After 55 years, The Stud, San Francisco’s oldest gay bar, will be closing their historic location according to an announcement from ownership. In a sign the times, the bar cited the COVID-19 pandemic as a factor in their closing and noted that the Stud’s Twitch channel is still going strong.
In a bit of good news, the shattering of the famed 399 9th Street location may not be the end of The Stud.
“The Stud Collective will not end – it will become mobile, with the hope of finding a new space when things settle down,” tweeted state Senator Scott Wiener.
The Collective is led by a group of 17 co-owners who took over control of the property after landlords tripled rent on the South of Market property in 2016.
Wiener will be appear with Supervisor Matt Haney as well as co-owners Honey Mahogany and Vivianne Forevermore!, Rachel Ryan at a press conference tomorrow. The Collective’s future will be discussed.
A Zoom-cast drag funeral for the bar is also scheduled for May 31.
The Stud was originally a Hell’s Angels hangout and briefly a haven for hippies. However, above all, the bar holds a legendary place in Bay Area gay history. Known as an OG of the leather scene and a hotspot for drag artists, the venue was an institution.
Until plans are sorted, The Stud will continue to build their community digitally.