SF gay bar to reopen this spring after devastating 2019 fire

SF gay bar to reopen this spring after devastating 2019 fire

and Media Studies from UC Berkeley. Prior to SFGATE, she was an associate editor at East Bay Express and freelance writer covering the Bay Area music scene. Email: madeline.wells@sfgate.com

Q Bar, a beloved Castro nightlife destination, is set to reopen after more than three years of closure due to a devastating fire. The new Q Bar will feature brand-new walls and bathrooms, and its owners are planning a reopening party with go-go dancers.

The building at 456 Castro St. has a long history of being a gay bar, dating back to 1971. It has gone through several incarnations, including Twilight, Dirty Dick’s, Le Bistro, Castro Station and Bar on Castro. Q Bar was a popular LGBTQ nightlife destination before it closed, with events like the weekly party Booty Call, hosted by drag queen Juanita MORE!

The fire that closed Q Bar occurred on November 16, 2019, injuring two people and displacing 13. It closed Osaka Sushi, clothing store Body and Q Bar. Firefighters never determined the cause of the fire, which resulted in catastrophic damage to Q Bar.

The reopening of Q Bar is a much-needed spot of joy for the Castro neighborhood, especially after the recent abrupt closure of Harvey’s, a nearby 27-year-old gay bar and restaurant. Q Bar was a place of refuge and community for many, and soon they will be able to call it home again.

The owners of Q Bar are currently in the process of obtaining the necessary permits and licenses to reopen. They are also working with the San Francisco Fire Department to make sure the new Q Bar meets all safety regulations. Once these steps are completed, the owners will be able to announce an official opening date.

Q Bar has been a staple of the Castro neighborhood for years, and its reopening is sure to bring a renewed sense of life to the area. It will be a place for people to gather, celebrate and make memories for years to come.

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