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Best Place to Drink Like It's 1915 

The Saloon

During the Panama-Pacific Expo, visitors might have stopped in for a sip at the Saloon, a North Beach watering hole that still stands today. Allegedly saved from the 1906 earthquake because firefighters were fans of the brothel attached to it, it's got the same carved wooden bar that was in use in the 1860s. Even though the space is small, it's served as a blues venue on and off for half a century. In a city that's been shedding its dive bars, it's nice to visit the Saloon and realize it looks (and probably smells) the same as it has for over a century. 

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