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Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

Dive Bar, Bar, and Café$$$$
North Beach, San Francisco
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  • Nichanan K.
    "Get the cheese and crackers basket for $6."(4 Tips)
    Dan E.
    "Note the Mongoose and Cobra over the piano... among other oddities."(4 Tips)
    Katherine M.
    "Possibly the best dive bar in San Francisco."(2 Tips)
    squeasel
    "Great taxidermy and eclectic nonsense."(2 Tips)
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  • Party Earth
    Party EarthAugust 15, 2012
    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.
  • heat
    heatJuly 19, 2013
    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.
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 29, 2011
    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.
  • Ozgun G.
    Ozgun GAugust 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Nichanan K.
    Nichanan KesonpatSeptember 6, 2016
    Get the cheese and crackers basket for $6. The cheese is absolutely huge and they do cracker refills for free.
  • Lindsay E.
    Lindsay EyinkAugust 14, 2014
    There is some pretty amazing taxidermy in this place as well as board games and newspapers in the back.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.July 16, 2014
    Possibly the best dive bar in San Francisco. Great for reading. Tons of historical paraphernalia on the walls.
  • Donald
    DonaldFebruary 2, 2012
    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
  • 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.
  • Halil K.
    Halil KaşkavalcıJuly 31, 2015
    Nice atmosphere with friendly people. Cheap drinks too!
  • Jedimikkion L.
    Jedimikkion L.July 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask what a "ooisk" is..... Heh! :) and have the tender show it to you... It's on the wall behind the bar.
  • Dom
    DomNovember 2, 2014
    Cheap drinks, great towny bar. Read all the stuff on the walls, some interesting artifacts there.
  • SFGate M.
    SFGate ManagerJuly 16, 2012
    A piano man plays regularly, and there's often complimentary cheese and crackers lying around.
  • Carmen M.
    Carmen MyersApril 10, 2013
    One of the original beatnik bars You may see someone who is sitting in their same seat from the 50's
  • Bommy C.
    Bommy ChaNovember 1, 2015
    Eclectic interior that's not too loud or too quiet. Good spot to sit and chat.
  • Edward K.
    Edward KMay 25, 2015
    Easy for passerby's to miss this place. But it's truly a microculture-defining bar of north beach!
  • squeasel
    squeaselOctober 8, 2014
    Great taxidermy and eclectic nonsense. Great dive bar.
  • Shinal
    ShinalDecember 6, 2016
    You'll get the full "dive bar" experience. Insanely crowded so prepare to wait for drinks.
  • Solario
    SolarioJanuary 22, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    The best no-frills cheese plate experience in the world.
  • max d.
    max dAugust 10, 2012
    My experiences here mainly involve heavy-drinking (or sober) seasonal Alaskan fishermen
  • Guillaume F.
    Guillaume FlandreNovember 4, 2014
    Such a weird place, on a good way. People and decoration there are worth the stop.
  • Alyssa W.
    Alyssa WFebruary 2, 2016
    one of the most authentic, diehard hideaways left in San Francisco. it feels like home.
  • Niamh B.
    Niamh BreslinNovember 20, 2015
    An institution. This dive bar is one of the best
  • MuseumNerd
    MuseumNerdJanuary 3, 2014
    When Vesuvio's is too loud and crowded, come over here in the alley across the street. Its rad.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonJanuary 9, 2016
    Not crowded. A good place to read. Cash only, but there's an ATM.
  • Corrie D.
    Corrie DavidsonJune 5, 2013
    Cash only but totally worth it.
  • Donna T.
    Donna TamMarch 25, 2013
    Very SF. Cash only but there's an ATM next door.
  • wheat knee
    wheat kneeApril 22, 2011
    Anchor steam and a block of cheese, good to go! Lucy the bartender is great too!
  • The Bold Italic
    The Bold ItalicMarch 10, 2011
    One of Herb Caen's old haunts. Order the "martinus (singular)" as Caen would say. Read more
  • Julie G.
    Julie GengoMarch 24, 2013
    The best bar in North Beach....Bar none.
  • Broke-Ass S.
    Broke-Ass StuartFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Without a doubt one I my favorite bars in the world.
  • Alix B.
    Alix BloodworthJuly 8, 2012
    Lots of local character. Get a drink and observe.
  • Aaron H.
    Aaron HillMay 27, 2015
    The Greatest little Dive bar and curio in North Beach.
  • Jorge J.
    Jorge JustJanuary 4, 2013
    The difference between New York and San Francisco is this bar.
  • Lingy M.
    Lingy MaiJanuary 15, 2014
    Must try the Vanilla Lemon Drop !
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle C.July 15, 2013
    Order a fernet and ginger ale
  • Diana C.
    Diana CantuJuly 7, 2011
    You need to do this at least once in your life.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DoughertyNovember 27, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    OH: are you sure you want to get red wine at a place like... This?
  • Dan E.
    Dan EymanSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Note the Mongoose and Cobra over the piano... among other oddities.
  • Jim W.
    Jim WyattNovember 23, 2014
    Dive bar awesomeness happening here.
  • Beegan
    BeeganMay 4, 2013
    Uhh I'll second the "interesting crowd" comment!
  • Amy
    AmyMarch 17, 2011
    Meet Chocolate the parrot, and let him perch on your shoulder.
  • Sara W.
    Sara WeedApril 7, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the cheese plate!!
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserOctober 7, 2012
    Cheese and crackers. Duh.
  • Jussi H.
    Jussi HäyhäJanuary 7, 2016
    Drink with locals.
  • Erin
    ErinJanuary 3, 2014
    They open at 5 PM.
  • Paul V.
    Paul VousdenAugust 10, 2014
    Old school drinking
  • Liz C.
    Liz ConleyJune 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Order the cheese and crackers with your drinks.
  • Kate A.
    Beers on tap
  • Mark A.
    Mark AmendolaraApril 21, 2013
    Weirdos! Yeah buddy
  • Marcia D.
    Marcia D'OraziJune 7, 2011
    used to be the White Maoists hangout
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenMarch 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Buy one of Joe Russo's albums (the piano guy).
  • Rudolph Z.
    Rudolph ZeffirelliJuly 5, 2010
    this place is the best bar in san francisco
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenMarch 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Buy one of Ali Mongo's artworks.
  • Liz C.
    Liz ConleyJune 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Start your own search for the American Dream.
  • Torrey N.
    Torrey NommesenMarch 22, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Find something on the wall that you've never noticed before.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HuntSeptember 25, 2009
    Guinness and hilarious old postcards.
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan StackMarch 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    listen to joe ruso play piano on Fridays
  • Antoine N.
    Antoine NegreSeptember 13, 2014
    Bières pas chères et décors improbables
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