2166 Market Street has deep roots within the Upper Market LGBTQ community. In the mid-1970s, it operated as a restaurant/bar called Cardi’s, catering to San Francisco’s growing gay clientele.
In 1977, it became the Balcony, a men’s leather bar. In the mid-1980s during the notorious sex club era, it was known as The Academy. Until 2015, it was the home of Klotz Watches & Clocks. Our name is a tribute to both the history of the location and the surrounding community.