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Punk, country, rockabilly, and heavy metal classics blare from the jukebox of this Castro-adjacent dive that increasingly stands out amidst the shiny new bars and restaurants in its neighborhood. Hopefully the Lucky 13 - with its loooong bar, dark tables, and kitsch-filled recesses - won't succumb to the fancifying trends anytime soon ... although even upscale newcomers can appreciate the Lucky 13's impressively large microbrew selection and popular happy hour.
When Hey, Cookie! owner Christa Hill walked into the room dressed in a costume that resembled a cross between vintage Cinderella and Dorothy and smelling of all kinds of cookie dough, she most certain... More »
Wing Wings Chicken Wing Eating Contest When: Tuesday, Oct. 9th, 6 p.m. Where? Lucky 13, 2140 Market Street at Church Wing Wings is known for its fresh, California free-range chicken, homemade sauces,... More »
Other than one obvious drawback for 9-to-5ers (that'd be Monday morning), Sunday is a fine night to drink. The weekend warriors have gone home, people who have ventured out may seem a bit more down-to-earth, and normally bustling crossroads such... More »
Ouch!OK, this is the last you'll hear from me for a while on the hot new JohnFrank. Went in for a Pearl martini the other night and ended up with a spanking. Nine dollars for a martini? Ouch! The only other place I've paid such ridiculous prices... More »
Jukeboxes, like everything music-related, are in flux. Some of us prefer the old-fashioned kind, with 45 rpm vinyl records visible through the curved plate glass, but most working boxes these days are digitized, sanitized, and smeared with tech-macho graphics that might have been cool for a minute at the tail end of the Faith No More "punk funk" 1990s. At Lucky 13, the jukebox is no beauty queen, boasting a nondescript CD-changer aesthetic. But, you're already screaming, "It's the music inside that counts, not the box itself!" Okay. Here's the deal: This jukebox has personalized CD mixes (what we used to call mixtapes), and something about the way the home-printered disc labels look so tattered and broken-in makes them almost as good as old 45s. They've got soul. Bartender Toby Dick, co-mixer and jukebox custodian, crafts punk-loving rowdy funtime mixes that include the kind of juxtapositions you wish you'd thought of: English Beat next to Manic Hispanic. Merle Haggard alongside the Cramps' "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns." Rancid, N.W.A., and Hank Williams III. Buck Owens right after the Scorpions. It may not be your kind of music, but the mixtape idea may save us all.
Jukeboxes, like everything music-related, are in flux. Some of us prefer the old-fashioned kind, with 45 rpm vinyl records visible through the curved plate glass, but most working boxes these days are digitized, sanitized, and smeared with tech-macho graphics that might have been cool for a minute at the tail end of the Faith No More "punk funk" 1990s. At Lucky 13, the jukebox is no beauty queen, boasting a nondescript CD-changer aesthetic. But, you're already screaming, "It's the music... More »
The Castro District boasts some of the best smokers' patios in the city, and Lucky 13's tops even the rest of the neighborhood. Lucky 13 is an unpretentious and slightly generic bar with a bit of a dark edge and a startling number of imported beers on tap. But the best reason to duck under its giant black-cat sign is the patio. When it's time for a smoke break, patrons can slip out the back door into a courtyard complete with picnic tables and an assortment of old metal signs. The high walls... More »
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