At one of the most notorious speakeasies in San Francisco, Coffee Dan's, patrons would access the basement bar by riding down a 15-foot slide. Featured in the 1927 Al Jolson movie, The Jazz Singer, Coffee Dan's was also a gambling den and cabaret, which played host to the likes of clarinettist Artie Shaw. Coffee Dan's location at 430 Mason Street is now home to Slide, a swank speakeasy created by the owners of the over-the-top Ruby Skye nightclub. As Slide's name suggests, guests can access the bar via a long slide, which launches them into an elegant interior with plush booths, bottle service (for a hefty premium, starting at $250/bottle), a striking, backlit honey onyx bar, acres of mahogany panelling and a DJ booth housed in a grand piano. Despite Slide's unbeatable provenance, the contemporary crowd is heavily South Bay meets LA in orientation; it's hard to imagine how their truly outlaw forebears would regard them. At the very least, though, it's worth sliding in to sample some of the many martinis or champagne cocktails.
430 Mason St
|Cross street:||between Geary and Post Sts|