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San Francisco Bar, WanChai, 1972

San Francisco Bar, WanChai, 1972

Here's the last of the '70s Wanchai bar photos I have-the "San Francisco" (Topless!) I have one Polaroid photo of me with one of the girls in this place that I just wince at when I look at it (someone would walk around and take your photo with whatever girl you were with-for a price,of course). I look about 12, long hair and all. I will not be posting that pic here.

   Anyway, what was the address of this place? I see a very recent Flickr photo of it on the web, with the same sign,and there's also an LA Times article on the place from 1988, but I can't remember where exactly this place was.Yes, the photo is blurry-that's how I usually saw things down there.

Date picture taken (may be approximate): 
Monday, July 10, 1972


this was a hangout for hk international school reprobates - i think it was no longer topless by the time i went.  all i remember is that it was near southourn playground used for swigging beer bought from the late opening grocer's (bless them) when money started running out.  later in the 80s a gay bar opened up in town with the same name that could be the reference in the article you read?

Thanks for your reply. No, the article I found,from 1988, was clearly referencing this place-the owners wife was lamenting how in 1973, they had 40 girls working there,and only had 10 left at the time of writing.


Edit: I found it! I 'took a walk' farther down Lockhart, courtesy of Streetview, and there was that sign at about 124 Lockhart, next to "Cockeyes". I think I had read this used to be "Popeyes". When I was there, they had a photo out front of a guy who looked exactly like Popeye-I still laugh to think about that photo.

oops - wires crossed - my comments referred to the california bar, not the san francisco - funny how the mind makes inexplicable associations ;)

There was also another San Francisco Bar allied with a Playboy Bar in Canarvon Road in TST according to a matchbox cover retained from my long lost youth.