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The Tonga Room

Descending into the Tonga Room, housed in the lower level of the stately Fairmont Hotel atop Nob Hill, feels simultaneously like entering another world and time period. From the dangerously…

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The Saloon

There are dive bars, and then there are dive bars with a century and a half of history behind them. The Saloon is one such place, having been in continuous…

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The Savoy Tivoli

Established in 1907, The Savoy has long prided itself being a cross-section of society: “A favorite of Hippies and Beats, Punks and Preps, Ladies and Gents.” The sprawling, Grant Street…

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Tony Nik’s

It’s all about the midcentury glam at Tony Nik’s, a well-appointed North Beach lounge that would make the Rat Pack feel right at home. The bar opened in 1933, immediately…

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Zam Zam

Legendary San Francisco columnist Herb Caen once described Zam Zam as, “a place that time forgot, its curving bar filled with worshipers sitting in silent contemplation of the silver bullet…

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Barney’s Beanery

In the 1920s, it was nothing but a little burger joint in a poinsettia field. Today, with several locations throughout Los Angeles County, it’s an institution. Still, when it comes to…

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Before opening the doors to Tiki-Ti in 1961, Ray Buhen learned his tiki trade secrets by working under Don the Beachcomber. Now his son and grandsons carry on the tradition…