Tag Archives: bars

Mission history: bars of long ago

The Mission has long been an entertainment zone for the city — home to racetracks, bear and bullfights, beer parlors (including The Willows), and other amusements. Some of those old bars, such as Elixir (established in 1858) and Homestead (since 1902), still stand, while several have gone the way of the dinosaur. This week, we will be exploring some of the watering...

Calls to boycott Phoenix Pub after owner fires seven female employees

Signs have gone up in the Mission urging patrons to boycott the Phoenix Irish Pub on Valencia Street to protest a decision by its owner to fire seven female employees. The signs read: “Shitty business practices!! The owner fired entire female bar staff (not male staff) without any warning or reason and lied about closing the bar, only to reopen...

Doc’s Clock raising money to bring back iconic sign

The iconic Doc’s Clock sign is going home. Well, to its new home. The bar is raising cash to have the sign transferred a block down to the bar’s new location at Mission and 20th streets. This could be the final chapter in a saga that began with Doc’s lease not being renewed last year, and an ensuing struggle with...

Neighborhood Notes: two marches, a new bar, and Jenny Lemons

Barrel Proof A new bar called Barrel Proof is opening on Mission Street between 19th and 20th streets, in the former site of Cease & Desist. Last May, Cease & Desist’s owners (also the owners of Tonic Nightlife Group bar empire, which includes Dr. Teeth) sold the bar to David Zimmerman, the owner of Cabin on Polk Street and the...

Extending bar hours in SF? Not so fast, say some Mission bar owners

State Senator Scott Wiener is reviving his efforts to extend last call in San Francisco to 4 a.m., arguing that the move would be a boon to the city’s nightlife culture and economy. But in the Mission, many bar owners are skeptical. One who isn’t is Ben Bleiman, who owns four bars in San Francisco, including Teeth on Mission Street....

After dark history, Homestead rings in 115 years

When Deb Welch first stepped into The Homestead, a bar at the corner 19th and Folsom, it was love at first sight. It was 1996, and a Japanese blues band was playing a tune in the corner. “There was hay all over the floor, and the band didn’t speak a word of English,” she said. “It was so bizarre.” Welch...

SF Mission’s Pop’s Bar celebrates 80 years

Legend has it that Pop’s Bar has been peddling booze on 24th Street since the dark days of prohibition, so it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood institution is turning 80.   On Tuesday morning, a few patrons were scattered around the bar, and one of the bartenders was whipping up a special cure — a dash of...

Neighborhood Notes: Trick Dog and Delfina win honors, plus MAPP Saturday evening

MAPP! It’s MAPP weekend! The Mission Arts and Performance Project is putting on its bimonthly arts event, which will be featuring music, poetry readings and art shows at six locations around the Mission Saturday evening. In collaboration with MEXASB from UC Berkeley, MAPP will be hosting an art sale fundraiser for the victims of the earthquake in Mexico on Saturday...

Elbo Room move delayed, owners carve out another year on current lease

Granted a one year lease- extension from its landlord, the Elbo Room will continue to operate out of its current 17th and Valencia street location until 2019. “We are excited. It means everybody still has jobs,” said Matt Shapiro, co-owner of the iconic Mission District bar, shortly before calling a staff meeting to inform his employees of the good news...

Pinball pub to take place of Belgian eatery

A pinball and food establishment called Outer Orbit Pinball and Restaurant will be moving into the Mission Bernal neighborhood and is set to operate in the Mission Street space currently occupied by the Belgian gastropub Bel. Bel, located at 3215 Mission St., will close in the coming months  after a two-year run in that location.  It is unclear when Outer...

SF Mission’s Zeitgeist looks to expand

A former sheet metal shop at 80 Duboce Ave. could soon serve as an extension of the popular Mission District bar Zeitgeist. As Capp Street Crap first reported, the owners of the bar at 199 Valencia St. are seeking to extend their liquor and food license into the adjacent building in a “premise to premise” transfer that would put them...

Doc’s Clock loses iconic sign, owner vows to rebuild a better one

Following Doc’s Clock’s displacement from the building that housed it for some six decades, owner Carey Suckow learned this week that she will not only have to part with the space, but also the beloved Mission bar’s iconic neon sign. After the bar’s building switched hands last summer, Suckow accepted the end of an era at 2575 Mission St. when the new owner...

Doc’s Clock announces June closing date, will reopen in new location in July

We all knew it was coming – the last, last call at Doc’s Clock’s original location will take place next weekend. Owner Carey Suckow announced today that the beloved neighborhood bar will celebrate its final hurrah at its 2575 Mission St. location next Saturday: Our last date at the current location will be Saturday June 3rd.  We hope to be up and running...

Cease and Desist to continue, but under new ownership

Far from desisting, Mission Street bar Cease and Desist will continue operations under new ownership beginning this week. Mark DeVito, who launched and owns Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem as well as Standard Deviant Brewing Company, started Cease and Desist, at 2331 Mission Street, as the Buffalo Club in 2015. When another bar by the same name based in...

Elbo Room named SF legacy business as owners search for new digs

Despite the Elbo Room’s impending displacement from its 647 Valencia St. location, its owners plan to stay rooted in the Mission and on Monday the city granted it legacy business status – a possible financial lifeline. “We got officially approved yesterday,” said Matt Shapiro, one of the bar’s owners, adding that he and co-owner Erik Cantu are currently working with...