Memories of a night out partying with locals in San Francisco & Oakland. Here's a little extract of an email I sent a friend when I was in San Francisco last year for a conference (& partying with locals)...
So far, so good! Pretty chilled til tonight, been up north in the country relaxing at a friend's parents cabin in the woods near Mendocino & to the Boonville Beer Festival - so many different beers, a lot of fun. Just back from a night out in San Francisco & Oakland, pretty awesome & random at the same time. It's Monday night here and we went to Bourbon & Branch, a 'speakeasy' bar - an old prohibition bar where you needed a password ('fooey') to get in. Drank top quality cocktails in a 20s style bar & had a great time partying with with locals. Met-up with my good friend Anneka, her boyfriend and another friend/old colleague of mine from Melbourne, then to a Brazillian place dinner then back to random bars in Oakland - Van Kleef & another couple of bars I don't recall the name of. Both packed for a Monday night (with locals) and both had a lot of random stuff/junk on the walls, behind the bar & everywhere - sounds weird, but was pretty cool. More (local specialty) cocktails, shots and on to Scotch & Coke.
It was pretty easy to meet locals in these bars in Oakland & we met a few very random ones too. The first was this gangster sort of dude. Really friendly guy, was buying us drinks & ended up hanging out with us most of the night, he also showed us the big knife he carries with him in case anyone messes with him! Another was a kiwi guy in a wheelchair who did interpretive dance/acrobatics/ballet... in his wheelchair! to critical acclaim in San Francisco apparently. And I got stuck talking to this dude who told me he was a gay mahwhore in new york for 20 years & then had a relationship with a male presidential candidate, who flew him all over the world with him, until that guy died (with a cracked skull and this manwhore guy was a suspect!)
So a very random night partying with locals in San Francisco & Oakland...good times! haha
By Dan Fennessy