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SF Venues Possibly Screwed?

April 13, 2009
Great American Music Hall- not so great to the ABC

Being an advocate of such fine local establishments as Bottom of the Hill, Cafe du Nord, Slim’s, Great American Music Hall, etc. I had to post about this when I saw it in my inbox.

If fate has a twisted sense of humor, then many awesome music venues in San Francisco might be forced to shut down… for no reason relevant to the recession. If I’m understanding the situation correctly, many venues might be getting more than a slap on the wrist just for selling more booze than food.

In these hard times, good tunes and cold drinks with friends is about the only thing I truly believe is still worth spending my hard-earned money on. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way, so why does the Department of Alcholic Beverage Control have a stick up its ass about it? Do they have a monthly quota to fill- comprising of more lost jobs, an already suffering industry of musicians, and tons of pissed-off patrons? Do they honestly think losing this aspect of income-generating nightlife is a good idea?!

If you care at all, you can read the SFGate article that I was sent and spread the word. As far as I can tell, there’s not much one can do- are there petitions out there? Do they ever work?- but the one obvious solution is to simply start eating at concerts more.

Bottom of the Hill has happy hour from 4-7pm, and their kitchen stays open until 11. Check out the menu here– mmm grilled Ham and Brie sandwich sounds tasty!

Great American Music Hall has some really really good sounding stuff- click here for the menu– Tuna Tots, Falafel Bites, Polenta Pizza, Chocolate Truffles!

Cafe Du Nord can take reservations and starts serving a half hour before doors open. Their menu features a savory steak salad, little gourmet corn dogs, personal pizzas, Tiramisu!

Slim’s, like some of the other venues, does either a general menu or an advanced dinner/show ticket- general menu specializes in dishes which are appetizing for drunken munchies, like cheesy nachos and enchiladas. Click here to see more of the menu.

So let’s start getting classy people, and go out for dinner and a show like they did back in the day. If the ABC is going to think so old-fashionedly about it, then so should we.

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