Zeitgeist, a Mission District bar and beer garden with quite the reputation, is celebrating its 30th birthday, give or take, with four days of activities including music and drinking. The bar has also been referring to the weekend as the 40th anniversary, including the years that a previous bar, the gay cowboy themed Rainbow Cattle Company, occupied their space at the corner of Valencia and Duboce. Elsewhere, it’s the “Legacy Party Weekend,” in honor of the bar’s newly minted Legacy Bar status.
The schedule of events is as follow:
Thursday, September 7: Reunion performance by the Crosstops at 8 p.m., openers are Party Force at 6 p.m. and Barfeeders at 7 p.m.
Friday, September 8: Historic video screenings (including footage of a past creamed corn wrestling tournament at the bar) and a slideshow
Saturday, September 9: Craft fair from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with local artists selling items and 25% of the sale of all artwork given to the LGBT Center in San Francisco (in honor of the Rainbow Cattle Company)
Sunday, September 10: Domino tournament, with sign up starting at 10 a.m. and games starting at 11 a.m. Expect some special brunch items on the food menu
Zeitgeist, whose mantra is “Warm Beer, Cold Women,” is known for its sunny beer garden and the less-than-sunny demeanor of staff. But that’s partly an urban legend, says longtime bartender Robin Biles.
“We’ve been known for having pretty strong personalities, but we don’t think we need to be mean to people — we’re not really about that, and it’s a little blown out of proportion.”
That said, “there’s for sure people who get their feelings hurt [by staff]” Biles observes, suggesting that could be because they’ve had too much to drink.