Contest! Name That “Big Red Guy”

He’s large and in charge. He’s also bright red.

We’re talking about the huge statue of a Beefeater that presides over Bar Drake at Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. If you’ve visited the hotel, you probably remember him. Only not by name — because he doesn’t have one!

That’s where you come in. Now through April 4, the hotel is running a contest to name that “Big Red Guy.” It’s open to the public and hotel guests. Simply drum up a name and enter it through Sir Francis Drake’s Facebook page at

The lucky winner scores dinner for two at Scala’s Bistro, passes to Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, and a room at the Drake to crash in afterward.

Cheers to that. Can’t wait to hear from you!

Sir Francis Drake Hotel is located at 450 Powell Street, San Francisco (415-392-7755 or

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6 Responses to Contest! Name That “Big Red Guy”

  1. Dan Weinstein

    The Duke!

  2. Janet

    I think Toby suits him. Can’t enter ’cause I steer clear of Facebook.

  3. Tarsha

    He looks like his name should be Sir Francis. Classy and easy to remember.

  4. Virginie

    I will call him Draky !

  5. Carol

    I think his name should be Ruby Booby

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