The Geary Club isn't a secret hideaway for an exclusive few people-in-the-know, but you might start to believe that on your first expedition to find the place - because this tiny, unmarked dive has no sign to alert you to its location. It's almost literally a hole in the wall. Once inside, however, old winos and young hipsters alike sidle up to grab one of the dozen barstools while cigarette smoke fills the air, a fake tiger stares down from the wall, and the CD jukebox spins hits from days gone by. Lillian, the sassy veteran behind the counter, will pour you a basic shot o' liquor or crack the seal on a cold beer bottle. Don't try to order anything complicated. The Geary Club is a place for people who like their drinks three ways: cheap, strong, and often. If that's you, consider yourself an honorary member already.
I know I have been writing about a lot of dives lately, but I can't help it. They are a dying breed, and I want to cover as many of them as I can. I'm a journalist, dammit, and I take my work incredibly seriously. I'd rather go to jail than to... More »