It’s an unlucky day for fans of cheap craft beers, free popcorn, and arguably the greatest punk rock jukebox in town. Market Street mainstay dive bar Lucky 13 has been handed its walking papers, and a notice has been posted outside the bar stating that the iconic Church and Market location is under review, and will most likely be torn down to build apartments.
Hoodline broke the news Tuesday morning, noting that a Planning Department building permit application has been posted on Lucky 13’s wooden side fence declaring that the building is under review for demolition. The bar has not issued a public comment and they don’t have a website, but Lucky 13 did share Hoodline’s report on Facebook without disputing the information.
The permit application states the Lucky 13 building would be replaced with a five-story, 27-unit apartment building — which is also posted online, if you really want to wallow in your disappointment.
We’ve known the end was probably coming for Lucky 13 for nearly two years, as developers submitted their most recent plan to raze the bar in 2015. That original plan called for a 31-unit apartment building, but this version of the project calls for fewer units and ground-floor commercial space.
Lucky 13 has a long and storied history, dating back to before it was called Lucky 13. In the 1970s it was a gay bar called Alfie’s, and went through several name changes during that period. Harvey Milk himself often held meetings at the bar’s 1970s incarnation, and part of Milk’s funeral was held at the location.
No closing dates or demolition dates have been announced for Lucky 13 or its building.