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Weird Art in Bars: Loló on 22nd Street

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

Weird Art in Bars: 111 Minna's "Born Again (Again)" Show by Rob Reger

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

Weird Art in Bars: Lucky 13

I'd argue Lucky 13 is the best bar on this stretch of Market Street (sorry, Blackbird), simply for its spot-on, old-school jukebox, delightfully unfancy drinks (and awesome beer selection), street cred and chilled-out, rough and tumble vibe. On an especially lucky night, you can catch musicians who've just played Cafe Du Nord during an after-show drinking binge.

Weird Art in Bars: Argus Lounge

Argus Lounge, near where Mission meets Valencia, has a serious love affair with portraits of the Last Supper. We've photographed the corner in this dark bar for you to get the full scope of their obsession. I bet if you walked in the bar wanting to donate a depiction of the Last Supper, they'd hang it on their walls...but don't quote us on that.

One thing you can quote us on is that they make great Bloody Mary's on weekends. For $6, you can sip on a pint glass full vodka, spicy Bloody Mary goodness and a ton of their own homemade pickled vegetables. Not to mention their ever-changing seasonal cocktail menu that won't set you back more than $8 a pop.

Weird Art in Bars: Vesuvio Cafe

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

Anyone who calls themselves a San Franciscan knows Vesuvio Cafe is as much a part of the city's lore as Coit Tower or Sam's Grill are. This historic watering hole, founded in 1948, has quenched the thirsts of Beat Generation's greatest minds, from Neal Cassady to Lawrence Ferlinghetti to Jack Kerouac and even Dylan Thomas, no doubt fueling their brillance with strong drinks. The proprietors are not shy about celebrating the bar's Beat roots; its walls are covered with memorabilia from its famed patrons.

Weird Art in Bars: Latin American Club

Famous for their mostly-tequila margaritas (otherwise known as blackouts-in-a-glass), the Mission's Latin American Club has been a well-worn dive for a couple of decades. There is so much stuff in this bar that it looks like it's owned by a recovering hoarder–but that just adds to its dusty charm. Peep the faded piñatas dangling from the ceilings, wall of cuckoo clocks, portraits of wild animals and moth-eaten taxidermy before you dive into your drink.

Weird Art in Bars: Wild Side West in Bernal Heights

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

What a perfect bar to showcase on an immensely beautiful day such as this; Wild Side West, a Cortland Avenue institution with one of the best outdoor patios in the city is like a secret garden of wonders, full of decrepit sculptures draped in Christmas lights, plants and little nooks perfect for stolen kisses or conversation. Grab a beer from the inside bar, get rowdy at the pool table and then make your way down the creaky wooden stairs in the back to bask in the sunshine.

Weird Art in Bars: White Horse Tavern

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

White Horse Tavern & Restaurant in Hotel Beresford is modeled after a traditional Old English Pub and audaciously named after the very spot that poet Dylan Thomas frequented in New York City (it was the last place he drank before dropping dead at age 39).

Weird Art in Bars: Specs Twelve Adler Museum Cafe

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

The interior of this North Beach institution is true to its name: it's a dusty museum of relics and sentimental objects collected throughout the alley bar's decades as a hangout for salty old men and young, thirsty drinkers reveling in its former status as a major headquarters for beatniks.

Weird Art in Bars: Kozy Kar

We're resurrecting an old series: Weird Art in Bars, in which we explore the wacky adornments on the walls of the city's favorite and under-the-radar watering holes.

Kozy Kar (website slightly NSFW) is an unabashedly, endearingly trashy bar on Polk Street that mixes 70s car culture with copious pages torn from vintage Playboy magazines that seem to cover every surface of its interior–they're even shellacked to the dancefloor.

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