Speakeasies in San Francisco


Speakeasy in San Francisco
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One of the things that used to annoy me about living in San Francisco is the 2am last call. I grew up in Atlanta, where the last call is 4am and there are a few bars that have 24 hour licenses. I adore New Orleans and Las Vegas, because I can get a drink any time of the day. About a year back, there was a movement to make the last call 4am in the City. Well, I don’t care at all anymore because I seem to have gotten plugged into the world of underground venues here in town. I can get a drink any time of day that I want.

The picture is me at LEGION, an underground venue here in San Francisco. The girl next to me was a tipsy patron named Serena. I am not at liberty to tell you exactly where Legion is, but I can tell you that it probably is not that hard to find out. They have a very large crowd for how big the place is. It doesn’t really start hoppin’ until the bars close, and the underground nature of it means that they also serve absinthe. My first experiences with this stuff resulted in awful headaches, but I have since become quite familiar with the Green Fairy because of Legion and another underground venue here. I highly recommend this place if you’re looking to get your drink on after hours — it’s discreet yet accessible.

Want to find a speakeasy? Just ask around. I’m sure you’ll hit paydirt within a single evening if you are out at the clubs — there is usually a crowd heading there. If you have a suggestion for an underground venue for me to review, just drop the name here in comments — I am really good at finding places if I just know the name.

3 Comments so far

  1. Mark (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 9:35 pm

    This reminds me of an article in the NYT the other day about how Dutch youths who show no interest in smoking dope at the many legal “cafes” in their capital take up smoking dope here because “it’s more fun; it’s illegal.”


  2. Darren Mckeeman (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 9:44 pm

    It’s true that illegal things are more thrilling — but I sincerely think that the percentage of people who get their kicks illegally are in the extreme minority. The press tends to sensationalize such things.

    That being said, I think that “last call” is one of the stupidest things I’ve ever heard of. I am one of those people that thinks people should be given enough rope to hang themselves with in the interest of treating everyone as an adult.


  3. anna (unregistered) on August 29th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    I can’t imagine having the energy to stay up past 2am!



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