James Flood Building
Powell St Cable Car Turnaround
Stand awhile at Powell and Market Sts and spot arriving cable-car operators leaping out, gripping the trolleys' chassis and slooowly...
San Francisco School of Bartending
Cocktail making and shaking.
It could be the martinis, low lighting or Maltese Falcon statuette upstairs, but something about Dashiell Hammett's favorite bar lends...
Great-looking vintage bar and grill, with subway-tile floors and carved woodwork, live music nightly and passable Irish-pub grub.
James Flood Building information
This 1904 stone building survived the 1906 earthquake and retains its original character, notwithstanding the Gap downstairs. Upstairs, long labyrinthine marble hallways are lined with frosted-glass doors, just like a noir movie set. No coincidence: in 1921 the SF office of infamous Pinkerton Detective Agency hired a young investigator named Dashiell Hammett, author of the 1930 noir classic The Maltese Falcon.