Lime Closing This Weekend in the Castro, to Be Replaced By S.F.’s First Gay Sports Bar
Castro bar impresario Greg Bronstein announced today that, as we gathered earlier this month, Lime (2247 Market Street) is indeed closing. He makes the announcement saying that there will be one more Sunday of shitshow-y, bottomless-mimosa brunching, minus the food, however we have it on good authority the place could be closing even sooner than that, and that it will be replaced in the coming months by San Francisco's first gay sports bar, under new ownership.
Now, New York's Chelsea and West Hollywood have Gym, which dubs itself "America's most popular gay sports bar," and where sporty gay men can live out their frat-boy fantasies, eating wings, watching games, and playing Flip-Cup in the basement "locker room" of the New York location. In the Castro's (and SoMa's) long history of gay bars, there have been many with jock, leather, and even cowboy themes, some which play big games on their televisions (especially when Madonna appears at the Super Bowl). The Lookout (Market & Noe) regularly does a Sunday event at which various gay sports teams hold beer-bust fundraisers called Jock. But never before has there been a gay bar in San Francisco explicitly calling itself a sports bar, so this should be something to see.
Details about the name, food, and decor are still to come, as the deal has yet to be inked, but stay tuned. Suffice it to say, Lime's white marble bar now quite stained and etched from a half decade of Cosmo spillage and sixties-mod interior will be jettisoned. If the deal goes through as planned, Sunday's brunch may get canceled.
As for Trigger (2344 Market Street), no announcement's been made but that one isn't long for this world either. We learned last month that Bronstein was selling Trigger's liquor license to Paxti's on Fillmore, so any new tenant there will need to apply for their own. For now, Trigger remains open until further notice.
Meanwhile, if in fact it does happen on June 3, as announced, Lime is planning on hosting a big farewell DJ party with a $20 cover, bottomless mimosas, and basically no food. Bronstein announces, "We will not be accepting reservations to eat but instead will be accepting reservations for booth and bottle service." Also, there will be wristbands, and if you don't care to drink, entry is a mere $5.