People tend to check in during these times:
An institution. This dive bar is one of the best
Eclectic interior that's not too loud or too quiet. Good spot to sit and chat.
Nice atmosphere with friendly people. Cheap drinks too!
The Greatest little Dive bar and curio in North Beach.
Easy for passerby's to miss this place. But it's truly a microculture-defining bar of north beach!
The best no-frills cheese plate experience in the world.
Dive bar awesomeness happening here.
Such a weird place, on a good way. People and decoration there are worth the stop.
Cheap drinks, great towny bar. Read all the stuff on the walls, some interesting artifacts there.
Great taxidermy and eclectic nonsense. Great dive bar.
There is some pretty amazing taxidermy in this place as well as board games and newspapers in the back.
Old school drinking
Possibly the best dive bar in San Francisco. Great for reading. Tons of historical paraphernalia on the walls.
Must try the Vanilla Lemon Drop !
They open at 5 PM.
When Vesuvio's is too loud and crowded, come over here in the alley across the street. Its rad.
OH: are you sure you want to get red wine at a place like... This?
SF Chronicle columnist Herb Caen coined the term “Beatnik” in print, but it it is said that this is where he overhead the words “Beat” and “Sputnik” used in close succession.
One of the a few places in north beach with an eclectic crowd of locals and maybe some tourist. Definitely a great little dive with a big soul.
Will see restroom which will remind you of the movie Saw.
Right next to Tosca, this is truly opposite to that experience. A very low-frills, cash-only bar with an equally low-key atmosphere for getting away from the daily grind. Divey. Beaty. Grimy. Lovey.
Order a fernet and ginger ale
Cash only but totally worth it.
Uhh I'll second the "interesting crowd" comment!
Weirdos! Yeah buddy
One of the original beatnik bars You may see someone who is sitting in their same seat from the 50's
Try the cheese plate!!
Very SF. Cash only but there's an ATM next door.
The best bar in North Beach....Bar none.
The difference between New York and San Francisco is this bar.
Cheese and crackers. Duh.
Specs’ is hidden between two much bigger buildings, so the William Saroyan Place alley is easy to miss. Look east directly across Columbus Ave from the front of City Lights Books and you’ll see it.
My experiences here mainly involve heavy-drinking (or sober) seasonal Alaskan fishermen
A piano man plays regularly, and there's often complimentary cheese and crackers lying around.
Ask what a "ooisk" is..... Heh! :) and have the tender show it to you... It's on the wall behind the bar.
Lots of local character. Get a drink and observe.
Without a doubt one I my favorite bars in the world.
Note the Mongoose and Cobra over the piano... among other oddities.
You need to do this at least once in your life.
used to be the White Maoists hangout
Part impromptu naval museum and party kitsch-fest, venture into the little alley this place is tucked into and stumble out a happier man who just drank up some bona fide San Francisco history.
Anchor steam and a block of cheese, good to go! Lucy the bartender is great too!
Meet Chocolate the parrot, and let him perch on your shoulder.
this place is the best bar in san francisco
Start your own search for the American Dream.
Order the cheese and crackers with your drinks.
Buy one of Ali Mongo's artworks.