Can one person drink at every bar in San Francisco?

Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum – North Beach

Any mini historical tour of North Beach is not complete without a visit to Specs. Tired of the drunken hoards and over priced drinks of the main strip? The bartenders at Specs brook no gruff, and the subtle sign for the bar is easy to miss, keeping Specs a delightful hidden getaway.

Have cash at the ready and keep your drink order simple, and the bar keep will take good care of you. In addition to the salty bartenders and old timer regulars, Specs provides entertainment by way of a mind blowing collection of sea travel paraphernalia. Every inch of the bar is covered in sailor’s treasure, and you’re sure to find something new with each visit. What you won’t find is a bar full of ironic haircuts or a Saturday night pickup scene, and that’s A-OK with me. For a long time lover of classic dive bars, Specs is the old man bar mother ship.

Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum

12 William Saroyan Pl
San Francisco, CA 94133

(415) 421-4112

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5 responses

  1. Sean C.

    This place is such a long-cherished institution that I have *still* yet to set foot in. [sigh] Note to Self for a holiday hidden cocktail oasis. Thanks for the reminder!

    November 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

  2. They also have cheese and crackers: fontina cheese, cut from a gigantic wheel of the stuff, and plain ol’ saltine crackers. Doesn’t sound like anything special, but quite tasty with a couple of beers.

    November 18, 2010 at 4:06 pm

  3. Bill

    I was regular at Spec’s back in the late ’70s, before my liver gave out…. alas

    October 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

  4. I love Spec’s, hung out there a lot in late 60’s, 70’s. Himself didn’t tend bar much but Charlie Brown and Kent, et al did great. Sorry I moved away. It’s 5 Star in my book.

    November 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm

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