About Me

My name is Dennis Cruz and the Attitude Adjustment Hour has been a pet project of mine for years.

I was born and raised in San Francisco, a city which, at one time, had the densest bar-to-population of any city in the U.S.  Over the years, I learned to appreciate the pleasures of that neighborhood pub and the camaraderie and good times offered inside.

As a longtime Radio producer and on-air loudmouth, this blog lets me spew my personal thoughts on bars, saloons, honky-tonks and pubs (not to mention pizza parlors, BBQ shacks and burger joints) that I have visited, in the Bay Area and beyond.

The City is rapidly changing, evolving from the Blue Collar town that it once was into a place that my grandfather wouldn’t recognize. But change has been one of the staples in the life of the City by the Bay. I hope that my posts will spark memories of those who were fortunate enough to grow up here.

I’ll share some of the things that made me love San Francisco, and hopefully inspire you to search out some of the history behind the bars and saloons and restaurants that made it great.

The posts are my humble opinions, and I’ll no doubt I’ll miss some of your favorites.  I welcome and encourage your feedback and suggestions.  Please don’t hesitate to post comments.  And, for a daily dose, you can visit and “like” my Facebook page by clicking HERE!





  1. Victor Lisle · January 30, 2017

    Greetings! Love your blog on great bars that no longer exist in San Francisco. Breen is one in particular that caught my fancy. My mother inherited many SF artifacts years ago. 2 of them just so happen to the the original doors that were inside of Breens. These doors have intact and beautiful stained glass with Breen’s name and such. They have not been refinished and are good shape. The wood could use some work, but the stained glass is perfect.

    My mother has had numerous offers, but really has not idea what they are worth. Would you have any clue as to where she could have them appraised? Possibly know of anyone who would want to purchase them? They are historic items of a simpler time and could be amazing additions to any home or bar.

    I’m happy to send you pictures.




  2. Carolyn meyers · January 2, 2022

    I had a friend in the early 60s that repaired organs so he knew the man that played at The Lost Weekend. We were invited one Halloween evening to a party at his house. Very macabre. Paintings on the walls of people with blood oozing from their mouths, skulls on the piano, etc. but the best was when I opened the curtains on the kitchen door to (see the dog scratching on the door?) only to look straight into the face of a full male lion! That got my immediate attention, I think a newspaper article was once written about him….definitely a true SF character in the best tradition.


  3. dc1517 · January 2, 2022

    Carolyn, I believe that organist was Anton LaVey, founder of the Church of Satan. He used to have a house, painted entirely black, on either California Street or Clement St in the Outer Richmond. Here’s an excerpt of his Wikipedia page:

    “ Anton Lavey became a local celebrity in San Francisco through his paranormal research and live performances as an organist, including playing the Wurlitzer at the Lost Weekend cocktail lounge. He was also a publicly noticeable figure; he drove a coroner’s van around town, and he walked his pet black leopard, named Zoltan.[11] He attracted many San Francisco notables to his parties. Guests included Carin de Plessin, Michael Harner, Chester A. Arthur III, Forrest J Ackerman, Fritz Leiber, Cecil E. Nixon, and Kenneth Anger. LaVey formed a group called the Order of the Trapezoid, which later evolved into the governing body of the Church of Satan.”


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