Red Devil Lounge To Close, Shrinking Live Music Options on Polk Street

Categories: Bummer, Clubs

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Inside Red Devil Lounge
The Red Devil Lounge, a roughly 18-year-old live music club on Polk Street, is closing at the end of this year to make room for -- yep, you guessed it -- another craft cocktail bar. That's via Inside Scoop, which reports that owner Jay Siegan will focus on promoting shows at other venues like DNA Lounge and Cafe Du Nord.

Red Devil Lounge has long occupied an odd niche in the city's live music scene, booking a mix of cover bands, lesser-known artists, and a once-in-a-while big name like Nikka Costa or KRS-One. It wasn't one of the city's most important clubs, though its loss, along with the passing of Kimo's, continues the evolution of Polk Street from a gay haven to a weirdo oasis to a place where (mostly) straight people go to get drunk and meet other (mostly) straight people. And it furthers the evolution of San Francisco from a place with plenty of small stages for artists of all stripes to strut their stuff into a playground for the young and spendy.

Whatever you thought of Red Devil Lounge's live shows, the club's calendar is largely booked until the end of the year, and the place is not without its fans. Money speaks for itself, we suppose, but does this city, much less Polk Street, really need yet another place to buy expensive cocktails?

See also: When Pork Belly Replaces the Punk Club: Fears About the Future of Music in Affluent S.F.

-- @iPORT



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sebraleaves
sebraleaves topcommenter

The music in San Francisco died aound 2001, around the time of the dot bust. Live music revues have been in a steady decline since a wealthy land owner left his considerable real estate holdings in SOMA to the San Francisco Archdiocese and the new landlords changed policies and management of those properties where many artists and musicians lived and worked. Now we have clubs featuring piped music, "live" DJs, ear splitting volume, designer cocktails, and wifi so people can communicate via iphones and pads. They can't hear each other to talk in person. Welcome to the 2013 San Francisco music scene.

pjaaronson02
pjaaronson02

The city has changed so much since the mid 90's...  music scene here is soooo dead, replaced by bad DJs at trendy cocktail joints.  The radicals have either left or are quietly disappearing.

Nigel Sussman
Nigel Sussman

Very sad! It will be missed. My band played many shows there. It is the best venue on Polk.

Franko Ali
Franko Ali

at least we still have all the frat bars with lines out the door! i love my hood!

Galser Marcos
Galser Marcos

They going to put in a Wine Bar? hahahahaa cry.

TWAT
TWAT

sucking!

Kevin Quandt
Kevin Quandt

Booking has never been terribly sustainable at this joint.

matt.chaikin
matt.chaikin

Terrible loss. Is this the true meaning of #techcrunch

Cody Kushner
Cody Kushner

The venue itself is fine: its well-located, there are plenty of other bars nearby, acoustics are solid, great bar, etc. However their booking over the past five+ years has simply plummeted in quality. There's just no compelling reason to go there, especially when Hemlock Tavern located a few blocks away offers an infinitely better live music experience.

Jessica Tovar
Jessica Tovar

nothing in SF is punk rock anymore thanks to the stale yipsters!

SoTheresThat
SoTheresThat

@Kevin Quandt 18 years of live music operation is indeed very sustainable. 

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