Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

Dive Bar and Bar · North Beach
12 William Saroyan Pl (Columbus Avenue), San Francisco, CA 94133, United States
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  • Today
    • 5:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Thu
    • 6:00 PM–1:00 AM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Mon
    • 5:00 PM–Midnight
  • Tue
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
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  • What you need to know
    Aaron H.
    "The Greatest little Dive bar and curio in North Beach."(4 Tips)
    Dan E.
    "Note the Mongoose and Cobra over the piano... among other oddities."(4 Tips)
    Liz C.
    "Order the cheese and crackers with your drinks."(3 Tips)
    Katherine M.
    "Possibly the best dive bar in San Francisco."(2 Tips)
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  • north beach
  • bar in san francisco
  • piano
  • cheap drinks
  • board games
  • great value
  • casual
  • museums
  • beer
  • cheese
  • taxidermy
  • staff
  • dive bars
  • eclectic
  • perch
  • lemon drops
  • vanilla
  • cash only
  • chocolate
  • Niamh B.

    An institution. This dive bar is one of the best

    Niamh Breslin · 5 days ago
  • Jorge V.

    Try the beer quiz. Earn $500 in drinks! Read more

    Jorge Vera · 6 days ago
  • Bommy C.

    Eclectic interior that's not too loud or too quiet. Good spot to sit and chat.

    Bommy Cha · 3 weeks ago
  • Halil K.

    Nice atmosphere with friendly people. Cheap drinks too!

  • Aaron H.

    The Greatest little Dive bar and curio in North Beach.

    Aaron Hill · May 27
  • Edward K.

    Easy for passerby's to miss this place. But it's truly a microculture-defining bar of north beach!

    Edward K · May 25
  • Solario

    The best no-frills cheese plate experience in the world.

    Solario · January 22
  • Jim W.

    Dive bar awesomeness happening here.

    Jim Wyatt · November 23, 2014
  • Guillaume F.

    Such a weird place, on a good way. People and decoration there are worth the stop.

    Guillaume Flandre · November 4, 2014
  • Dom

    Cheap drinks, great towny bar. Read all the stuff on the walls, some interesting artifacts there.

    Dom · November 2, 2014
  • squeasel

    Great taxidermy and eclectic nonsense. Great dive bar.

    squeasel · October 8, 2014
  • Lindsay E.

    There is some pretty amazing taxidermy in this place as well as board games and newspapers in the back.

    Lindsay Eyink · August 14, 2014
  • Paul V.

    Old school drinking

    Paul Vousden · August 10, 2014
  • Katherine M.

    Possibly the best dive bar in San Francisco. Great for reading. Tons of historical paraphernalia on the walls.

    Katherine M. · July 16, 2014
  • Lingy M.

    Must try the Vanilla Lemon Drop !

    Lingy Mai · January 15, 2014
  • Erin

    They open at 5 PM.

    Erin · January 3, 2014
  • MuseumNerd

    When Vesuvio's is too loud and crowded, come over here in the alley across the street. Its rad.

    MuseumNerd · January 3, 2014
  • Michael D.

    OH: are you sure you want to get red wine at a place like... This?

    Michael Dougherty · November 27, 2013
  • Contemporary Jewish Museum

    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.

    Contemporary Jewish Museum · August 12, 2013
  • Ozgun G.

    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.

    Ozgun G · August 1, 2013
  • Kazumichi S.

    Will see restroom which will remind you of the movie Saw.

    Kazumichi Sakata · July 24, 2013
  • heat

    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.

    heat · July 19, 2013
  • Michelle C.

    Order a fernet and ginger ale

    Michelle C. · July 15, 2013
  • Corrie D.

    Cash only but totally worth it.

    Corrie Davidson · June 5, 2013
  • Beegan

    Uhh I'll second the "interesting crowd" comment!

    Beegan · May 4, 2013
  • Mark A.

    Weirdos! Yeah buddy

    Mark Amendolara · April 21, 2013
  • Carmen M.

    One of the original beatnik bars You may see someone who is sitting in their same seat from the 50's

    Carmen Myers · April 10, 2013
  • Sara W.

    Try the cheese plate!!

    Sara Weed · April 7, 2013
  • Donna T.

    Very SF. Cash only but there's an ATM next door.

    Donna Tam · March 25, 2013
  • Julie G.

    The best bar in North Beach....Bar none.

    Julie Gengo · March 24, 2013
  • Jorge J.

    The difference between New York and San Francisco is this bar.

    Jorge Just · January 4, 2013
  • Dana F.

    Cheese and crackers. Duh.

    Dana Fraser · October 7, 2012
  • Party Earth

    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.

    Party Earth · August 15, 2012
  • max d.

    My experiences here mainly involve heavy-drinking (or sober) seasonal Alaskan fishermen

    max d · August 10, 2012
  • SFGate M.

    A piano man plays regularly, and there's often complimentary cheese and crackers lying around.

    SFGate Manager · July 16, 2012
  • Jedimikkion L.

    Ask what a "ooisk" is..... Heh! :) and have the tender show it to you... It's on the wall behind the bar.

    Jedimikkion L. · July 11, 2012
  • Alix B.

    Lots of local character. Get a drink and observe.

    Alix Bloodworth · July 8, 2012
  • Broke-Ass S.

    Without a doubt one I my favorite bars in the world.

    Broke-Ass Stuart · February 22, 2012
  • Donald W.

    In a very small alley. Very easy to miss but has art on the walls and a very interesting crowd (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more

    Donald Wilson · February 2, 2012
  • Dan E.

    Note the Mongoose and Cobra over the piano... among other oddities.

    Dan Eyman · September 18, 2011
  • Diana C.

    You need to do this at least once in your life.

    Diana Cantu · July 7, 2011
  • Marcia D.

    used to be the White Maoists hangout

    Marcia D'Orazi · June 7, 2011
  • AskMen

    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.

    AskMen · April 29, 2011
  • wheat knee

    Anchor steam and a block of cheese, good to go! Lucy the bartender is great too!

    wheat knee · April 22, 2011
  • Amy

    Meet Chocolate the parrot, and let him perch on your shoulder.

    Amy · March 17, 2011
  • The Bold Italic

    One of Herb Caen's old haunts. Order the "martinus (singular)" as Caen would say. Read more

    The Bold Italic · March 10, 2011
  • Rudolph Z.

    this place is the best bar in san francisco

    Rudolph Zeffirelli · July 5, 2010
  • Liz C.

    Start your own search for the American Dream.

    Liz Conley · June 2, 2010
  • Liz C.

    Order the cheese and crackers with your drinks.

    Liz Conley · June 2, 2010
  • Torrey N.

    Buy one of Ali Mongo's artworks.

    Torrey Nommesen · March 2, 2010

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