Specs’ is an institution and one of the country’s great dive bars. Located since 1968 in a tiny North Beach alley, owner Richard "Specs" Simmons would place a brass plaque reading “silly drink” in front of customers who ordered anything he considered absurd, like a flavored martini.
The bar’s crusty, maritime charm (note the walrus genitalia behind the bar) and gruff bartenders have blessedly remained the same for decades. Poets and fisherman still mingle with tourists and locals over a beer or a Negroni.
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