Discover The ‘Naughty Town’ Of The North Bay — Larkspur

May 6, 2012 4:54 PM

Reporting Julie Watts

Where the North Bay meets the San Rafael Bridge lies the quaint city of Larkspur. Much is unchanged in this “naughty town” since 1849, when San Francisco gentlemen came here to rendez-vous in secret with their girlfriends. Discover Larkspur’s storied past, its awesome beer, and its delicious food. While you’re at it, steal a peek behind the gates of San Quentin prison.

Emporio Rulli
464 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 924-7478

Taste a little piece of Italy at Emporio Rulli, the creation of Gary and Jeannie Rulli, the quintessential Italian pastry, chocolate, caffe and wine shop.

Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board
Authors of “Larkspur Past and Present”

The Larkspur Heritage Preservation Board is an advisory committee that – among other duties – oversees Larkspur’s Historic Resources Inventory and recognizes outstanding preservation work on historic structures in Larkspur. Check out the latest edition of their book, Larkspur Past and Present. It’s filled with surprising facts about the Larkspur and its colorful residents.

The Lark Theatre
549 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 924-5111

You’ll find more than popcorn, candy and movies at the 75-year-old Lark Theatre. They also serve beer, wine! Lark Theatre is open 365 days a year.

Coquelicot From Provence
503 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 924-0279

Coquelicot is the french word for the red poppies that pepper the meadows in the South of France. Inside this charming boutique in downtown Larkspur, discover the charm of Provence–paintings, chandeliers, linens, and treasures big and small.

Silver Peso Saloon
450 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 924-3448

The Silver Peso Saloon first opened in the 1870s. Here, you’ll find sports memorabilia, a pool table, a shuffle board and plenty of good company. It’s a little piece of paradise on Paradise Drive.

Marin Brewing Company
1809 Larkspur Landing Circle
Larkspur, CA 94939-1801
(415) 461-4677

Brewing locally and winning globally, Marin Brewing Company is a brewery, pub and restaurant offering the highest quality brews. There are 30 different beers, and 6 or 7 are always on tap. Check out the San Quentin Breakout Stout.

San Quentin Museum
98 Dolores St. at East gate of San Quentin Prison
San Rafael, CA 94964
(415) 454-8808
Discover the history of California’s oldest prison. San Quentin Museum is open by appointment only, so be sure to call first.

The Left Bank
507 Magnolia Avenue
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 927-3331

Left Bank is an authentic Parisian-style brasserie located in the historic Blue Rock Inn in charming downtown Larkspur. Built in 1895 during the railroad era, The Blue Rock Inn was once a brothel during Prohibition. Open since 1994, The Left Bank captures the bohemian vibe of the Rive Gauche in Paris. Bon appetit!

Ready for your next adventure? Head over to Eye on the Bay’s Travel & Outdoors section and discover the best of the Bay.

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