Former Country-Western Gay Bar Property In SoMa Back on Market

A building that has long housed a country-music gay bar in San Francisco’s SoMa area, which a decade ago was slated for redevelopment as both a nightclub and condominium building, has returned to the market at a reduced price.

Socketsite has captured the new listing for the building at 280 7th Street, last purchased in 2016 for $4.125 million. Plans for a 20 unit condominium development in 2019 have been drawn up and approved but it appears the owners are now looking to cash out. They sell the title in good faith at a loss, listing it at $3.25 million.

The SoMa building was once home to a country-western gay bar called Rawhide 2 — the “2” came from the fact that there was already a bar called Rawhide in Los Angeles when it opened. The place was made notorious by director Paul Verhoeven as a filming location for the 1991 film primal instinctrepresentative of one of the LGBTQ bars in San Francisco, where the protagonist Michael Douglas investigated the alleged bisexual murder, Sharon Stone.

As a Facebook group Preserving LGBT Historic Sites In Northern California writes“Many LGBTQ groups protested the film’s homophobic and misogynist themes” and “On 10 the film’s first scenes were shot there.” Protests at various filming locations across San Francisco continued – some ended in arrests – until the ‘Basic Instinct’ film crew left for Los Angeles.”

Rawhide 2 lived in the space from 1982 until the early 2000s when it was sometimes used as a venue for LGBTQ nightclub events and was less popular for its country music. At that time it was still called Club Hide.

When Socketsite previously reportedthe owners of The cafe in the Castro purchased the property in 2012 and drew up plans for a new four-story building that would include a nightclub on the lower floors and two condominiums above.

Those plans were scrapped and they sold the building to the current owner in 2016.

The property is currently eligible for a six-story building with a mix of 12 one-bedroom, six two-bedroom and two three-bedroom units, plus a retail or restaurant area on the ground floor.

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