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San Francisco bartenders offer helpful, amusing remedies for nagging hangovers. A map of bar locations and whimsical illustrations of cocktail slurping dogs add to this book's intoxication and allure.
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Some San Francisco Bar History in a Shot Glass
San Francisco's rich, bawdy history is synonymous with those hard-drinking pioneers who founded this "Emerald City by the Bay" in spite of the catastrophic earthquake and the steely grip of Prohibition.
The bars' ambiance runs the gamut from the crystal chandeliers and soft piano music floating from the rarified air of Nob Hill to weathered, lively bars at the local watering holes in the neighborhoods.
Daniel Bacon, in his book Walking San Francisco on the Barbary Coast Trail, delves into San Francisco's raucous past with a tale of a character named "Shanghai Kelly." If ever there was a moral tale for sobriety, he is the poster boy. It seems in the mid 1950s three ships were stranded off San Francisco Bay because of a lack of crew. Desperate captains rowed ashore to enlist Kelly's help in supplying sailors for the long voyage. The next day, Kelly issued an open invitation throughout the Barbary Coast for all his friends to join him on a bay cruise to celebrate his "birthday." One hundred sailors boarded a paddle-wheeler with dreams of free food and booze but instead they were knocked out by opium-laced whiskey and woke up far out to sea with salt spray hitting the deck.
Another, albeit not so bawdy, concerns George D. Smith, hotelier and owner of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, who transformed the 19th floor penthouse into a glass-walled cocktail lounge. Word of this spectacular bar in the sky with 360-degree views of the City spread throughout the country and the globe.
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Book Description Booklocker.com, Inc., 2007. Condition: Very Good. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP88803888