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Taking a Dive

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"Is the dive bar headed for last call in SF?" asks C.W. Nevius in his latest column, citing the tough trifecta of "saloon economics, ever-rising rents and changing demographics" as obstacles to the kind of place where drinks don't cost $13. Liquor licenses are a definite culprit: at $250K for a liquor license in the Mission (compared to $25K 20 years ago), it makes far too much sense for old bars to sell up—and not enough for new ones to start with anything close to low prices. [Chron]

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