New bars along Lower Polk Street were banned Tuesday as The City attempts to mitigate the rowdy nightlife scene that has increased there in recent years.
While the legislation was unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors with little debate, the proposal had inspired a spirited back-and-forth among community members and bar owners about the proper character of Polk Street and how best to address the impacts of the popular nightlife scene. Read More
Sustained neighborhood complaints about raucous nightlife have led one San Francisco official to suggest prohibiting new bars, liquor stores and shops selling tobacco products from opening along a six-block stretch of Polk Street.
Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, whose District 3 includes the portion of Polk Street dotted with such businesses, said the concentration of watering holes has resulted in unruly behavior that causes problems for area residents. Read More
Saturday night marked the last hurrah for Geary Street’s beloved neighborhood bar KoKo Cocktails, but the owners want to reinvent the business as a new Polk Street watering hole called Hi Lo.
The transfer of the bar’s liquor license is set for two hearings before supervisors Tuesday. And as with almost any small change in the dense urban fabric of The City, the seemingly simple move — less than a half-mile away in this case — has resulted in controversy. Read More