One of the last of the old school neighborhood gay bars, The Pilsner Inn (225 Church St.), has been shuttered temporarily since November 24th as it undergoes a bit of a facelift.
The old girl has remained the same for as long as anyone the Biscuit knew to contact could remember.
The venerable bar, a Castro Queer ‘Cheers’ type establishment where everyone knows your name, has been a home away from home for generations of Duboce Triangle and Castro residents.
It has withstood the areas changing demographics and outlasted all its former local gay bar competitors: The Transfer (now Churchill), The Expansion Bar (now Blackbird Bar), Piano Zinc (now The Residence) and the Crows Nest (defunct bar within Church St. Station/Home Restaurant).
The Pilsner boasts a working class ethos — deco-inspired, tin-pressed ceilings, an old school early 20th century, worn-wood, full-length, railcar-designed bar, and a beloved patio that’s seen the comings and goings of the neighborhood.
It’s also host to countless charity events, has sponsored LGBT sport teams, is home base to a vibrant pool league, and the place many sport fans make a beeline for come the start of a San Francisco Giants, 49ers, Warriors, or Sharks game to watch with like-minded devotees and have a pint or two.
Signage originally stated the bar would be open by November 29th but the date has now been pushed to December 6th.
I hope the remodel is cosmetic. I would hate to see the old phone booth removed or bar altered, though most wouldn’t mind heaters on the patio and perhaps some fresh paint. We look forward to seeing whats happened and we’ll keep readers in the loop.