Tag Archives: bars

To survive, SF Mission bar will transform into pot club

The Latino-centric bar Coronitas Bar and Grill, located where the Mission meets Bernal Heights, is in the process of trading in its liquor license for a medical marijuana permit in what it says is a bid to stay relevant in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “At this point, it’s unprofitable for us to continue with [Coronitas],” said owner Jorge Esparza, who...

It’s official: Doc’s Clock’s ‘Last Call’ in current locale will be in May

With Doc’s Clock set to move into the ground-floor space of the 20 Mission cooperative, its owner announced via a Facebook post on Tuesday that drinks will officially be served for the last time in its current location sometime in late May. The iconic bar has operated at 2575 Mission St. for some 60 years, but with its lease set to expire in...

Grocery, sports clubhouse, party den: Shotwell’s Bar has seen it all

When Tom Madonna left the San Francisco finance world to start a bar in 2006, he needed a change. “It didn’t fit my values. When you watch people in a high stress sales environment talking about selling risky annuities to retired ladies, you can’t feel good about that,” he says. Friday, April 1 marks his 10th anniversary running Shotwell’s on...

Elixir Bar: A Deep Fount of Mission History

When you grab a drink at Elixir on 16th and Guerrero streets, you might not know you’re inside the city’s second-oldest saloon, running since 1858. On Saturday, boozehound historians of the E Clampus Vitus association will reveal a historic plaque at Elixir denoting its venerated status. Mission Local talked with owner H. Joseph Ehrmann, the 11th (or perhaps 12th, given...

Valencia Housing Development Stalled Over Zeitgeist Shadow Dispute

The sponsors of a 28-unit housing development proposed for 198 Valencia – the current site of an auto service station discovered Thursday the peculiar traps of developing housing in San Francisco.   This one concerned the questions of shade, legacy businesses and in the end became a debate on whether the city’s charm – a charm derived in part from legacy businesses...

Valencia Street Salsa Venue, El Valenciano, For Sale

Part dance hall, part bar and tapas restaurant, Valencia Street’s Latin music and dance venue, El Valenciano, is now for sale. As Capp Street Crap reported on Monday, owner Victoria Vides has put the 4,500 square-foot space on the market for $525,000. The purchase comes complete with food and alcohol licenses and the venue’s rent and lease are negotiable, according...

Tiny Market Adds Even Tinier Bar

Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th and Capp streets is not just a liquor store, market and cafe anymore: it’s now home to the Mission’s latest beer and wine bar. Horsies Saloon, located within the shop but roped off from the market section, offers a cozy setting for a total of eight patrons at a time who will also be able to enjoy an...

Keeping Legacy of Iconic Queer Bar Alive

City leaders, members of the queer community, old regulars and many others who have had a hard time letting go of the shuttered Lexington Club gathered at its former space at 3464 19th St. on Monday afternoon to immortalize the popular Mission dive bar with a sidewalk plaque. Known to many as the last lesbian stronghold in the Mission, the...

Man Beaten, Robbed After Leaving Bar in SF Mission

A 34-year-old man was beaten and then robbed near 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Thursday after leaving a nearby bar where he had been drinking. Police report that the victim left the bar at 11 p.m. and walked out onto the street to get transportation when a 32-year-old man ran out in front of him and punched him three times...

Elbo Room to Be Replaced by Housing in 2018

The Elbo Room, a well-known bar on Valencia Street whose fate has been up in the air for years, will have to move or close down after 2018, when new housing will rise above the current building, according to property owners. The existing structure will be incorporated into the new development that has been in planning since 2014. The current owners of the Elbo...

Mission Pinball League Flips for Friendly Competition

On a drunken night at Gestalt on 16th Street, two pinball enthusiasts came up with the Mission’s latest pastime: a beginner league for pinball players. “My baby has come alive,” said Jessi Reid, a Mission resident, who along with her friend, Gene Hwang, has been dreaming of such a league for about a year. Now, through the support of friends and the power of...

Where to Watch Super Bowl 50 in the Mission

After all this fanfare about the goings-on downtown, traffic, money spent…the actual game is finally here tonight. If you’re a football fan but haven’t decided where to go yet to watch it, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a map of all the places we know of who will be showing the game. Many of these locations are serving specials, and Virgil’s Sea Room...

SF Mission’s Elbo Room’s Lease Extended Until 2018

The Elbo Room, the popular bar at Valencia and Sycamore streets, has faced an uncertain fate for more than a year now due to the property owners’ plans to construct a nine-unit, five-story mixed-use building at the site, including a home for themselves to retire in. Today, Elbo Room owners announced on Facebook that the bar has had its lease extended until January...

24th St. Bar Gets Cozy at What Was The Attic

Caroline Brown, owner of the new 24th Street Bar, sat composed in the naturally-lit, wood walled space, reveling in the launch of the bar’s new website: a launch into the world of social media, that she knows little about. That, she said, will be easy. What was more difficult was moving into the space in June that was formerly home...

What Happens Weekly and Keeps SF Guessing?

Trivia. At 9 p.m. on Tuesday night, Elixr is packed to the brim. Drinks occasionally spill and people yell in their friends’ ears just to be heard. Suddenly, a voice comes on over the PA system. The room shuffles and settles. It’s time for trivia, and everyone shuts up. It’s a scene repeated dozens of times throughout San Francisco, generally at...