Lucky 13, the 25-year-old dive bar with a metric ton of SF history, will be leveled for a five-story condo building. It’s been operating in limbo since the initial plans were submitted two years ago—now, the death knell has sounded, as an application has been submitted for demolition of the tiny, beloved building.
The building has actually been under threat of destruction since 2002, when plans were submitted for it to be knocked down for 28 condos and an underground parking garage. Luckily for Lucky 13, it was deemed a historic resource, and the plans were thwarted; now it seems that a new application for demolition could actually go through. The building proposed by Ankrom Moisan Architects will have 1,600-square-feet of commercial space on the ground floor, plus 27 units on five floors, a roof deck, and an underground parking lot. (For those with morbid curiosity, here are the proposed building plans.)
The bar’s building is one of 18 clubhouses built for Woodmen of the World 1906, according to Hoodline. It’s also an iconic space for SF’s LGBT community as it has had many different stints as dance clubs in the ‘70s, and was where Supervisor Harvey Milk held meetings. It’s also currently a dog-friendly, punk-music-playing, excellent dive bar.
Calls to the SF Planning Department have not yet been returned— no word on when the end of Lucky 13 might actually come to pass. Read the full notice of plans for demolition below:
As for the rest of SF’s dive bars, hold them close and visit them often. Elbo Room has until the end of the year, and Doc’s Clock is moving to a new location soon as well.