For The Love of Mondays


For the love of Mondays is a new special weekly party at Pops Bar brought to you by two of the bay areas most intrinsically in-the-groove folks, Nathan Ghio and Benezra Tergis aka DJ’s Om and Mobando. Spinning a vast majority of wax spanning myriad genres and featuring a host of local guest DJs, this weekly event seeks to bring new light to the darkness that is associated with the first day of the official work week.  It the start of work week for some but also the Saturday or Sunday of many of us.  So expect a mix that’s extra vibey and always listeners choice.

About your DJs:

DJ Mobando is a 3rd generation San Francisco native who comes from a large and music family. He began playing professional piano at the age of 12 and has continued to play music ranging from Salsa, Reggae, Funk and Balkan music in various groups.  He has been DJ ing for about 6 years, and loves to share music from his extensive record library.

DJ Om is a native of Berkeley CA, and is likely the most knowledgeable 45 collector you will ever come across. He loves to put the needle to the groove, and excels at finding that super jam that you always wish you could hear but never knew existed.  Expect a heavy dose of musical education in his sets.

Bring your dancing shoes!

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A great idea [Mexican cuisine]

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[via Ariel Dovas on Twitter]

Hot new look for spring: HAZMAT party in the Mission!

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SF Fire has more pics of the fun here.

Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday benefitting Carnaval


This Tuesday, come meet your neighbors and make new friends at the 40th Anniversary Carnaval San Francisco Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Party in TWENTY-ONE (21) venues in the Mission District including Pops Bar! Come enjoy live samba drummers, dancers winding their way through the party, and lively music from salsa and soca to cumbia and rumba, so don’t miss out on the fun. Wear your costumes, masks & beads and join us in celebrating Fat Tuesday in true Carnaval San Francisco style!  Pops Bar will feature DJ Bobby A from 6-10pm.

Visit the website for all details of the annual Carnaval San Francisco season!

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Sauce addiction in the Tenderloin

[via Enos]

Drama Talk & Drinks: Reel to Reel – “I was even a little heartbroken at the end”

It’s been quite a while since we’ve made the trek to Fort Mason to see a show at Magic Theatre. When we got notice about the world premiere of John Kolvenbach’s new play Reel to Reel “the story of a fifty-five-year marriage as told through the mundane sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, and household noises” we were intrigued, so we headed to the Marina for a night of drama talk and drinks.

Andrew Pastides as Walter and Zoë Winters as Maggie. Photo by Julie Haber

Andrew Pastides as Walter and Zoë Winters as Maggie. Photo by Julie Haber

K: I really loved it. I don’t know if it’s partially because I’m about to get married, so this look at what happens when two people build a life together felt particularly poignant, but it definitely struck a chord. Both in the way it explored the idea of how no one can truly understand someone else’s relationship, but also in touching on the scary idea of what happens when you lose the person with whom you’ve built your life.

B: It was a really heartwarming show. In the final monologue the older Walter (Will Marchetti) talks about these mundane moments which are what made their life together so beautiful, and that’s really what this play is about. These precious innocuous details of everyday life that make up a relationship.

K: They did a beautiful job developing the relationship between the two characters.  I felt very invested. I was almost on the edge of my seat, which is weird since in so many ways it’s a very simple show. It speaks to how well it was written and acted. I was just intrigued.

B: I feel exactly the same way.  If you told me what this play was about – we get to watch the lives of two people with a relatively normal life grow in their relationship over a fifty five year period – I would think it is going to be a fairly dull play. But it wasn’t at all.

K: The humanness of story was so interesting. It was also really well cast. The younger and older version of each character looked like they could be the same person. They also did a good job having consistent physicality and mannerisms. Everyone created such deep characters that they were able to make simple interactions complex. It was interesting, endearing, sad and funny. I was even a little heartbroken at the end.

