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Dancing With the Naked Ladies of Albie's Beef Inn

Plus, there's that pretty darn good prime rib.

Welcome to our photo series Eater Scenes, where Eater photographers visit some of the city's great restaurants and bars to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, in honor of Classics Week, Eater photographer Bradley Schweit pays a visit to Albie's Beef Inn at 9 p.m. on a Friday.

Peer inside the iconic Albie's Beef Inn during a bustling Friday night and glimpse a place mainly unchanged by time; current proprietor Ted Samouris is only the second owner since the restaurant and piano bar first opened in 1962, along with the adjacent Adam's Steak 'N Eggs, on a Mission Valley lot that also houses a Travelodge.

Most infamous here are the painting of nude ladies (reportedly of stewardesses-turned-models) that hang throughout the bar, where mature folks and hipsters alike gather to croon a song, shuffle across the dance floor or eat from a throwback menu that includes Steak Diane, shrimp scampi and their signature prime rib.

In an Eater Interview, longtime bartender Fred Graslie called Albie's "the last dinosaur bar of its kind"; let's just hope that this beloved dinosaur doesn't go extinct.

Albie's Beef Inn

1201 Hotel Cir S, San Diego, CA 92108 (619) 291-1103 Visit Website

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