Free speech and free spirits have flourished at City Lights since 1957, when founder and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and manager...
Jack Kerouac Alley
'The air was soft, the stars so fine, the promise of every cobbled alley so great…" This ode by the On the Road and Dharma Bums ...
The Devil's Acre
Magic potions and quack cures are proudly served by this apothecary-style Barbary Coast saloon. Tartly quaffable Lauchlan's...
E' Tutto Qua
The Colosseum is 6000 miles from the corner of Columbus and Broadway, but you'll eat like a gladiator at E' Tutto Qua (translation: It's...
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Beat Museum information
The closest you can get to the complete Beat experience without breaking a law. The 1000+ artifacts in this museum's literary ephemera collection include the sublime (the banned edition of Ginsberg's Howl ) and the ridiculous (those Kerouac bobble-head dolls are definite head-shakers). Downstairs, watch Beat-era films in ramshackle theater seats redolent with the odors of literary giants, pets and pot. Upstairs, pay respects at shrines to individual Beat writers. Guided two-hour walking tours cover the museum, Beat history and literary alleys.
You enter the museum through a turnstile in the adjoining museum store, where you can buy poetry chapbooks and obscure Beat titles you won't find elsewhere. Entry to the store is free, and so are readings held here (check website). You'll notice there's a dusty old car parked downstairs: that's a 1949 Hudson roadster, and it's covered with dust accumulated over 4000 miles of driving coast-to-coast for the filming of 2012's On the Road movie.