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Gold Cane: Always Cheap, Always a Good Time

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I have a lot of friends who live in Upper Haight, and it just so happens that every time I am up there, I find myself ending up at the Gold Cane. This dark and divey cocktail lounge is infamous for its cheap drinks all day and all night. No Happy Hour needed here, bottled beers run around $3, most pints are $4 and you can even get top-shelf booze, like Ketel One and soda, for $5. Depending on the bartender, you might even get a bro-deal and pay less. Once I ordered four beers and a shot for under $20!

Anyways, the Gold Cane hosts a variety of sleazy people to chat with at the bar. There is a pool table and TVs with sports games on all the time. Last week I was cheering for Mexico in the soccer game vs. the US. I think I almost got in a fight with someone who told me I was “un-patriotic!” So what if I am…

I tend to meet the most interesting people outside in the back patio. Call it a smoking lounge if you will, it is awesome to chill out back there in the afternoon sunlight or a mild San Francisco night.

When I think about it, I don’t think I’ve ever really had a bad time at the Gold Cane. I’m sure you’ll agree…

Gold Cane 1569 Haight St (Clayton Street) [Upper Haight] a

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Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi Smith - The Ultimate Scavenger

Heidi works for a non-profit cultural exchange organization helping others experience life from a different perspective. She likes magnetizing the obscure and scavenging the city for fun, free things to do. She is a world traveler, a freelance writer and a spontaneous chef. She is also said to be part-mermaid.


  1. Liveworkdream
    June 29, 2011 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    How beautiful to see that some things in SF never change.

    Met my true love there in 1995 after the Notorious Spoonie Gee hooked us up at the front window table. It was love at first sight and now the Gold Cane holds a very, very special place in our hearts.

  2. billy
    June 30, 2011 at 10:40 pm — Reply

    umm i beg to disagree. i went to the gold cane this one time, and the only free booze they had was tequila. yucky!

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