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Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

Map & Directions 12 William Saroyan Place
San Francisco, CA 94133-4400


SF Weekly's Description

Less trafficked by tourists than Vesuvio's across the street - but just as cluttered - Specs' bar does indeed feel like a museum, with years of collected trinkets and tchotchkes covering every surface. If the mood strikes, sometimes bohemian old-timers will quietly prop themselves at the piano and plunk out a few instrumental tunes to add subliminal music to the constant hum of conversation.

Member Reviews

  • on 09/22/10

    Another great spot to hit up at Happy Hour or later in the evening. Full of interesting (read quirky) folks, tourists on occasion but mostly regulars from the hood. It's a good dive bar, so if you've done high falutin' at Tosca go around the corner to get your dive on.

  • on 05/27/08

    I went here with my husband on our first date. We got married soon thereafter, so it is clearly a special place.

  • on 05/18/08

    Many a Monday and Tuesday night spent here when I wasn't bartending elsewhere in town. Invariably a group of Celtic musicians would come in and play and have a few pints. The bar staff is tolerant, but only just, of outsiders. Most are old merchant marines and if they like you well enough, they might share a story. Don't count on it though.

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  • AskMen on 04/29/11

    Part impromptu naval museum and party kitsch-fest, venture into the little alley this place is tucked into and stumble out a happier man who just drank up some bona fide San Francisco history.

  • Torrey N. on 03/21/09

    Find something on the wall that you've never noticed before.

  • Jorge J. on 01/03/13

    The difference between New York and San Francisco is this bar.

  • Broke-Ass S. on 02/21/12

    Without a doubt one I my favorite bars in the world.

  • The Bold Italic on 03/10/11

    One of Herb Caen's old haunts. Order the "martinus (singular)" as Caen would say.

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