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Plans To Replace Lucky 13 With More Condos

Updated: Dec 03, 2020 18:02
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Lucky 13, a bar full of good beers on tap, artistic murals, punk rock posters, free popcorn, and well lubricated locals is under threat in the Upper Market corridor (2140 Market Street).  Plans to bulldoze the beloved bar were submitted to the SF Planning Department by the Forum Design Group LLC in the form of a ‘Preliminary Project Assessment”, and for what else? Another 5 story condominium complex with no off street parking!

Upper Market St. has been in a condo development frenzy recently.  No less than 6 separate complexes have gone up or have plans to go up within a block of the Church and Market intersection.  They are all high-end steel and glass boxes with 1 and 2 bedrooms hovering around the $4,000/month range.  Whether nestled on top of a new Whole Foods or salivating over the space occupied by a great old bar, the developers have struck a vein, and like 49ers of yore, they’re digging up everything in site to make their fortunes.

Lucky 13 is one of the few bars in the city that you can still get a decent pint for $3 at happy hour, sit on an outdoor patio, play a game of pool, and even bring your dog in if you like.  I doubt the ‘commercial space’, bellow the planned condos will have any of those charms.  These Planning Department “assessments” usually take several months to process, meanwhile we will be looking into what our readers and the patrons of Lucky 13 can do stop the demolition of this historic place.  Stay tuned.

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Update: Crispin Mccabe saw this on the Facebook wall of Martin, the owner of Lucky 13:

“Hey everybody!
Thank you very much regarding your concerns for the LUCKY 13!
The possibility of the replacement of the bar with condos has been hanging over our heads since 2002.
The building is actually a historical landmark and that makes it a little more difficult to demolish.
At this point, plans are submitted and in the very, very early stages of any kind of decision or action.
In the short term we are not going anywhere!
Again, thank you so much for all your concerns and out pouring support.
It means a lot to everybody at the Lucky 13.
Keep your fingers crossed…”

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Photo compliments of and Lucky 13

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  1. GerardKoskovich
    March 11, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Not merely a fabulous dive bar, but also a significant queer historic site. Among other things, this was the gay disco Alfie’s that was the location of the victory party for Harvey Milk’s election to the Board of Supervisors in 1977. For more on the queer history of the bar, visit Preserving LGBT Historic Sites in California on Facebook (

    • Crystal Vielula
      Alex Mak
      March 11, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Awesome share GerardKoskovich. Where can you find the history of Lucky 13?

      • March 11, 2015 at 12:21 pm

        There’s some history here, though it’s probably just a fraction of what the GLBT Historical Society has.

      • Kelly L. Krause
        March 11, 2015 at 3:03 pm

        This is all great and relevant information that will need to be presented at any public hearings or on any petition… Save this info! ; )

  2. eljobsodiablo
    March 11, 2015 at 11:25 am

    I wonder if anyone will still want to live in San Francisco when it turns into San Jose.

    • March 12, 2015 at 6:17 am

      I left 4 years ago…whilst I miss the SF I knew and loved for 13 years, I woulnd’t move back, even if I could afford to.

  3. God Youreboring
    March 11, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Might I be the first to say, fuck this.

    • March 11, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Time to get a tank and plow Ed LEe’s HOUSE!!!! FUCK THIS

  4. andyheitz
    March 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

    on the real, who wants to start organizing some kind of petition to stop this with me? I’ve had it with this shit and they can’t keep taking all the good stuff. Lucky 13 is one of my all time favorites anywhere and it deserves to stay.

    • Crystal Vielula
      Alex Mak
      March 11, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      I’m waiting on a reply from to see what the process is for protesting this type of development. Apparently the building has been labeled a ‘historic building’, and this may give us added leverage. Ill post something new when I have some answers.

    • Kelly L. Krause
      March 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm petitions have been hugely successful in the past, that includes the preservation of built heritage in the face of over-development.

  5. C-Word Rogers
    March 11, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Anyone remember the American Music Club? — cool music venue that was only around about a year or so in 1988 … I thought it was in this space but it’s not on the list of occupants.

    • Newaveclub
      March 11, 2015 at 6:40 pm

      ‘Twas actually SF Music Works (ca. 1986-88) but AMC played there a few times. I vividly remember a Penelope Houston show at the venue in ’87. The Music Works was one of the leading rock clubs in the city during that period, competing with the I-Beam, Vis/Kennel Club, Chatterbox/Chameleon, Paradise Lounge, 16th Note and a few other venues.

  6. Kelly L. Krause
    March 11, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    The Elbow Room in the Mission is also being threatened by the end of 2015/beginning of 2016 when it’s lease is up; this equally fantastic venue needs to be added to the ‘Save San Francisco’ list!

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  8. Leslie von Ricker
    March 11, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Blan Francisco

  9. mitzilani
    March 11, 2015 at 8:00 pm


  10. Hata H. Zappah
    March 13, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    $3 for a happy hour pint? That’s a lot. My point is this: if we don’t want our places to disappear, maybe we shouldn’t be charging enough for what we like that it draws the attention of those who want to make our places disappear.