“WHEN I WAS a kid in San Anselmo there were at least nine bars. Now there is only one, and I have been the proud owner of it for 36 years,” says current proprietor Dan Pieri. Matteucci’s was born when Harold Matteucci, a former member of the San Anselmo Police Department, began buying up local bars. First came the Knot Inn in 1960, followed by the Escrow, which Harold renamed Matteucci’s, in 1973. “All the bars in Marin are survivors of many generations and changing times,” says Pieri, who insists his bar is much more than just a dive. He, his employees and his patrons enjoy golfing, bocce, cribbage tournaments and even trips to Italy and Mexico.
WHAT THEY SAY
Dan Pieri, owner
Is Matteucci’s a dive bar? Definitely not. I think not only my bar, but all the bars that are left in Marin are all great bars, not dives. Our longevity is due to our commitment to and our care for our patrons.
Your definition of a dive bar? A place where you may find yourself uncomfortable for a variety of reasons. The bathrooms tell a story in and of themselves.
Describe Matteucci’s. Matteucci’s is a great neighborhood bar with a diverse clientele who respect us as much as we respect them.
DIVE BAR CHECKLIST
Games? Two pool tables.
Celebrity photos? Several pictures of old celebrities on the walls and the Blues Brothers on the roof.
TV is always on? Yes.
PBR available? Yes, on tap.
Muddled cocktails? We’ll muddle your cocktail.
Fake fireplace? Gas fireplace and AC.
Food served in bags? Yes.
Matteucci’s T-shirts? Great T-shirts for sale.