When every local business seems to be trying to out-advertise their competitors right now, a San Francisco nightclub is doing something different. Slide hasn’t gone solely down the route of social or print media. Instead, they went out to create a night to remember and invested in a 24-foot long $100,000 slide where kids are definitely not allowed to play.
The concept behind Slide isn’t new. Back in 1879 it opened under the name Cafe Dan’s becoming an underground speakeasy known locally as a “ham & egger” during prohibition.
Hidden beyond The Cable Car Theater on the top floor, access to Ham & Egger was through a secret panel where a playground slide delivered you to the pleasures of illegal drinking/gambling below.
Cafe Dan’s reputation for outstanding jazz entertainment, and no doubt the slide, kept people coming back for more.
Demise and Rise
When prohibition ended in 1933, Cafe Dan’s faded sadly into obscurity. The building sat empty for decades until new owners took it over in 2006.
Taking inspiration from the club’s notorious past, the new owners restored Slide to its 1920’s splendor, installing a spanking new $100k replica slide.
Today, Slide isn’t you’re average Italian or French restaurant where the waiters greet you upon opening the door. You still have to enter by an unmarked door and slide down 24-feet to the basement where the music’s pumping.
For an unmarked restaurant, access to Slide isn’t as easy as you would expect. Most nights you have to cue to get in. But the wait is worth it. It’s 1920’s decor and unique atmosphere doesn’t just make you feel like you’re out having a good time; it makes you feel like you’re part of the history of one of San Francisco’s infamous nightspots.
Get Gooi With it!
Ready to dive in headfirst in one of America’s gooiest clubs? Put on your flapper dress, grab some giggle water, and join us for a jive at Slide.