Every time I go to San Francisco, I love to stop at Buena Vista and have an Irish Coffee. I have been doing this since before I was even 21. (Oh no). I only ate there once with my family when my sons were very young. I highly recommend the Irish Coffee, but not so much the food. (Although it may have improved in the last thirty years) The fries were good.
I recently went there with a group of fun women, where we laughed and loved our Irish Coffees. Can’t wait to go there again. It is always perfect, no matter what time of day! I loved the ambiance of the restaurant, even though the view was cut off by a tent outside because of Covet 19.
I painted this a couple of months ago and just kept looking at it, thinking it was just “too light” in color for a bar. I’m hoping to paint a few more bars in the future, as they just seem way too interesting to me.
When I was young we went to the city to go shopping for fabric and clothes each August. We dressed up and wore hats and gloves. So now you know I’m of a an older generation, as who does that now. When I went to the city right before Christmas, the only gloves worn were to keep your hands warm. There was not a lot of “dressing up”. Downtown it was hard to tell the shoppers from the transients. It’s just so very different. The restaurants are still fabulous, but all the little boutiques are gone, replaced by Gucci and Prada and etc.
I have been going to San Francisco for over forty years, and every time I have been, I have gone to Buena Vista Cafe and had an Irish Coffee. I painted it a while ago, but may go back and work on it. Maybe add some more darks.
San Francisco used to be the perfect place to get away from the mundane life, but now I think it has become the mundane city. It’s so sad that there are so many transients living downtown, and the city is just not as pristine as I remember it was when I was young.
You still can’t beat restaurant life and I still love Cable Cars and all the wonderful restaurants!