B: I got teary eyed too. I also appreciated that they did a lot of interesting technical things for such a simple play. The way they used recordings and did live foley effects on stage while playing multiple characters was innovative without being in your face.  Getting to see all those tiny pieces of their life together, and the way they amplified them by amplifying the various sounds of their relationship, made it a really rich story.

The Verdict: Go see it! It would be a perfect Valentine’s date if you’re into kind of thing. Either way it’s generally a very well acted and heartwarming show about love and relationships.

The Drama Talk: It’s always fun when theater pushes you to take particular notice of a sense. John Kolvenbach’s Reel to Reel asks audiences to reflect on simple sounds, and in doing so creates a rich auditory experience that pulls viewers into a more intimate understanding of the life and relationship of Walter and Maggie. Each character is played by two actors who help the story jump around fifty five years of moments in their relationship. While the love story itself isn’t remarkable, it’s the simplicity of the story and the sounds in it that makes this play so poignant.  The cast does a great job creating detailed and intimate characters that draw you into the scene. This combined with the creative use of recordings, live foley effects, and a quick script make for a light and refreshing night at the theatre.

The Drinks: After the show we headed to one of our favorite bars in the city, that also just happens to be at Fort Mason, The Interval to chat about the show. We ordered drinks that were both classic and complex (Brittany got the Improved Calvados Cocktail and Katie got the Hacker Club – we can recommend both) and we toasted to love, sound, and a fun night of drama talk and drinks.

Reel to Reel runs through February 25th at the Magic Theater on Tuesday – Sunday nights. Tickets available through Magic’s website range from $30-$75. There are also some tickets available at the moment through Goldstar starting at $20.

My Bloody Valentine Ball


Sadderday SF is back at Pops Bar with another spectacular Valentine’s celebration! This year’s party is a formal (optional, but highly encouraged) event where they play the saddest and sappiest tunes for you and your boo. Come slow dance and pass out custom scene-themed Valentines to your friends and crushcrushcrushes all soundtracked by your favorite emo, pop-punk and post-hardcore tunes of yesterday and today!

They’ll also be crowning a King and Queen of Hearts so don’t forget to wear your red and black best ;)

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Last chance for FOB Kitchen!


(For now.) FOB Kitchen, the place we once called “The Best Restaurant in the Mission,” is leaving their perma-popup situation at Gashead Tavern on Mission Street and looking for a truly permanent space of their own (possibly not in the Mission😭)

Tomorrow night is “The Last Supper”:

It’s FOB Kitchen’s final night at Gashead Tavern and we’d love to see you there!

We’ll be opening up an hour early at 5pm and servin’ up all your favorites, so come get your FOB Kitchen fix to hold you over for a while!

Come celebrate the last few years, and toast to the future with us!

Many MANY thanks to everyone for your continued love and support!

RSVP and invite your friends!



This Sunday. It’s On. Live from Minneapolis: Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots in Super Bowl 52. Catch every single moment on Pops Bar big screens with full audio of the game. Including all the infamous commercials and Justin Timberlake doing a half time show?  No it’s not 2004, apparently 14 years is the statute of limitations on one of the most notorious live performances ever.  Watch out for those wardrobe malfunctions and enjoy Pops Bar famous happy hour till 7pm!

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Extra Classic

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Pops Bar is  excited to announce that on Saturday Jan 27th, Mummy Club will throw their ”Afterlife” Record Release Party followed by the return of Extra Classic.  Throughout the mid 2000s, Extra Classic was the undisputed go to event for a diverse range of classic hip-hop genres and a loose house party vibe. 2018 sees this sleeping giant reawaken for one night only as event co-founders and veteran music producers celebrate their upcoming record release, Mummy Club “Afterlife” from 8-9pm. Copies of the new album available on vinyl and special limited edition tape! DJs Marz (Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters), L.O.C (Almighty DJs), and special guests play classic Bay Area, Dirty South. and Golden era hip-hop from 9-2am. Free all night. Early arrival is recommended as this party is sure to reach full capacity!

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