The Edinburgh Castle at 950 Geary Street is now on the market with a $3.995 million price tag. In addition to the iconic bar’s building, the asking price includes the Castle’s business and liquor licenses.

And yes, the Tenderloin parcel upon which the 3,900-square-foot bar sits is zoned for development up to 80 feet in height, as touted in the marketing materials for the site.

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Save The Language

    Iconic? et tu, Sockesite?

  2. Posted by L'UrbanistaSF

    My first Fish n Chips experience in San Francisco was here in 1997.

    • Posted by Randy Wiederhold

      Do they still wrap them in old newspapers?

      • Posted by Cary

        Unfortunately, no. Korean Fish & Chips around the corner closed a while ago.

        • Posted by scurvy

          Same business just on Polk Street. It’s still Piccadilly.

  3. Posted by Notcom

    Biggest dump I’ve ever been in…IIRC the washroom sink was a hose and bucket; ‘course, judging from the pics, they’ve fixed it up quite a bit since.

    • Posted by Fishchum

      That’s part of the charm. Some of us prefer it over a mixologist preparing $16 “craft” cocktails in an environment that could pass for a dentist’s office.

      • Posted by bernie

        I prefer a happy medium, with a slight skew toward the dive scale.

    • Posted by Roy

      it supposes to be dirty. It keeps the likes of you away.

  4. Posted by Panhandle Pro

    The assumed plan — demolish and rebuild with seven stories of housing above another bar — is exactly what SF needs to do over and over again. Another institution can begin its story here, but with 100 new San Francisco residents living above it now.

    • Posted by Scott F

      Amen. We gotta look forward. How else do icons get created?

  5. Posted by Hanque

    Bonus points if the new building has trompe-l’œil crenellations.

  6. Posted by yy

    “you don’t have to go home but you can’t stay here”. But this is home.

  7. Posted by Cary

    It’d be a tough sell if condos were built. Homeless shelter is literally around the corner.

    • Posted by Scott F

      Also around the corner and down the block from the (actually iconic) Great American Music Hall, one of the city’s best karaoke spots (YamaSho), dozens of great restaurants and bars and cafes. A shelter negates all of that? No way (and besides, it’s better than rough sleeping on the sidewalk.) Plenty of people would love to live here.

      • Posted by Mark

        All yours then.

      • Posted by scurvy

        That stretch of Geary is still firmly Tenderloin and not Tender Nob. The lineup of [homeless] on Polk and Geary is a huge turn off.

        I really like Edinburgh Castle, and I hope that they find a new home. Many fond memories there. ?

        • Posted by Spencer

          geary is definitley TL and not TN. Tenderknob is california, pine and bush, and in a few places, sutter might count.

    • Posted by Fishchum

      Yeah, I don’t get how a homeless shelter negates everything you’ve listed. Some people just prefer Walnut Creek, I guess.

  8. Posted by Miraloma Man

    So glad I got to enjoy San Francisco when I was still reasonably young. I had many a fun evening here listening to friends’ bands. RIP Edinburgh Castle. RIP San Francisco….this town has all the charm of a Hayward vape store.

    • Posted by Ohlone Californio

      Oh come on. There are plenty of fun, earthy places left. A Hayward vape store? Not that I’ve hung out in one but no way.

  9. Posted by Philip

    Can’t wait until they turn it into a pretentious, expensive “artisinal” “local” etc. dump full of drunk techies and squealing bachelorettes, then will close in a year.

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