A Great Place to Drink
by Nany Robbin
A Great Place to Drink takes us into a wine-infused hotel-bar at the outer edges of early 1960s North Beach, San Francisco. It’s the home we didn’t expect to find and the authenticity we didn’t know we were seeking. In real life the San Giovanni was the San Gottardo, a small Swiss-Italian hotel and bar, 217 Columbus Avenue, home to poets, transients, and day dreamers.