We received word today that SOMA hang-out Annie's Social Club
, will cease business after New Years.
The news was issued via a weekly email newsletter (sent out to the Yahoo newsgroup [sf_indie])
Subject: This Weekend at Annie's Social Club, plus some sad news...
We hate to do this, but there is some sad news we feel its better to deliver directly than to let the rumor mill speculate and distort. After almost four years of bringing you live entertainment, karaoke, booze, and good times, Annie's Social Club is closing its doors NEW YEARS EVE. We have had a blast partying with you these past few years and will miss each and every one of you, and want to give you enough notice that you can come down at least one more time to have a drink, catch a show, and say hi to us, as, well, you are part of our family...
And, we are not going out silently into that good night, but instead will be raging and partying through the end, so come down, throw some money at us, have a drink, bang your head, lose your voice singing karaoke, and celebrate not mourn...
The newsletter did not state why the bar was closing. Calls to Annie's have not been returned at this time.
Annie's is a homey dive with friendly bartenders
, located on the corner of Folsom and Fifth. The bar featured live music and had a dedicated following. We have fond memories of donning our best mod mini dress and shaking our stuff with other smartly dressed birds at the popular Brit-pop dance night, Leisure.
There was Punk Rock and Schlock Karaoke in the small back room, where things always got sweaty and drunk in the best way possible. Amateur warblers could choose from a song list that ran the gamut from 2 Live Crew to Hawkwind to Local H, but most chose rock over ballads.
We're sorry to see Annie's go, and hope that the bar's employees and proprietors land on their feet.