It officially opened in 1933, right after Prohibition, but was likely a gay speakeasy before that.
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The entrance was right around where the produce section is now.
"There is a cult of food [here], almost like a religion, with its own priesthood celebrity chefs, rising stars its own cathedrals, places where one has to make reservations months in advance, and its own holy scripture, the...
A Bay Area native has been collecting these things for 30 years.
The 'Chron' profiles the bar and talks more about its history.