A bar that men would urinate atgreenspun.com : LUSENET : San Francisco History : One Thread
Heard a story about bars in San Francisco that has a trough where men would take a leak without ever having to leave their place at the bar. Is this true or myth? Anyone have any links to an old picture of this?
-- Keith Schulenburg (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 18, 2004
Those were modern spittoons. The trough had water running through it and, indeed, they were used as urinals on occasion. Health codes dictated they be filled, but you can still see evidence that they existed in some bars.
-- strange (email@example.com), May 18, 2004.