Callahan’s (Santa Cruz, CA)

Callahan’s is included here as a sad reminder of the need for continuous vigilance (make sure to remind bar owners that their comfy padding is a major reason that you’re a customer!). It used to have snappy red padding on the rail of its bar, shown below in an archival photo from Halloween 2009, but this was stripped to bare wood in a recent, misguided revamp. Only some of the red knee padding remains as a reminder of what once was.