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Ben Bradley

What is your favorite part of the job?

Coming back to the same venues over and over for “research.” But seriously, the best part of the job is getting to talk to people who really know their stuff, learning about little bits of local history, underground hangouts and activities, and life stories everywhere you go – people in bars love to talk for some reason! And then, of course, there’s the free drinks.

Short Story/Anecdote from your time on the job:

Oh man, so many good stories – sampling literally everything at Chambers, impressing the lady friend when the boys serving wine at Amélie knew me by name, and hanging out on the waterbed at Kozy Kar – but the absolute top-notch experience, the one that really stands out, was a quiet night at Gino and Carlo in North Beach, when Ron took me around and introduced me to just about everybody in the bar. There were some old-school writers from the golden age of print journalism, a couple of local barkeeps on their night off, and the famous Carol Doda – the original topless dancer – and every one of them had a piece of advice for a young whippersnapper like me.

Which Party Earth reviewer(s) do you resemble most and why?

Personality-wise I’m most like Jonah, very into music and mixology, and not afraid to get a little dirty or a little lost, but I also tend to go for spots that are more Emma’s and Lucas’s type.

What is your perfect day in San Francisco? What are you doing and where are you going from morning to night?

Beretta for brunch, no doubt about that. Thrift-store shopping with a bike and a backpack through Valencia and the Haight, then down into SoMa to check out what’s new on the shelves at Jeremy’s, or maybe to catch a new foreign flick at the Embarcadero. A quick ride up to North Beach for a Sazerac at Tosca, then it’s back to the Mission for tapas or a burrito, followed by many brews and late-night fried oysters at The Monk’s Kettle.

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