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1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

A San Francisco taproom in 1904. View full size.

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I agree with jbart. Those goboons really need some extra attention.

Slot machine and ?

I believe the large machine at the right of the bar is a Puritan Bell slot machine. I can't figure out the purpose of the small machine between the slot machine and the cigar case. Has anyone identified that device?

[Allow me. It's a "Yankee" cigar cutter. - Dave]

The place you guys are thinking of.....

is called the San Francisco Brewing Co. This however is not that place. One, the bar is on the wrong side of the room relative to the doorway. And two, there is a trough under the brass rail at SFBC. Story is, that when the place got full with patrons back in the day, no one would want to lose their place at the bar. So, if you had to go, you just unbuttoned the fly and let er fly. I think it's a bit of a tale, and was more likely a place to hawk loogies of tobacco. Or both.

Looks so familiar

Perhaps you are thinking of Tosca across the street from City Lights? Think darker, smokier, and lower ceiling. It's still there but this ain't it.


My guess as to location is that it was in the old produce district, which is now where the embarcadero center and Hyatt Regency are. As far as its survival, the chances are very slim. The bar itself may have been saved and might be residing in a different place, but, as Brent pointed out in his post, almost everything east of Van Ness burned after the 1906 earthquake.


Those spittoons are pretty darn disgusting. Wonder how often they get clean? Very interesting photograph.

Pepsi Cola hits the spot

When you look at this picture in full size you discover that the pictures on that little bump-out from the bar are actually advertising posters for Pepsi Cola. At that point the company would have been about two years old. As for the tap room, it would be interesting to know the location but I'd be willing to bet that this particular building wouldn't have been standing three years later.

Looks so familiar

That room and bar look so familiar. I'd swear that place was still standing, still pouring beer in 1986. It was a bar in North Beach about a block from the City Lights bookstore. Best Anchor Steam I ever had.

Anyone know if this place is still standing?

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