A while ago Monica gave you some inside information about the best spots to pick up tourists if you’re feeling a little, um, sensuous. One of these places is Gold Dust Lounge located on Powell Street, smack in the middle of one of the most tourist-y spots in the city. But this weekend while showing family around, I re-experienced the joys of Gold Dust’s cheap, amazing happy hour.
I love this place, and not only because of the Sistine Chapel-esque painting on the ceiling (a little stretch, but stay with me). True, there are many tourists that frequent this bar (which could be good if you, like Monica, are trolling for some lovin’), but there are also regulars I’ve seen here many a time, making it a little more legit.
But wait — let me tell you about this happy hour of theirs. It lasts til 8:30pm and for $3.50, you can get your pretty little self an Irish coffee, glass of champagne or margarita. And just like any good tourist-yet-dive-bar, these drinks aren’t for the faint of heart. I personally lean toward the margaritas, but that’s only because whiskey turns me into a stumbling, vomiting mess. Tequila is safer. God, I just realized how ridiculous that sounds.
Anyway, whether you’re picking up tourists, chatting up the grandpa knocking back the Irish coffees, showing your family around the city or killing some time between shopping sprees, Gold Dust Lounge is there for you with their cheap, strong drinks — at least until 8:30.Gold Dust Lounge 247 Powell St. (btwn Geary & O’Farrell) [Union Square]
Photo courtesy of Yelper Kevin Y.