Many readers have noted the bar/nightclub space located at 2344 Market Street is undergoing a remodel. It’s soon to reemerge, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, as Beaux, the latest venture by Tim Eicher, Rob Giljum, and Rob Cotterman, owners of the bars The Edge and Midnight Sun.
That property has a rich history serving the Castro’s LGBT community as a Queer watering hole. It has the distinct honor of being the Castro’s first Gay bar, Missouri Mule, when it opened in 1963.
At the time the Castro was not the epicenter of San Francisco Gay life.
As Queer service personnel mustered out of the US armed services post World War II the burgeoning SF LGBT community first took root in North Beach. As word spread that SF was a homo safe(r) space more Gay people arrived. The community migrated to include The Tenderloin. By the time the Missouri Mule opened it’d grown exponentially and was firmly entrenched in the Polk.
The Castro/Eureka Valley neighborhood was primarily still a very sleepy, quiet parish of Irish, German and Swedish blue-collar, immigrant and small business owners. By the end of the Missouri Mule’s run in 1973-one short, post-Stonewall, LGBT revolutionary decade later-over thirty other Queer bars had invaded the Castro minting it the new home for all things Gay in the City.
The bar transitioned following the closing of the Mule. It’s most popular incarnation, The Detour, a rough and tumble, super cruisey, dude bar where all were welcome, was one of the most infamous and beloved booze joints in the ‘Stro during the 80′s through early 2000′s. Dark, moody, sparse in decor-black walls, limited lights, hard benches and chain link fence creating a mini-maze within its small acreage, the Detour boasted hot bartenders, cutting edge music from a wide variety of DJ’s spinning Punk to House and always a dose of trouble to be found.
When The Detour closed it was an end of an era. Many Castro residents still wax poetically about the good times they had there. The space was acquired by Greg Bronstein not long after. Mr. Bronstein rechristened the bar Jet, prettied it up till it looked like a tired tart tempting tourists for a toss.
He expanded into the frame/art store next door doubling it’s size and remodeled birthing yet another L’enfant terrible named Trigger. Modeled after a LA/West Hollywood, glitzy-glam boy, themed bar Trigger soon gained a rep for Twinks and trouble. Mr. Bronstein eventually had his license pulled and was forced to close after the nightclub went into receivership in 2012.
Now Beaux is ready to be the property’s next torch-bearer. Castro Biscuit had a moment to speak with the clubs new Marketing Director, Joshua J Cook-aka Joshua J of Booty Call Wednesdays at QBAR-to get a sneak peek at what’s to come from Beaux.
Continue reading “Gettin’ the Skinny on Beaux, Castro’s Newest Nightlife Offering” »