21-Sep-2009 (Mon) Wherein the ABC chilling effect proceeds apace.

So, Folsom Street Fair is on Sunday, and DNA Lounge will be closed that day. Why, you ask? Well, because the well-known ABC shenanigans mean that we will no doubt be under more intense scrutiny than any of the other thirteen blocks and four hundred thousand people of the fair, and would be placed in the odd position of having conversations like this all day long:

"I'm sorry, Sir. You are perfectly welcome to stand in the middle of the street in front of the club, with a cup of beer in your hand and your cock hanging out, but before you come into our nightclub, you'll have to pour out your beer and put some pants on."

So, fuck it, we're just going to be closed. It's not worth having an argument with every single customer, and yet still risking getting another bullshit "lewdness" citation despite our best efforts. We had a number of promoters wanting to do lucrative events here that day, but thanks to the meddling of those homophobic prohibitionists from Sacramento whom we like to call the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, we'll be leaving money on the table in a way that no other business located within range of the Folsom Street Fair would even consider.

Thanks, ABC. Thanks ever so much.

In other news, some photos are up of Meat and of Hubba Hubba Revue: Apocalypse, which was also Hubba's third anniversary!

7 Responses:

  1. tkil says:

    Not that it makes you feel any better, but they (or their henchmen) are on the march in San Diego, as well.

    I used to live in Ocean Beach down there, and the family went for a vacation the first week in August. They used to come out to visit me 3-4 years ago, and it was no big deal to take the whole family into bar-and-grille places (one of them stopped admitting minors at 5p, but that was the only glitch).

    This visit? Neither would let minors in at all. I asked one place about it, and they said it was due to increased vice squad enforcement. Whether or not that's directly linked to the puritanical ABC, I don't know, but it sounds awfully similar to your woes up in San Francisco.

    Either way, it cost those businesses at least 100$ in revenue each, and it will probably cost San Diego any possible repeat the 4000+$ that we spent there that week -- because, as much as I love the town, I don't want to go back there if my family can't enjoy the places we used to.

    (Not to mention that the net effect of this vice enforcement seems to have turned the last kid-friendly beach town down there into yet another post-college drunkard's alley -- a damned shame, and all in just a few years.)

  2. latemodel says:

    There is a simple answer to your problem: instead of requiring your customers to put on pants, institute a strict no-pants policy. It won't make Folsom any more wholesome, but it will keep the ABC agents out of your club.

  3. holywar says:

    I hope you're planning on putting up a large sign explaining exactly WHY you're closed that day.

    • bitjuggler says:

      Agreed, I think you should indeed close the DNA, but put up a big banner and sell T-shirts and solicit donations for the legal defense fund from a table out front.

  4. artkiver says:

    I noticed last night too seems like "finish your drink" demands were a bit more noticeable as a friend got a reminder with 20 minutes before 2 and was eyeballed while she downed the drink with 5 minutes before 2 (which is generally just one of the most awkward things for everyone involved). I rarely drink, but I don't recall witness this kind of security demand until last night. I'm guessing the shift was due to worries about ABC reps patrolling things who don't use accurate watches (not that ntp or atomic clocks would likely help given the dicks they've been)? Bummer regardless. ;-/

    • jwz says:

      It is a constant battle to get the staff to be polite. You have no idea. Can you describe the person you dealt with?

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