique
instruments were not only conversation pieces,
they could also hold a tune.
WHAT THEY SAY
Ryan Jameson, manager
Is the 2am Club a dive bar? This bar has been
labeled a dive bar for many decades and we don’t
mind still sticking with it.
Your definition of a dive bar? It’s a local bar
that has been around for quite a while, has a lot
of the same clientele, serves cheaper beer and
cocktails than most other places and is a little
rough around the edges. All the bartenders know
your name, your wife and kids’ names and probably even your pet’s name. A place where young
and old and rich and poor can come together for
drinks and entertainment.
Describe the 2am Club. A dive bar with a lot of
history. A local bar with affordable prices, where
the neighborhood can come down and have a
drink, watch some sports, catch up with friends,
listen to music, shoot some pool and overall, have
a great time.
Games? Yes, we have two pool tables, a flat-screen Golden Tee video
game and a sit-down Ms. Pac-Man video game table.
Celebrity photos? We have a couple pictures of Huey Lewis and also
his album covers, which they shot in the corner of our bar for their
TV is always on? Yes. we have seven flat screens and carry the baseball
package and NFL Sunday Ticket, where we get every game, every Sunday.
PBR available? Yes, on tap.
Muddled cocktails? Definitely not, unless one of the bartenders is feeling
high-spirited (pun intended).
Fake fireplace? Yes, even with fake fire ambience.
Food is served in bags? Yes, served fresh out of its sealed packaging.
2am Club T-shirts? Yes, but currently on back order.
DIVE BAR CHECKLIST
380 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley