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Doc’s Clock is Closing

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Goddamn it! Yet another fantastic San Francisco dive bar is heading to the chopping block. I just ran into Carey, Doc’s Clock’s proprietor and she confirmed that when the bar’s lease is up in a year and a half, the new building owner won’t be renewing it.

The building that houses Doc’s Clock was recently bought by Leticia Luna, who owns a number of properties around The City, including the building that house Hecho in the Castro. She’s also the one behind the renovation at the former Paradise Lounge. Apparently she has other, undisclosed, plans for the space. This is a major fucking bummer.

Anyone worth a shit in San Francisco has spent a few great nights at Doc’s Clock playing shuffleboard, cheating on board games, or just shooting the shit. Hell, I’ve spent many nights there. From throwing PB&J parties, to campaign fundraisers, to lonely nights drinking with homesick Mexican line cooks and vagabonds, Doc’s Clock has always been there for me…and probably you too. It’s long been a destination for all the servers who work in nearby restaurants when their shifts are over and it’s also been a haven for a particular greyhound that was rescued from the track.

One of my favorite things that ever happened, was when the big neon sign that says “Cocktail Time” shorted out making it just say “Cock Time”. That kind of thing could only happen to a place as wonderfully divey as Doc’s Clock.

Carey told me that she’s looking for a new home for the place. I really hope she finds it. Or maybe, just maybe, the new owner, Ms. Luna, will change her mind and let this little piece of Mission District glory stay intact.

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32 Comments

  1. vetipie
    February 11, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Soon, all that will be left are tech offices and droves of boys sporting company logos. Walking the streets in search of something beyond the beige nothingness that San Francisco is fast becoming.

  2. Marc Mahoney
    February 11, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    This is a major bummer. I can understand (not endorse) an owner wanting to make upgrades to make more money with a piece of property, but that will entail the removal of one of the iconic neons in the city. The light it casts is as symbolic as it is beautiful; a tragedy in hoping for a happier ending.

  3. schlemozzle
    February 11, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    If she owns the Hecho building (barf), snowflake’s chance in hell that she’ll share any sentiment for a place like this.

  4. February 11, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I never go anywhere near the Mission. I stay west of Sunset Tunnel.

    • schmoj
      February 11, 2016 at 6:19 pm

      10 years ago, I would have told you that you were insane. Now you are very wise.

      • defhigh
        February 12, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Personally I like to see the sun more than twice a year.

  5. Necromos Spiritus
    February 11, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    i just started going here, and this is disheartening. its alot better than other places and i feel comfortable. even with the grumpy bartender.

  6. JaySFO
    February 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    I’ve lived here for 46 years – in fact, within a mile of this place for the last 43 – and when I saw the name Doc’s Clock, I have to admit that it was the first time I ever saw it, despite walking by there hundreds or even thousands of times. Somehow, in all these years I’ve managed never to set foot into this or any other bar in the Mission. An icon for some people is never even noticed by others.

    • schmoj
      February 11, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      10 years ago, there wasn’t a bar in the Mission that I didn’t go into. To each his own.

      • defhigh
        February 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

        Not everyone’s an alcoholic.

  7. Auntie Techy
    February 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I thought the sign had historical preservation status and can’t be removed from the building, if so the next place in there will have to be called Doc’s Clock. Damn I love Doc’s been going there for the last 15 years. This town is going to suck even more now. Thanks Ed Lee.

  8. Gerry Thrash
    February 11, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Guess I’m not worth a shit, because I’ve never been in there. Sucks for me, huh?

  9. Mark D
    February 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

    It’s downright shameful how SF is ridding itself of its history. Soon the city itself will start talking like Giants fans who act like baseball didn’t exist before 2010 – nope, SF never existed until 2010. Counter culture? Never heard of it. Definitely nothing to do with this place…SMH SMH SMH

  10. jeffp
    February 12, 2016 at 10:30 am

    I once saw a guy walk into Doc’s Clock wearing nothing but a cock sock and a chicken mask. He marched to the far end of the bar and back, ordered a shot of tequila, slammed it and appeared to chase it with hot wax from the candles they leave out on the bar. Then he paid and walked out. Another evening, there was a guy playing guitar at a table about where the pinball machine is now. No one was really paying attention. I don’t remember whether he had a hat out or not, but he looked like he was playing for tips. Turned out to be Jonathan Richman…just passing the time, I guess. Anything could happen in Doc’s Clock, and often did.

  11. sfister
    February 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I don’t know why everyone blames “tech bros” for every goddamn thing. I have no love for them myself but the place is absolutely FILLED with them almost every night of the week, which suggests that said tech bros are actually Doc’s Clock’s biggest patrons and supporters. Anti-tech sentiment is a product of lazy minds.

  12. michaelinsf
    April 8, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Have to make a correction to something stated in this article. The building that houses Hecho in the Castro, whatever you may think of it, is not owned by this woman. She might own a condo in it, but there is no single “owner” of this multi-unit condo. Besides being completely incorrect information, it also seems ridiculously beside the point.

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