"Neon tubes are inextricably tied to the urban fabric of San Francisco," says photographer Pete Kane, who shot his favorites from around the city for Classics Week. "After all, the first thing that greets you upon arriving over the Bay Bridge are those huge red letters reading 'Port of San Francisco.'" Once a sea of neon signage, SF is slowly losing its iconic signs, but a few businesses have persevered. Here are 20 of the best and most beautiful still glowing nightly.
Take a Neon Tour of San Francisco Signage
20 beautiful restaurant and bar signs from across the city.
- 500 Club, 500 Guerrero St.
- Avedano's, 235 Cortland Ave.
- Bimbo's 365 Club, 1025 Columbus Ave.
- Condor Club, 560 Broadway
- Gaspare's, 5546 Geary Blvd.
- John's Grill, 63 Ellis St.
- La Victoria Bakery, 2937 24th St.
- Mel's Drive-In, 3355 Geary Blvd.
- Pissed Off Pete's, 4528 Mission St.
- Pop's, 2800 24th St.
- Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, 2827 24th St.
- St. Francis Fountain, 2801 24th St.
- The Starlight Room, 450 Powell St.
- Taqueria San Francisco, 2794 24th St.
- Tad's Broiled Steaks, 120 Powell St.
- Tia Margarita, 300 19th Ave.
- Tony's Cable Car, 2500 Geary Blvd.
- Vesuvio, 255 Columbus Ave.
- Woerner's Liquors, 901 Geary St.