||In 1931, Agostino
Giuntoli (nicknamed Bimbo by his business partner and former boss Monk
Young) opened the 365 Club at 365 Market Street. Featuring gin served in
coffee cups and after-hours gambling, the 365 Club was the quintessential
speakeasy. The club continued throughout the decades as a sophisticated
night spot and entertainment venue, drawing celebrity visitors and featuring
a line of beautiful chorus girls. One of the dancers, Rita Cansino, later
went to Hollywood where she became Rita Hayworth. Bimbo's
365 moved to Columbus Avenue in 1951, ushering in a new new era of
glamour at the North Beach location. With its elegant interior, rich history,
and continued popularity, Bimbo's 365 is an enduring San Francisco landmark.
Concerts here range from hip bands such as the Brian Setzer Orchestra,
to country star Loretta Lynn, and renowned performance artist Laurie Anderson.
A Bimbo's favorite is Dolphina, The Girl in the Fishbowl, who swims
nude in a fish tank behind the bar thanks to an optical illusion. Dolphina
is the inspiration for the oracle Mona who, as played by Bobby Jo Moore,
beguiles Chris Isaak on TV's "The Christ Isaak Show."