Sunday, May 11, 2008

North Beach

April 12

Went to North Beach today with my man. It's also called "Little Italy". North Beach is a neighborhood in the northeast of San Francisco adjacent to Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf. First, we stopped by for a drink at San Francisco Brewing Company.

This building is the last of the Barbary Coast Saloons, prior to the great earthquake and fire of 1906. This was the site of the infamous Billy Goat Saloon, operated by pigeon- toes Sal.

After reconstruction, the original Andromeda Saloon opened here in 1907. World boxing champion Jack Dempsey worked the door in 1913 before his historic July 4, 1919 fight in which he took the title from Jess Willard with a TKO.

The massive "Punkah" ceiling fan is vintage 1916. The magnificent flame mohagony bar, tile spittoon and other features were restored in 1975. The facility became the Albatross Saloon in 1977.

In 1985, Allan Paul established the San Francisco Brewing Company. Master Coppersmith Fred Zaft handcrafted the nation's fourth operating brew pub since the end of prohibition.


"This world-renowned San Francisco saloon located in North Beach just across from the infamous City Lights Bookstore, was first established in 1948 and remains an historical monument to jazz, poetry, art and the good life of the Beat Generation. Vesuvio attracts a diverse clientele: artists, chess players, cab drivers, seamen and business people, European visitors, off-duty exotic dancers and bon vivants from all walks of life." -

The Transamerica Pyramid is visible in the background on Columbus Street.

"City Lights bookstore on Columbus Avenue, a world famous bookstore frequented by the "beat generation." Lawrence Ferlinghetti's shop opened in 1953 and still has one of the best collections of poetry, fine art tomes and political rags in the city.

An alleyway off of Columbus between Kearny and Broadway is named for Beat Generation writer Jack Kerouac, who once lived there and frequented the famous City Lights Bookstore on the corner of Columbus and Broadway." -

Bank of America garden along Kearny. Taking a rest.


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