When we reported on Esta Noche’s successful fundraiser to keep its doors open last May, it seemed that this beloved 33-year-old bar, one of (if not the only) Latino gay bar in San Francisco, had more years left for drag shows and cheap drinks. Alas, it appears that this 16th Street bar does not have long in this ever-changing neighborhood. Eater SF reports the following:
Longstanding Mission dive Esta Noche rallied in the face of financial woes last year, but it looks like the noted Latino-oriented gay bar has called it quits, withAndrea Minoo and Callum Hutchins of Wish Bar and Loungeconfirming that they’ll be taking over the 16th Street space shortly.
The Wish team is still developing a concept to replace Esta Noche’s well-worn ambiance, but say that a great cocktail program and comfortable environment are in the works. “There’s a lot of history in that space, and we definitely want to preserve that,” says Hutchins, who notes that some details, like the arch above the bar, will be carried over once the two-month interior renovation is complete. However, fans of the spot’s historically gay-friendly dive bar atmosphere will see a radical change to something more akin to Wish’s loungey vibe.
The new owners plan to take over the bar next week and run it as is for a few months, so fans of Esta Noche will have time to say goodbye. After that, they’ll close for a renovation and are targeting an opening date somewhere in late summer or early fall.
Too bad, the famed bar just had a cameo on HBO’s Looking. We were hoping for more shots of this Mission institution.