Bourbon & Branch Bar Group is opening another Speakeasy nightclub on Market Street, The Dawn Club

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This winter will see the opening of another new bar and jazz venue from Future Bars Bourbon and Brunch, Rickhouse, Pagan Idol and other cocktail spots. And it’s the revival of a legendary speakeasy converted into a legitimate nightclub of the 1930s and 40s, in the same location where the place used to be.

It is called The Dawn Club, and formerly resided, and will reside again, in the basement of the Monadnock Building, at 685 Market Street, with an entrance on the alley known as Annie Street, an alley divided from the south-west side of the Palace Hotel, where the service entrance to hotel. It opened before the Prohibition ended—say, around 1930, since such records are generally unknown—and later became known as the epicenter of the Great American Jazz Revival.

How this Stanford history site explainsThe Great Revival was the moment when young jazz musicians in San Francisco and New Orleans, just before World War II, became interested in the music of two decades ago. Unlike the swing era and other popular music of their time, they began jamming and improvising in what music historians believe is an understanding of old New Orleans jazz taken from old recordings.

Lou Waters led the Yerba Buena Jazz Band, which played regularly at The Dawn Club in the late 1930s and early 1940s, and a 1941 tabloid incident in which Waters was shot in the arm by his girlfriend’s father led to the band’s popularity. club. And there was a club also known for inviting black jazzmen from New Orleans to perform despite the segregation rules in place in the local NAF musicians’ union.

Ultimately the club suffered financial problems after the war and it was closed by early 1947.

Historic image of the Yerba Buena Jazz Band at the Dawn Club via album courtesy of Turk Murphy Collection of the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation at Stanford.

The This was reported by the SF Business Times about the return of The Dawn Club under Future Bars partner Brian Sheehy through applications submitted to the city for a new awning at 10 Annie St. Sheehy tells the paper they plan to restore The Dawn Club’s historic awning and sign to the alley — and they’re going through the Commission to save history, which can slow down the discovery process. As of August, Sheehy said they hope to open the location by the end of the year.

Historic shot, source unknown, of the entrance to The Dawn Club Alley, ca. 1941 year

The 4,000-square-foot nightclub will once again feature jazz music — some of which is believed to be New Orleans-style by way of San Francisco jazz band Yerba Buena. And longtime Future Bars bartender Jason Wilde will oversee the bar program at The Dawn Club.

This block will see a second underground bar and music venue owned by Future Bars, where the decade-old Local Edition is still under the Hearst building next door.

According to the SF Business Times, Future Bars will also open its two other locations on the Third Street side of the Hearst Building, Bar “Lark”. (formerly Dive Dave’s) and a premium liquor store Barrelalso around the corner from Monadnock, and they will soon have storefronts on Market Street.

Sheehy tells the Business Times that he hopes the revived Dawn Club will fit in with a neighborhood filled with hotels and conventions and become a recommendation for nearby concierges to visit.

We will keep you updated as we get closer to the opening of The Dawn Club.

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