San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
This saloon has had numerous owners over the years, surviving the 1906 earthquake with the help of San Francisco firemen and/or Navy crews. It then survived Prohibition by being renamed from “The Poodle Dog Saloon” to the prohibition name “The Poodle Dog Cafe”.
With the repeal in 1933, this establishment was once again a beer garden, changing names a few more times until it became just simply and rightly so “The Saloon” in 1984.
Erected 2014 by E Clampus Vitus, Yerba Buena Chapter No. 1.
Marker series. This marker is included in the E Clampus Vitus marker series.
Location. 37° 47.915′ N, 122° 24.427′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Grant Avenue and Fresno Street, on the right when traveling north on Grant Avenue. Touch for map. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stinking Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Francis of Assisi Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Condor (within shouting distance of this marker); Lupo’s Restaurant (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); San Francisco Brewing Company (about 700 feet away); American Zoetrope (approx. 0.2 miles away); Little Chile (approx. 0.2 miles away); Alleyways in Chinatown (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . The Saloon, S.F.'s Oldest Bar and Live Blues Venue, Turns 150 This Weekend - SF Weekly. Sex sells, but in the case of S.F.'s oldest bar, sex also saves -- buildings, that is.
The way owner Myron Mu tells it, the Saloon -- a North Beach watering hole established in 1861 -- was a bar on the first floor of the building, but its single rooms on the second and third floors operated as a small whorehouse that counted the city's firemen among its frequent customers.
And as the building stood burning in the fiery aftermath of the 1906 earthquake, those firemen kept their priorities straight and "made a point of coming and saving their whorehouse" from the flames, Mu says. (Submitted on March 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 21, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.