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Closure of Embarcadero restaurant and whiskey bar Charles Phan

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Hard Water, at Pier 3 in San Francisco, has closed.

Lisa O. via Yelp

The Slanted Door Group Hard Water restaurant and whiskey bar has closed permanently after nearly 10 years on the San Francisco waterfront. The Charles Phan-owned establishment announced the news on Instagram on Monday.

“Hard Water was born with the goal of the bar being a place where you can take your best friend for a drink you know they’ll remember for a lifetime,” the post reads. “That’s exactly what we did in sourcing America’s finest and rarest whiskey. Hard Water is now permanently closed. It’s been a pleasure. Well done.”

The development comes after the San Francisco Business Times reported in March that Hard Water had received an eviction notice from its Pier 3 landlord. The landlord was seeking alleged overdue rent of $424,535.27 plus attorney fees. , according to the file.

On April 25, the owner of Pier 3 filed a petition in San Francisco Superior Court to dismiss the lawsuit – so Hard Water was not officially evicted. The Slanted Door Group did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.


The Embarcadero whiskey bar opened in 2013, a collaboration between Phan and architect Olle Lundberg. The bar served over 400 types of whiskey as well as oysters, fried chicken and other New Orleans-inspired dishes. However, it has not been open since the pandemic closed restaurants in March 2020.

Phan’s flagship restaurant, The Slanted Door, is set to reopen this fall in its newly renovated Ferry Building space. Phan also plans to open a new restaurant in Marin called Moonset Noodle Shop around the same time.