People have lived on the site of San Francisco since at least 3000 BC and there were Native American villages on the bay when the first Spanish explorers arrived, but it was on this day in 1776 that Spanish colonists first established the Mission of San Francisco of Assisi.
Starting out as a sleepy little place, the city expanded hugely during the Gold Rush of 1848, when gold was found in its streams.
What better way to mark San Francisco's anniversary, and its many fabulous bars, than with a Cable Car cocktail? It was created by Tony Abou-Ganim at San Fran's 21-storey-high Starlight Room in reference to the bar's catchphrase, "between the stars and the cable cars".
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