”SF’s A Happy Hour Town” Claims Local Bar Owner

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And we don’t blame them, with a flurry of bottomless mimosa signs and drink specials from the hours of 12 p.m. until 6 p.m., SF has taken nightlife culture to the early afternoon. Bloodhound owner, John Ottman, believes the late night crowd is drying up.

“The happy hour crowd is great,“ he told Hoodline, speaking of Bloodhound. "But by midnight, it’s a ghost town. It’s a citywide thing.” And as bar observers ourselves, we’ve been seeing this common occurrence amongst our fave watering holes (i.e 620 Jones, Tender, Novela, etc.) While major companies work a strict 9-5 schedule, most start-ups have adopted a “fun” happy hour session to boost company moral. Companies around the Folsom street area such as Dropbox, Pinterest, and even small Google offices all take the time to do a drink or two with co-workers from the hours of 3 p.m. until about 7 p.m. Does this attribute to the lack of late night bar crawlers?

With the ghostliness of Bloodhound’s block, Ottoman has quickly noticed a shift in businesses in the area, “A lot of restaurants have closed. Three or four on this block alone… Triptych closed. El Capitan closed. Citizens Band is done.”

Though Folsom has seen it’s fair share of quietness in the past couple of months. With the rise of crime and murder on the strip, heading around the area after hours isn’t a cup of tea that most tend to drink.

Does this mean our fave Bloodhound could be seeing the social guillotine? Or does this mean that businesses will need to shift hours to accommodate a united workforce in San Francisco? Your thoughts are as good as ours.

// Bloodhound, 1145 Folsom St, SoMa, bloodhoundsf.com


Written by Anthony Rogers, photo courtesy of Bloodhound — Are you seeing a resurgence of closures in your area? Send us a tip and we’ll get investigating.

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