Saturday, January 12, 2008

The Punk Board is on their game

Bearpaw wrote that two bars on 30th have recently been sold. I've checked with a couple sources and while nobody could verify dates, it appears that Bearpaw is correct. Scolari's is in the process of selling to the owners of PB Bar and Grill and Shooterz is selling to Bar Dynamite. Or vice versa. I don't remember because I was half asleep while on the phone.

Anyway, I'll save any commentary until I know more about the situation at both, but so far, I don't have any problem with the recent growth in North Park and while it's true that you might get a certain amount of PB bros and downtown hos, I really don't think there's going to be some mass exodus from those scenes trying to take over the North Park area that we know and love. AC Lounge didn't ruin the between heights area like people predicted it would, the Pink Elephant proved that you can have a cool spot, with cool ambience and good people and still have cheap drinks, and my experience at U-31 showed that while I'll never be a dance club girl, there are a lot of people who just want to shake their asses without pretense. U-31 is gonna build a stage so they can host bands a couple nights a week ($4 wells ain't too bad), and if Scolari's gets a facelift or a total change, well, I still always prefer the Ken Club anyway, so maybe bands who would play Scolari's will make the shift over.

The same thread mentions the Chee Chee making some changes, but I've been sworn to secrecy on that one. Others mentioned the Zombie's lease running out though I haven't looked into that rumor as yet. And the suggestion that there's always Chaser's? Well, until I'm convinced I would be safe there, I won't be going back anytime soon (which is the reason their listings are never included in my Things To Do lists.)

Anyway, lots of changes a' comin' in the San Diego bar scene, it appears. For now, I'm ok with that.

(Bar Dynamite bought Scolari's)

An update from BearPaw:

:Donny, Tbone, Toni, Chandra and Amee will have jobs if they want. In two months, the bar is closing for renovations for 3-6 weeks. The new owners want to keep the bar the same ... same bartenders, same drinks, same bands, same crowd, ...


Lazy John said...

Don't jump the gun, Rosey. The jury is still out on whether the AC Lounge will ruin BeHi. I live about four blocks away and I've noticed a steady increase in bros and hos. The question is whether street crime will continue to rise as a result and/or whether the patrons of AC Lounge will spill across the street to Kadan.

Have you been into Lancers since the change in bartenders? I haven't.

Unknown said...

I am not neccesarily ok with it, reason #1 being that I'm more than likely going to lose my job, as are my friends. I'm not Ok with 100s of bands not having a place to play every year because Scolari's is gone. I'm not ok with the day crowd losing the only place they feel they belong. Scolari's might not be the tastemakers favorite bar but it's more important than you think, what band didn't cut their teeth there? It is a sad day if they take this away from us.

Lazy John said...

Things ebb and flow. It will get worse, then better, then worse, then better. I'll be an old man by then, so I won't care. It will be a strange ride for younger San Diegans, though.