Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Pete Spanier's parents met in San Francisco. He was born in Upper Haight, but his family moved to SoCal soon after that. Around 21, Pete migrated north to the Bay Area and started to drink here before eventually moving back to the city.
In Part 1, Pete, who bartends these days at Zeitgeist and Emperor Norton's Boozeland, talks about SF now vs. how things were in the 1990s—people are softer now, more passive-aggressive. He talks about opening Hemlock Tavern in the early 2000s and just how great of a place it was until it closed in 2018.
It's fair to say that Pete likes sports. In this podcast, he talks about the Warriors' move to San Francisco later this year. In Pete's mind, Oakland has been great for the team, but with their recent run of championships (three of the last four seasons), he fears that diehard fans are being priced out.
In Part 2, Pete talks about the Warriors, the 49ers, and the Giants, including the Giants' move to Pac Bell Park and the loss of Candlestick as symbolic of our loss of other icons. He ends the podcast with some predictions on how Golden State will finish this season and the challenges ahead for the San Francisco baseball team.
We recorded this episode at Emperor Norton's Boozeland in January 2019.