Specs' Twelve Adler Museum Cafe, San Francisco
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 421 4112
Concierge.com's insider take:
Tucked in an alleyway off Columbus Avenue, near the storied City Lights bookstore, this North Beach saloon is at once a dive bar and a museum of oddities. Random-seeming objects dangle from the ceiling, gather dust in display cases, and hang everywhere on the walls. The wacky collection includes a New Guinea bone calendar, a petrified marine mammal's penis, scrimshaw art, and a stuffed mongoose. Genial bartenders cater to a mellow crowd of bohemian regulars who plunk out tunes on the old piano, scribble in their journals, and debate the latest conspiracy theories.—Updated by John Vlahides
Open daily 5 pm to 2 am.