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It could be the most beautiful cocktail deck you never see.

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Still doing our summer waterfront thing here...Friday I made this discovery when I was hanging around the Maritime Museum's ferry Berkeley. I was checking out something the beautiful Carla definitely does wanna see -- that Paul Gauguin exhibit. "Three Voyages to Paradise." Cap’n Cook, Herman Melville, and Gauguin.

They have a whole bunch of Paul’s actual paintings and carvings. And artifacts, including the ear he cut off his buddy Vincent…

Kidding about that part. But they say, paintings, carvings, bits of just about everything else he did in Tahiti. Right here! Bobbing about aboard the Berkeley.

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Bad news is, it costs $14 to get in.

Good news is, that qualifies you to see the exhibit, and visit every ship the Museum has.

Best news (for me) is, this also gets you to cocktails at a little palapa they call the Paradise Patio on the barge behind.

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You're way out on the bay on this thing, and Wild Jim Oldham’s rockin’ out here with a pretty good collection of cocktails, beers, wines and snacks, and tables to enjoy them at.

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He's open midday to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Prices are pretty standard, and they have sodas for kids.

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Jim has two or three umbrella tables up by the Civil War cannons they use (really!) to exchange gunfire with their schooner the Californian, when she’s sailing in from her coastal day trips. (They do warn you, so you can block your ears.)

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Civil war (working) cannon

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Schooner Californian fires a broadside

It’s a water-lapping experience. Almost like having cocktails aboard a low, flat ocean liner. “I guarantee, it’s the most beautiful view of the bay you’ll have around here, because you’re actually out in it ,” Jim says.

The bad news is, Joe Public can’t get to this sunset viewing/glugging treasure without paying the full Museum ticket of $14 every time, so you can get that hand-stamp pass.

Come on fellers, could you have a special hand stamp that gets us through to the palapa but not the exhibits? This shouldn’t be a one-time affair.

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