Bar Shots: The Gangway May (Tragically) Be Walking the Plank


The Gangway. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

About six months ago, I heard the historic dive ~GANGWAY~ was up for sale (nooooooo), and I have to admit I shuddered at the thought that SF’s first and oldest gay bar (since 1961—although the bar has been in existence since 1910, which makes it 105!) could potentially be in peril. And then I just saw the pending liquor license transfer to “Breaking Chad, Inc.” (noooooooo) and called the bar. And then I heard the last thing I wanted to hear from my favorite bartender there: that a couple straight guys are reportedly taking it over. NOOOOOOOO. Now, this isn’t confirmed or final final, but it definitely doesn’t bode well.

I will keep checking in with the bar on any updates, and I also reached out to “Breaking Chad’s” legal rep to relay a message and see if they have any comments on their plans. Now, excuse me while I start crying into my really strong drank, because that’s all the Gangway serves (well, and a whole lot of dive bar realness). SIGH. 841 Larkin St. at Geary, 415-776-6828.