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The classic SF dive

You won't find this place unless you look down the alley. The girl in the corner had missed the bus... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2018
Carl R
via mobile
Probably the best bar in SF

A friend had told me to go to Specs while I was in SF for work. It's opposite the excellent Vesuvio... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2014
Bath, United Kingdom
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Aug 11, 2018
“The classic SF dive”
May 22, 2015
“Quirky out of the way bar”
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12 Saroyan Place, San Francisco, CA 94133
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
+1 415-421-4112
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Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

You won't find this place unless you look down the alley. The girl in the corner had missed the bus to go see her boyfriend in folsom prison. The bartender was pouring doubles. The guy on the next stool launched into some story about his...More

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Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

Tucked in just off Columbus. Easy to miss but we were intrigued by the sign which said they all sit at the bar telling lies. Inside was dark but the bar staff were really friendly. They had lots of jokey sayings around the walls. My...More

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Reviewed 30 November 2014

A friend had told me to go to Specs while I was in SF for work. It's opposite the excellent Vesuvio Bar but while Vesuvio is small and quirky and still clings to its beat generation history, Specs seems friendlier and a more traditional US...More

1  Thank mambjo
Reviewed 8 July 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel June 25-30, 2013, because it hosted a conference I attended. On June 28 along with friends we ate at Cafe Zoetrope. While there I asked a person at the next table to...More

1  Thank Road802753
Reviewed 22 February 2012

Love this place, great drinks, great bartenders, great location, stop, you wont regret it, fun place@

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds
for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North
Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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