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Blur Bar in SF Is Soon to Be a Thing of the Past

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The face of Polk Street is changing. Period. But then again, what San Francisco neighborhood is safe from the dreaded “G” word anymore?

Little by little, the constants that delivered debauchery and delectable (or dicey) dining that once defined the district are slipping away into a soon-to-be distant past. It was the Hemlock Tavern in October, the nearby farmerbrown soul food restaurant in November and in 10 days, Blur will join the ranks of Tenderloin casualties.

Blur on Polk Street in San Francisco, Calif. to close on Jan. 12, 2019. Photo courtesy of Ron Kirkpatrick via Yelp

As of Wednesday, there were still more questions than answers about the reasons behind the popular bar’s impending closure. According to a Dec. 28 post on the bar’s Facebook page, Blur will permanently close up shop on Jan. 12:

After 15 years of love, heartaches, headaches and debauchery, Blur is closing.
From the early years of sushi (sushi in the Tenderloin?) and underground djs to BBQ from Bitters and 2for1 Happy Hours, it’s been an unforgettable journey.
Help us say good bye to an incredible run of 15 years. Our last day will be Saturday, January 12th. We will be open every day from now til then. Looking forward to saying hello to any last minute new friends and saying cheers to all the those that made Blur what it has been over the years.
And we know one thing for sure, we left it better than we found it.
Goodbye and good luck,
Ron and the Blur Crew and Family

Blur has been a go-to Polk Street spot for the past 15 years, properly feeding and juicing up patrons with daily 2-for-1 happy hours, a much appreciated discount for the city’s would-be drunks on a budget. As Eater SF pointed out, the bar is famous for parties like their 2017 luau (sand and all) and infamous for darker Santacon gatherings. But what bar worth its salt doesn’t have a few horror stories to go with countless laughs, chance encounters, bumping music…and more than a little vomit?

With little more than a week left on the countdown to closure, don’t waste any time getting your butt down to Blur to cash in on the last happy hour specials – Blurry Mojitos can still be had and memories can still be made to tell your grandchildren about someday…or not.


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