The Devil’s Acre: Litquake’s Opening Night Celebrates 19th Century San Francisco

Co-Presented by Anchor Brewing Company, California Historical Society, Chronicle Books, San Francisco Travel

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“It’s a mad city, inhabited by insane people whose women are of remarkable beauty”—Rudyard Kipling

Litquake’s opening night fundraiser celebrates the infamous and unhinged 1800s San Francisco, marking both the 150th anniversary of both the San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner, and the official book launch for Drinking the Devil’s Acre, Duggan McDonnell’s illustrated history of cocktails from the wild and wicked saloons of the Barbary Coast. With the Sea Bee Shanty Crew, a rarely seen archival slideshow, and a special appearance by Emperor Norton himself. Costumes are encouraged!

Schmooze up the Bay Area literary scene, buy books, and grab a festival guide to plan your Litquake week. Featuring complimentary Pisco Punch and other historic cocktails, beers from Anchor Steam, and tasty nibbles from Boccalone, Peter’s Kettle Corn, Ghirardelli chocolates, Semifreddi’s baked goods, Broadside wine and more. Doors open at 8 pm for the general public.

Costume suggestions: Gold Rush prospector, silver baron, stage coach robber, Levis jeans employee, high society matron, Barbary Coast pickpocket, Wild West prostitute, drunken journalist, small town thrillseeker, beer wagon driver, Devil’s Acre burlesque dancer, suspicious politician, lovable rogue, feisty cop, mysterious land speculator, Chinatown shopkeeper, grizzled bartender, Mark Twain frog wrangler, banjo player, wrestling bear, cable car operator, ragtag street urchin, chimney sweep, California oyster monger, untrustworthy ship captain, assorted dreamers and schemers of all backgrounds, persuasions, and preferences. Prizes for the best costumes!

“When you get tired of walking around in San Francisco, you can always lean against it.”—Unknown