Live Nation SF’s ABC Lesson

California’s bureau of Alcoholic Beverage Control has already been accused of declaring a “war on fun” on San Francisco nightclubs, but its most recent shot over the bow comes at the expense of Live Nation and the city’s Masonic Auditorium for a touring show.

Live Nation was told by the ABC it couldn’t sell liquor at a March 12 Chelsea Handler gig at the venue that LN is attempting to win a long-term lease to operate, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Considering Handler is the author of the book “Hello Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea,” the edict is not without irony.

An ABC spokesman told the paper that permission to sell alcohol is typically granted if local police approve. It wasn’t known if that was the case for the Handler show, and decisions are still pending for upcoming shows at the Masonic including concerts with Jeff Beck (April 16) and Conan O’Brien (April 22-23).

The shows are reportedly sold out, and it’s too late to move them should approval be denied. If the ABC does deny the permits, the shows would have to go on alcohol-free.

The Nob Hill Masonic’s neighbors wouldn’t mind if that is the case. They’ve been waging a pitched battle against Live Nation and increased concerts at the venue since the promoter announced it intended to upgrade the facility for more concerts as it pursued a long-term lease with the Masons of California.