Nite Trax: Esta Noche to close, adios Esta Noche


Not even a guest starring role on Looking could save beloved Latino-oriented gay dive Esta Noche, alas! According to Eater SF, the Mission favorite is being sold by its owners -- reportedly willingly -- to the team behind SoMa meat market Wish.

The new owners take over next week, but will keep things the same for a while, in order for everyone to have some time to say goodbye. (New Mission businesses, please take note: this is how you help avoid a PR nightmare.) Then get ready for more craft cocktails and loungey vibes, Missionites! Ugh.

I like the Wish kids, and I know that the Esta Noche tale is more complex than a simple eviction. Still, it's heartbreaking to see a community mainstay -- 40 years! -- shutter, especially one that caters to a different crowd than Castro-roaming bachelorettes and tired Britney queens. Legendary comedy nights, hilarious performances, and, of course, the insane Miss Gay Primavera contest all played out on its stage. And where the hell can I hear Norteno music while cruising cute boys now?

With this coming hard on the heels of the 77 Geary building booting out its art galleries for tech companies, it has been suggested that the Guardian should start a column shaped like a tombstone, listing all the things we're losing. But at least we'll have craft cocktails! 


Maybe he can pass a measure authorizing the city to seize and run the bar in the interests of "protecting our queer spaces" and "celebrating diversity!!"

Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 3:53 pm
Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

Well, some of the people who go to Esta Noche are from América Latina, so they are Latino/a, not Hispanic (Hispano/a). But being a troll, I suspect you don't know the difference since trolls choose to operate on ignorance.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

more technically precise term "Hispanics".

Posted by Guest on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 9:58 am

Your comment is so sad, and is an example of the current state of San Francisco. Does diversity make you cringe? Do you want everyone to act/look like you? Not if I can help it.

Posted by Blexxxxcccchhh on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 9:46 am

anything else.

He was observing how precious Campos is about those groups - far more than other groups who he is supposed to also represent.

Campos is a card player who practices identity politics, thereby breeding class warfare. He is divisive and polarizing, and it is fine to point that out.

Posted by Guest on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 10:00 am

Disgustingly sad to hear this. Yes, we're losing so much as this city continues to sanitize and turn itself into corporate blandness.

" But at least we'll have craft cocktails!"

And drunk straight people in the Castro walking hand-in-hand, weaving all over the place, and then one of them throwing up and passing out on the sidewalk.


Posted by Miguel on Feb. 26, 2014 @ 7:19 pm

As someone who is " old" (48), it is amazing to me how sad the nightlife in San Francisco has become, and strangely enough, how good the nightlife in Los Angeles has become. For every club/bar that closes in S.F., 20 more open in Los Angeles!

Posted by Guest on Feb. 27, 2014 @ 4:58 am

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