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Roadside Taverns Northern California

 

The Lanai Bar (Demolished)
San Mateo, CA
Photo and info courtesy Michael Campbell

The Lanai Bar featured an eye-catching palm sign when it was in business back in the day. The Lanai, a glorious Tiki bar in the 1950s style, was demolished in 1989 to make way for a Walgreens. The Lanai was located along El Camino Real in San Mateo. 02-09

 

 

St. Marys Pub
San Francisco, CA
Photo and info courtesy Michael Campbell

San Francisco, CA is home to yet another fine roadside pub sign. The St. Marys Pub features what appears to be an old neon sign that's protected by a plastic shield. Check out the requisite martini glass on top of the sign. 07-09

 

 

The Peaks
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

The Peaks is a local pub found along Castro St. in San Francisco. Sporting a little bear looking character on its sign, The Peaks is a well known hangout for locals. 07-09

 

 

The Eight Ball
Cotati, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Here's a nice rooftop neon sign for The Eight Ball. The Eight Ball is a roadside bar found off the highway in Cotati, CA and its 8 ball sign can be seen from quite a distance away. Cotati is a town located just south of Santa Rosa in Northern California. 07-09

 

 

Liar's Bench
Placerville, CA
Photo and info courtesy Michael Campbells

Check out this martini glass sign at the Liar's Bench in Placerville, CA. I wonder where the origins of the name Liar's Bench came from. 07-09

 

 

Old Ironsides
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Check out the neon lettering on this marquee for Old Ironsides in Sacramento, CA. Old Ironsides recently turned 70 years old. For more information, check out the website for Old Ironsides. 07-09

 

 

Pete's (Closed, now Wilson Way Tire Co.)
Stockton, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Here's Pete's in Stockton, CA. Or rather, the Wilson Way Tire Co. From the looks of things, the tire company took over the former site of a bar or tavern and stuck a wheel in the martini glass on the sign. 10-09

 

 

 

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