Brainwash Cafe & Laundromat Has Officially Closed

The best place in SoMa to wash your clothes while working up the nerve to get on stage during an open mic was rumored to be on the brink of closure in December 2016.

The rumors surfaced about a year ago, but Reddit reports that Brainwash, the SoMa cafe-laundry-comedy venue has officially shuttered for good. Never again we will eat a “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” Breakfast Sandwich. And if you ever did an open mic in San Francisco, there’s a good chance it was here.

Last December, we paid a visit to Brainwash to check in on its quirkly named washers and dryers, and ranked them all in ascending order of awesomeness. Do you also have fond memories of schlepping your filthy duds from the tiny junior one-bedroom you lived in at the peak of the Great Recession and getting them all clean again in machines named Captain Kirk, Dweezil, Heklina, and Carol Dods? Because we do. R.I.P. to a true neighborhood institution.

BrainWash Cafe & Laundromat1122 Folsom St., 415-861-3663 or

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