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Specs' 12 Adler Museum Cafe

North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Address: 250 Columbus at Broadway, North Beach, San Francisco, CA
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+1 415-421-4112
4:30 pm - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 4:30 pm - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 2:00 am

Small and out of the way, this popular bar attracts an eclectic clientele.

Small and out of the way, this popular bar attracts an eclectic clientele.

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Authentic North Beach Adventure

Can't get any more interesting and cool than this favorite North Beach bar and museum. Dark, friendly, beloved by the community and those lucky enough to visit. A great beer, a... read more

Reviewed February 5, 2017
Monterey, California
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Monterey, California
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed February 5, 2017

Can't get any more interesting and cool than this favorite North Beach bar and museum. Dark, friendly, beloved by the community and those lucky enough to visit. A great beer, a nice wine, good service. Weird and wonderful!

Thank arttrip01
Los Angeles, California
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20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviewed October 17, 2016

It is a classic. Go get a drink and a hunk of that cheese wheel. In a changing world and rapidly "Evolving" SF, this place is a classic. Never change you SPECS!

Thank GretaNova
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34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2016

This bar is tucked away down a little alcove across Columbus Street from the City Lights. Great little joint, full of memorabilia and the bohemian denizens of North Beach. Good cocktails,cold beer, weathered and friendly bartenders.

Thank Katmaidog
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84 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2016

Specs is a bar you probably will never find. It's hidden a bit. And it's a treasure. Great bartenders who are fascinated with the history of this merchant martimer hangout of past. The walls and displays show the history of the seafarers dreams. I brought my son (over age) to this treasure to experience the history of the city. We... More 

Thank doug001
Rheinberg, Germany
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80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed June 5, 2015

Just off to the Columbus in an alley, a large bar, a few tables, a bit dark, just right. The hardworking and friendly Lucy brings the beer from the tap. It's cozy, some locals are joining me. A few beers, wild talks and a Chinese love story at the end. I have to say good bye, I had a great... More 

1 Thank Porterricks
Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

In utero my beating heart was so so driving, urging, really. That maddening creciendo has always pounded on, even after the birth cavity; through bicycle-skinned knees, first kisses and last hugs; through, I think, a confused and utterly mesmerizing emotional trip. Clud ump clud ump clud urumpm, with slight irregularity as if to suggest something more is coming. Yes, I... More 

Thank RedSparr0w
San Francisco, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This is such a quirky and fun bar. Its a great place to grab a beer, hangout, and laugh with friends. The decor is fun! One of my favorite bars in san fran!

Thank Tracey S
Las Vegas, Nevada
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116 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2013

I love this bar! Get the cheese and crackers, sit there for hours and enjoy! the decor is pure beat generation, like a collection of a crazy world travelling merchant marine...it's the best.

Thank Inkylouise
Midland, Michigan
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45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed December 27, 2012

I stumbled into this place by accident. It is kind of out of the way but I am sure glad that I found it. Kind of dark, lots of locals but very unique. I really enjoyed it.

Thank Tawas70
Toronto, Canada
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62 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Great mix of hipsters and alcoholics, lots to look at and the perfect amount of terrible service that I love in a good neighbourhood bar. Don't change a thing.

1 Thank eric_yld

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North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian ristorante come together to create the charming neighborhood of North Beach, once the stomping grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always suitable for younger visitors, few neighborhoods in the city exude as much European charm and style. Peruse a bookstore for the literature of Kerouac, Ferlinghetti and Ginsberg, grab some gelato and head to Washington Square for a perfect afternoon of people watching. Just east of North Beach, the hills and staircases of Telegraph Hill are a unique delight. At its peak, the art deco Coit Tower provides sweeping panoramic views of the bay and city. The beautifully landscaped Filbert Street Steps, a street too steep for a roadway, rewards those willing to hike uphill. Keep your ears open and you might even hear the squawk of the wild parrots who call this neighborhood home.
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