By Dana Eastland. If there were any doubt that the rad dive bar was officially an endangered species in San Francisco these days, news has come that beloved dive bar and SoMa institution DAVE’S is closing at the end of the year. The bar, which has been on 3rd Street just a block off Market for 26 years, lost their lease and won’t be able to remain. SFist reports that the lease has been taken over by the Future Bars team, of Bourbon & Branch, Rickhouse, Local Edition, and Cask, which is just next door. In the meantime, be sure to swing by Dave’s before it’s gone forever. 29 3rd St. at Market, 415-495-6726.
If that wasn’t enough to drive you to an early happy hour, Hoodline is reporting that SoMa dive and sports bar ZEKE’S has also run into landlord trouble and is also closing. According to partner Eileen Chen, the bar lost their lease when a partner passed away unexpectedly abroad, and the lease didn’t get resigned as planned. Now, the bar’s landlord has chosen a new tenant for the space, and Zeke’s will be closing on Saturday October 10th. And let this be a reminder, friends: if you have a favorite bar, a local dive you love, go there often. Spend your money there. Support and enjoy them while you can. We can’t take our city’s gritty heart and authentic soul for granted. 600 3rd St. at Brannan, 415-392-5311.