Cruising & Boozing

Trip Start Jan 03, 2013
Trip End Jan 20, 2013

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What I did
Lori's Diner
Bourbon & Branch (speakeasy)

Flag of United States  , California
Saturday, January 5, 2013

Well after a near perfect day on our first day here, the weather today was pretty average - cool in the morning - but still fine - so after a late breakfast at IHOP - decided to do a bay cruise, it was good went past the sea lions and got a better view than we would've from the pier, then out past the Golden Gate Bridge - back around Alcatraz and towards the Bay Bridge before coming back to the Pier.

Then off to the wax museum, we had a choice between Ripleys and the wax museum, we had bought a wharf pass which gave us access to quite a few activities at a discount price, we chose the wax museum as we had been to ripleys years ago on the gold coast, should've gone there again though, while the wax museum was interesting, wouldn't pay to go there again.

Then day 2 on our hop on hop off pass for the big red bus, decided to do the downtown loop, got halfway around before it started to rain - only lightly - but enough to be annoying - they handed out ponchos to everyone which was hilarious everyone trying to get them on in the wind. Stayed up top for a while longer then my hands got so cold I couldn't feel my fingers - so went downstairs for the remainder of the trip - not as good viewing down there but it was warm.

Later we ended up going to Bourbon & Branch - a speakeasy - glad it was raining as some of the reviews said it was an easy walk - I dont think so - 20 blocks roughly and a couple of them so steep I wouldn't have even driven up them!!! It was an experience - you are greeted at the door and asked for a password which they send you on your confirmation email, then you are ushered in to a really dark little booth and bar lit only by candles. We were handed a menu which neither of us could read as it was so dark - and by the way they don't sell food only acloholic concoctions, so we let the waitress recommend a couple for us. We had booked for 1 1/2 hours and it took us nearly that long to drink ours - they were so strong. There was also an inner bar - The Wilson & Wilson Detective Agency, you enter behind the bookcase - secret door, and they serve drinks in teapots, think if we're ever back in San Francisco we will book there next time.
 Leaving there afterwards though I was wishing I had asked the cab to come back for us as it was a very seedy neighbourhood after dark, could not hail a cab for the life of us. Went across the road to a little market hoping he might call a cab for us, but he was busy with a few looked like homeless people shoplifting and not being very smart about it either! but he did point us in the right direction - about a block away where the Hilton was and we got there and got a cab right away - GET US OUT OF THIS AREA RIGHT NOW! felt like saying that anyway.

Got back to the hotel and it was still early - so on Bree's suggestion went to Lorii's Diner - which we discovered one just a short walk away. Great food and a great atmosphere - real old diner feel to it - apart from the obvious decorations which wouldn't have been there in the old diners! But good food cheap!
Then after all that we ended up having a fairly early night - it was cold and rainy so back to a hot shower and a good book - or Tele in Davids case.

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Rae Woodman on

glad to hear you had an interesting day , especially escaping not being mugged or worse (seedy indeed)

sioux1961 on

was very seedy - wouldn't like to be around that area of night by myself - ps you would love it here - all the seafood everywhee you look is another seafood restaurant

rot on

The Bourbon & Branch sounds so cool. I cannot wait to hear all about it!! Sounds like you are having a great time.

sioux1961 on

bourbon and branch very cool, but very seedy area after dark

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