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Best Bar For Slumming It 

Geary Club

The true Tenderloin dive bar is an endangered species, a fact driven home by the sudden demise last year of the 21 Club at Turk and Taylor. What spirit that lived there migrated a few blocks up and has settled into one of the stools in this subterranean windowless tunnel of a watering hole. Signless and nearly anonymous on the street, and entered via a portal akin to a cellar door, the Geary Club has no beers on tap, no frills, plenty of ancient tile and curious polymers, and bartenders who may ask you to commandeer the jukebox, offer you a shot, and instruct you to get the fuck out in one breath. That, kids, is how it used to be done. Go check it out before it's gone forever — just remember to bring cash, stow your smartphone, and have sharp wits.

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