“Chasers is the new Scolari’s,” singer Vv Morgue says of the North Park bar. “Scolari’s no longer has bands, so their crew all moved on over to Chasers to pick up the pieces.”
Last year, Morgue posted notices online telling locals, “Fuck Chasers” and “Never go to Chasers” after witnessing what she called a “skinhead brawl” during a Ghost Ship concert.
“So when I heard Chasers was being taken over by the Scolari’s group, I was still apprehensive. But I’ve had several friends play the new Chasers, and they say it’s better than Scolari’s because they have more room and a stage.”
Former Scolari’s booker and bartender T-Bone – now at Chasers – says, “I’m kinda surprised at how Scolari’s is long gone. Donny has worked out a deal with the owner of Chasers to become the new bar manager. As of right now, we also have Chris James, Chandra, [and] all the nighttime bartenders and doormen from Scolari’s working at Chasers. We know Chasers has a bad rep.… Only one nighttime bartender from Chasers remains, and she only works on Monday nights, and she’s actually very nice.”
Recent Yelp posts about the “new” Chasers are mixed. Lol L. says, “Bad neighborhood.… Lots of shady folk, some pimps and hoes wandering around.”
According to Nichole S., “I don’t like one of the bartenders, and I don’t like the bros that always flock to me for some reason.… I don’t like how I left with some random creeper hipster boy the other night, when I was too drunk to know the difference.”
Sebastian Ulloa of Batwings posted, “[Chasers] is even scummier with even more shady regulars than Scolari’s, but it’s still my best guess for a replacement [venue]. They’ve got a great layout, so that the strictly sit-down-and-drink contingent can still see what’s going on onstage, without necessarily having to be as bothered by it if they don’t want to be.”
The old MySpace page for Scolari’s was recently renamed “Scolari’s is now Chasers.” “Scolari’s was an amazing place that I will miss dearly,” says T-Bone of the club that opened in August 1983. “It had its downsides and drawbacks, but it touched a lot of lives.”
Batwings appears at Chasers tomorrow, May 9; Vv Morgue performs on Friday, May 16.
– Jay Allen Sanford