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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Another North Beach Brawl Erupts Into Gunfire

Posted By on Wed, Feb 18, 2009 at 7:00 AM

  • Louis Martin via Yelp

As the Chron's Seth Rosenfield blogged yesterday, the already-violence-prone North Beach nightclub scene---aka "Drunken Brawl Central"--took another ding on its sullied rep Monday morning when an underage San Franciscan shot a 21 year-old Oaklander in the abdomen outside L'Amour nightclub. Both the SF Entertainment Commission and the SFPD are looking into the fracas, including whether the juvenile gunman was allowed entry to the club before the shooting, which took place at 1:30 a.m.

The news of yet another North Beach dust-up shouldn't come as a shock to anyone. Other than thug-lifers, tourists, and first-time strip club visitors, most reputable hipsters wouldn't be caught dead there. What is amusing, however, are L'Amour's Yelp reviews, which suggest that getting shot in the abdomen is about what you should expect from a club alternately described as "the best Karaoke whore house I've ever been to" and an "undergound dank bar in Chinatown....filled with dirty couches, cheap, shitty beer and booze, hookers, cigarette smoke, and old Asian men singing Celine Dion songs..." Interestingly, while situated at Jackson and Columbus Sts., which technically abuts both North Beach and Chinatown, Yelp lists the club as being in the Financial District. Now that the heat's on for this formerly-incognito grotto of sleazy sin, what it's really in is hot water.

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