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Gay San Francisco - a hub for the alternative, the creative & the adventurous
Home to a vibrant gay and lesbian community and to a vast array of non-profit organizations supporting LGBT political and cultural movements, San Francisco has been crowned the gay capital of the United States for a reason.
A gay Mecca par excellence, the city is packed with numerous bars and clubs offering everything from drag shows, costumes parties, themed nights, and wild dancing. According to recent population demographics, 1 in 6 people in San Francisco is gay, so blending in won’t be a problem.
Being the gayest city in all land is only natural that you will find hundreds of gay-related things to do in San Francisco. Gay-friendly bars, restaurants, shops, spas, and hotels are scattered throughout every corner of the city for you to take your pick and enjoy. Head to Castro neighborhood, the gay epicenter of San Francisco where you will find everything from restaurants to wellness centers, spas and gay clubs. While there, pay a visit to Castro Theater, famous for its plays and its sing-along nights.
Besides the overwhelming number of bars and nightclubs, San Francisco is also known for its thriving cultural life. Whether you want to visit a museum, watch a play, attend a diva dance club or have a romantic getaway with your partner, San Francisco has it all. After all, they don’t call it the city of love for nothing.
Anchor Oyster Bar
Located in Castro neighborhood, Anchor Oyster Bar has been serving fresh fish and seafood for over 30 years. Popular among both the LGBT community and the mainstream crowd, this venue is one of the most renowned oyster restaurants in the era. Make sure to get there early, as the place tends to get crowded quickly.
Aunt Charlie’s Lounge
Aunt Charlie’s Lounge has been a transgender hotspot for years now. Whether it’s the Hot Boxxx Girls, the TubeSteak Connecion, or the Dream Queens Review, there’s always something happening at this drag queen popular joint.
A new addition to the scene, BeatBox is an interesting alternative to trendy, glossy bars. Industrial design meets state-of-the-art sounding and lightening system, BeatBox is a popular place for dance parties, art installations, concerts, and other performances.
It’s all about go-go boys at stylish Beaux, a gay nightclub open seven days and nights a week. Just a few steps away from Castro Street, this new gay establishment is a must-visit.
Classier than many bars, Blackbird takes pride in its chic and sophisticated atmosphere. Specialized in creative drinks and cocktails, Blackbird is a great place for a date or to meet up with friends.
Located in the heart of Castro, The Café has been a staple of San Francisco’s night scene for years. Featuring one of the largest dance floors in town and a courtyard right in the middle of the bar, The Café is the kind of place where you could easily start and end your night without having to bar hop.
Opened in 1973, Café Flore remained one of the best places in town to grab a quick bite and enjoy a drink with friends. The cozy atmosphere, attentive stuff, and reasonably priced food and drinks are some of the things that make Café Flore a popular joint. It can get a bit crowded during weekends.
Don’t let its plain look fool you; Chow is one of the most appreciated bistros in town. Serving fresh and healthy comfort food at affordable prices, Chow is always packed by locals and tourists alike, craving a delicious meal without the fuss of stylish restaurants.
A staple of Castro gay nightlife, Churchill is a one-of-kind bar. WW2-themed, with an alternative vibe and serving cool drinks with names such as “The Homefront” and “Bees Knees”, Churchill attracts and interesting mix of people.
Formerly known as The Early Bird, The Cinch Saloon is the second oldest surviving gay bar in San Francisco. You will be greeted by a fun, casual atmosphere, with features like arcade games and Japanese games. The music is great and the crowd is extremely opened and friendly.
San Francisco’s premier transgender club, Divas holds nightly shows with something for everyone. From Talent Tuesdays to Naughty School Girls, from exotic dancers to drag show, Divas satisfies just about any taste and request.
Located in the SoMa district of San Francisco, DNA Lounge is a late night, all ages club. The club features live music, burlesque performances, private parties, and film premieres. Featuring a main room with a stage at one end and a bar at the other, a lounge and live music venue, DNA Lounge has its doors open to anyone.
At the Edge, you will find friendly bartenders, stiff cocktails, new friends, happy hours, and nightly events. It’s all right if you are not a bearded leather daddy – at the Edge everyone is welcome and everyone ends up having a good time.
When most bars close at midnight, the crowd at Endup is just getting warmer and doesn’t stop until the morning. Featuring a lounge with fireplace, a dance floor with mirrored columns, and a large open-air deck, this nightclub is one of the few that is open throughout the night and well into the next day.
For many years, Esta Noche has been San Francisco’s prime gay-Latino drag bar. You will find that the venue is more than a bar – it is a place where bumping and grinding can get pretty intense. Their drag shows events are also a must-attend.
Tucked away in the heart of Castro neighborhood, Eureka serves up classic culinary favorites with a Southern spin. They have three different dining rooms, each one with its own unique atmosphere. Get there early for a pre-dinner cocktail or aperitif.
Formerly known as Daddy’s, 440 caters to a slightly older crowd, but that doesn’t mean that go-go boys aren’t invited to the party. Check out their website for weekly and monthly special events.
Harvey’s is a place that carries on the legacy of Harvey Milk. The man known as "The Mayor of Castro Street" wasn't only the first "out" American politician, but he was also a merchant. His humble camera shop on Castro Street was known for good service and fair prices. Harvey also made it a point to get to know his customers, and that's the way they do it at Harvey's.
Opened in 2012, Hi Tops is San Francisco’s first gay sports bar. The bar serves lunch, dinner, and a late-night menu that has drinks named in honor of local athletes. Filled with a mix of old and young, Hi Tops is a great place to grab a bear and watch the Giants game.
Lesbians, lezzy, gays, and queer people alike gather at Lexington Club. A friendly neighborhood dyke bar, Lexington is a great stop on a night out any day of the week. The drinks are cheap and the crowd is fun and friendly.
San Francisco manages to satisfy every taste and need – from leather daddy joints to sports bars and go-go boys/girls trendy venues, there is something for everyone. So, what’s the best gay hot spot in San Francisco?