Mad Dog in the Fog to close in the Lower Haight

Photo: Mad Dog in the Fog/Yelp
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on March 06, 2020.

Mad Dog in the Fog will shutter after over three decades of business in the Lower Haight at 530 Haight St. Owner Cyril Hackett posted an announcement about the closure in a post on Facebook yesterday:

“Having served San Francisco and The Lower Haight for more than 30 years, The Mad Dog In The Fog is taking a nap. We will return louder and more wicked at a new location. Thank you for your support, it has been our privilege serving you,” the post said.

Mad Dog has a long history in the Lower Haight. It was the place to go if you wanted to watch soccer while drinking a pint, and was well known for its quiz nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays hosted by Peter Malone, a tradition for over two decades.

Some quiz night winners in 2017. | Mad Dog in the Fog/Facebook

A popular neighborhood sports bar and pub, it was also visited by the Golden State Warrior’s Klay Thompson in 2016, where he sat without too much hubbub before going to O’Looney’s Market and stopping to take selfies with locals and fans.

Klay Thompson with Mike Burt, doorman at Toronado and Lower Haight resident. | Photo: Courtesy of Mike Burt

Last February, Mad Dog temporarily closed due to a seismic retrofit alongside a few other Lower Haight businesses. Signs on the window encouraged soccer fans and attendees of its quiz night to go to neighboring sister bar Nickies (466 Haight St.), which hosted the events during the interim.

The pub's Facebook post encourages fans of its popular quiz nights and sports packages to go to its sister bar Kezar Pub at 770 Stanyan St. in Cole Valley, where its staff will continue to keep those events running after its closure. The first Quiz Night at Kezar Pub is scheduled for March 10.

We’ve reached out to its owner for more details about the closure but haven’t heard back. We will provide updates as we receive them.

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Potrero Hill

A slice of Google’s $1 billion affordable housing initiative lands in Potrero Hill

Five current or under-construction affordable housing projects in Potrero Hill just got a major boost from Google’s billion-dollar housing effort. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco North Beach

Tosca Cafe reopens parklet, indoor dining to come

102-year-old Tosca Cafe (242 Columbus Ave.) is coming alive yet again in North Beach, after a too-brief rebirth last year, and following its much bemoaned 2019 closure. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Mission

Castro's long-troubled 7-Eleven closes permanently

The 7-Eleven convenience store at 3998 18th St. (at Noe St.) has permanently closed, and Hoodline has learned its last day in business was Thursday, March 4. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Financial District North Beach

Used bookstore 34 Trinity Arts & News gets long-term lease in the FiDi

A volunteer-run used bookstore in the Financial District, run out of some window alcoves near Bush and Montgomery, has a more secure future after signing a 10-year lease. Read More