Drinking in A Factory Town at the Sea Star Club

After a few here, you too will be a starfish.

Though our much derided neighbour to the south proudly exclaims it from a mountainside for all to see, a schlep through the oxidizing shadows of the Dogpatch reminds us that San Francisco proper was once an industrial city itself.

People go back and forth over the trajectory of the neighbourhood’s gentrification, but if you’re hankering for a taste of its blue collar past, and fading present, than you need not venture farther than the Sea Star Club.

True Dogpatch locals remain ever faithful to this dimly lit oasis of cheap booze. Maybe not the most hopping place, but perfect if you ever feel the need to hide out.  Sort of place you imagine secret meetings happen at, like when someone’s going to blow the whistle on some evil empire. P.G. & E. is right around the corner, after all.

Sea Star Club
2289 3rd Street (@ 20th Street)
[Dogpatch]

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inabilty to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999. By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for people like the SF Bay Guardian. He also likes to enoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.

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