In the early 1900s, San Francisco was considered the most European locale in America. It boasted more restaurants than any city outside Paris, it had one of the world’s largest luxury hotels, and on its main drag horse-drawn carriages gave way to streetcars. The Barbary Coast was in full swing. There were opium cellars and concert-saloons, places where opera singers rubbed elbows with vaudeville stars. The Gibson Girl was in, and the corset was on its way out. Men wore bowler hats and drank Pisco Punch, a brandy cocktail invented by our own Duncan Nicol at a downtown bar called the Bank Exchange.... More >>>