The horrifying death march of San Francisco’s most integral dive bars continues with news that Mr. Bing’s, the nearly five decade old North Beach watering hole has been sold to new owners.
According to an unnamed bartender, via Hoodline, the deal was inked three weeks ago, and closure could follow at any time. The new owners plan to close the bar for renovations, and, according to the source, could take it in the direction of their other business, an Inner Richmond Irish bar called Ireland’s 32. That’s right, Mr. Bing’s could soon become an Irish bar in the heart of North Beach, complete with "Fireball Fridays," if the new bar is anything like its sister establishment. While largely speculation, since there has been no comment or response from the bar’s new owners, it seems that either way Mr. Bing’s as we know it is over.
Mr. Bing’s liquor license expired June 30, though the doors remain open. But, fans of its beer-soaked interior and paintings of pantiless tennis players better hurry in for a last shot of whiskey— the doors could close at any moment. Stay tuned for more details on Mr. Bing’s final days.