The Progressive Local

Written by Chris Daly. Posted in Arts/Entertainment, Events, Politics

Published on December 28, 2010 with 7 Comments

Supervisor Chris Daly (right) and his business partner, Ted Strawser (left), will be on tap tomorrow to pour cool libations and serve scrumptious pub grub to celebrate the opening of their new bar, formerly Buck Tavern. Photos by Luke Thomas.

By Chris Daly

December 28, 2010

Tomorrow, my partner Teddy Strawser and I will be taking over operations of Buck Tavern on Market Street. We want to invite you to drop by for food and drinks and hope you consider making our public house one of your local haunts.

Since announcing our intention to purchase The Buck, I have been excited to see additional segments of our progressive community drop in. This Fall, Drinking Liberally and several other informal progressive circles have found a home at Buck Tavern, and I am committed to continuing to foster these discussions as well as many others. In addition, our public house will be committed to supporting the grassroots efforts for social and economic justice that I have been associated with in this town for nearly 2 decades.

Buck Tavern located at 1655 Market Street @ Gough.

As someone with Irish heritage, I have long been fascinated with the role of the pub in Irish culture and politics. As a progressive, I am interested in testing how well pub culture can feed and grow democratic mass movements. San Franciscans sure do take our politics seriously. But the lack of an overtly political establishment in the City is a void that needed to be filled.

Not that every conversation will be steeped in serious political discourse. In case you didn’t already get the memo, Teddy and I are as committed to fun as we are politics, and with Teddy’s chicken suit, they won’t necessarily be mutually exclusive. From pub crawls to publicize MUNI service, to fundraisers for our favorite Burning Man camps, to Pride we’ll be there. And we hope you will be too.

The Buck was opened 3 years ago by Michael Gouddou and Mark Landregan. We respect the community that they’ve built here, a compelling mix of the LGBT community with the surrounding neighborhood, and we hope to add to it. Our vision is no less ambitious than our vision for San Francisco, where people from the most diverse communities come together for good times and to take care of one another.

Chris Daly

Chris Daly is the Political Director for SEIU Local 1021, a union of over 50,000 public sector and non-profit workers. He served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 2001-2011 and owns and operates The Buck, a bar and grill on Market Street.

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  1. @Jerry. It’s business baby. Probably even serve Gavin, hopefully on a platter with a stake of holly through the hole where his heart should be.

  2. Will you serve burritos?

  3. …where (eventually) everyone will know your game and name, though they may not be able to speak it right providing the pours are stiff enough !! right h ?

  4. Walked by at 10am and the joint was shuttered! How in the hell are we going to solve the world’s problems if I can’t get a drink?

    Open early, the law allows you to serve from 6am until 2am, so use it. Patrons are not going to walk by and just slip money under the door, you know. If people ask, tell them that you cater to the fishing crowd.

    Lastly, I expect to see a sign proudly hung behind the bar informing me that my bartender and staff are UNION and members of Local 2!

    Good Luck and Happy New Year.


  6. Cheers mates, good on ya.
    Most revolutions were plotted and planned amidst the revelry and debauchery of a tavern where wenches and wisearses caroused and frollicked.
    PS. What’s the bicycle parking situation !!

  7. This is great news for us progressives, and for those of us who live right here in the ‘hood!