Spec’s

02 Apr 2020

How to Buy Your Favorite Bar a Drink, During the Crisis

The kind of joints who have owners that work behind the bar themselves, the kind of businesses that have actual character built over years of serving a certain neighborhood. 

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27 Jul 2016

Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe Gets New 10 Year Lease!

Anyone who knows me know how much I love Specs’. It’s hands down my favorite bar in the world. It’s weird and quirky and full of artists, writers, a drunks – both young and old. I wrote this pretty wonderful story about it right here. I just saw some good news

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20 Nov 2020

100 Best Cheap Eats in the Bay Area

This list of great places to eat in the Bay Area will leave you smiling and probably drooling. All these joints are incredibly well priced, locally owned, delicious, and serving takeout in 2020. Check their links for store hours, menus, and ordering info, because things are always changing these days,

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15 Jan 2016

Vesuvio: Attracting Weird Motherfuckers Since 1948

North Beach has a certain magic to it. The neon lights and the strip show barkers blend with the San Francisco night and the smell of garlic, creating something old school and current, ancient and timely.

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25 Jun 2015

7 Great First Date Bars in San Francisco

First dates can be weird and awkward. That’s generally why you get booze involved. It smoothes out both you and your date’s awkward edges…most of the time. Whether you just met a hottie on tinder or you *gasp* actually met someone in real life, these seven bars are the perfect place to go for your first outing.

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17 Jun 2015

Crabs, Communists, and Cops: The Story of Specs’

The bar in question is officially called Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe, but everyone just calls it Specs’. I don’t recall exactly when I first discovered the joint but I’ve been a regular ever since. To the uninitiated, visiting Specs’ is like walking into a Tom Waits song.

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16 Dec 2010

Broke-Ass of the Week – Author Michelle Tea

Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit…probably not.

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07 Aug 2009

15 Romolo – The Best New-ish Bar in North Beach

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the nightlife in North Beach.  On weeknights it’s a great place to go out, hang with some friends and have a tipple with 75 year old poets.  It’s also got the Holy Trinity of bars: Spec’s, Tosca, and Vesuvio. But weekend nights in North

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29 Jul 2009

We Got Voted “Best Local Website” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian

Fuck yeah!  Thanks so much to all of you fine people who voted for Broke-Ass Stuart’s Goddamn Website for “Best Local Website”!  You’re fantastic! Congrats to all the people who write for the site: Monica, Ashley, Anna, Stephen, and Oliver for all their hard work.  And to Kenny, the mad

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