Gay bars, clubs, saunas and events in San Francisco

Gay bars and cafes

440 Castro

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440 Castro is a neighbourhood gay bar in the San Francisco Castro district, that’s home to locals and tourists. Daily happy hours, gogo boys and now and then a busy underwear night. Guys go here any night of the week, so not just weekends.

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440 Castro
440 Castro St
San Francisco
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QBarSF - Q Bar

QBarSF is a large gay bar in the heart of Castro. Gogo dancers, happy hours, electro pop, dance remixes.

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Q Bar
456 Castro Street
San Francisco
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Beaux

Open seven days and nights a week with a daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour and a party every night. Beaux transforms from a craft cocktail lounge by day into a full dance club with revolving themed parties at night.

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Beaux
2344 Market Street
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mon - fri15:00 - 02:00sat - sun14:00 - 02:00
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El Rio

El Rio thinks of themselves as a mix between a bar and a community centre. El Rio has two indoor spaces and an outdoor patio with heaters.
They do live (big band and acoustic) and dj music, film and art showings, comedy, drag, spoken word, jams, burlesque and fundraisers to no end.

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El Rio
3158 Mission St
San Francisco
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mon - sat13:00 - 02:00sun13:00 - 00:00
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Martuni's

This is the perfect place to come after the theatre. . .Piano bar with open mike.

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Martuni's
4 Valencia St
San Francisco
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mon - sun16:00 - 02:00
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Midnight Sun

San Francisco’s gay video bar in the heart of Castro. Different dance tunes and entertainment on the screens all night.

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Midnight Sun
4067 18th ST
San Francisco
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mon - fri14:00 - 02:00sat - sun13:00 - 02:00
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Mix

The Neighbourhood Bar in the Castro is The Mix. Come in and throw back some pitchers or cocktails, and pick out your favourite pop songs off the Internet jukebox. Our open-air back patio (with a second bar and bench seating), laid-back attitude, friendly bartenders and unpretentious patrons are well known throughout the Castro.

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Mix
4086 18th St
San Francisco
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Moby Dick

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Anchored by a 250 gallon salt-water tank above the bar and a fun and friendly staff behind it, Moby Dick is the Castro District’s most enduring neighbourhood gay bar. In the back you can find a pool table to play, or hang around.

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Moby Dick
4049 18th St
San Francisco
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mon - sun12:00 - 02:00
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Pilsner Inn

Pilsner Inn is a gay beer bar.

What they write:
Since 1980, Pilsner Inn has been entertaining and quenching the thirsts of San Francisco's gay (and straight!) community. Over the years we have maintained a deep commitment to many of our community's sports teams, including softball, bowling, pool and many more. Voted Best Beer Selection in San Francisco several years by AOL/Citysearch, we proudly boast 30 draft beer selections served ice cold from a state of the art draft system! Our full bar selection offers our cocktail drinking patrons a vast choice of liquors from around the world. Enjoy your libations while cheering on a game inside on one of two widescreen televisions or simply relax outside on our peaceful garden patio.

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Pilsner Inn
225 Church St
San Francisco
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mon - fri13:00 - 02:00sat - sun10:00 - 02:00
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The Edge

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Landmark LGBT local community bar in the historic Castro neighbourhood for over 20 years. Noted for friendly staff, cruisy ambiance, generous, well-priced drinks, & fun benefit events. Theme Nights and Events frequently.

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The Edge
4149 18th St
San Francisco
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The Mint

San Francisco's Premier Karaoke Lounge. Centrally located, the popular Market Street lounge attracts an exceptionally diverse group of the San Francisco Bay Area's top singers. The Mint also boasts the best KJ's, the best singers, and one of the largest karaoke collections in the Bay area. Despite its well deserved reputation, the crowd at The Mint is always receptive to newcomers and first-timers.

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The Mint
1942 Market St
San Francisco
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mon - sun14:30 - 02:00
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Twin Peaks

Best view of the Castro, any day, any time. Windows to watch the world go by with the unquestionably the neighbourhoods best cocktails, beers on tap, and wines by the glass. Often referred to as the gay Cheers located on the historic corner of Market and Castro under the oscillating rainbow arrow, offers regulars the comforts of home, and visitors a warm welcome to the neighbourhood and one of San Francisco's greatest assets.

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Twin Peaks
401 Castro St
San Francisco
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Gay dance clubs

SF Badlands

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San Francisco Badlands is one of the Castro's most popular locations for video/music entertainment and dancing. The dance floor features a state-of-the-art sound system, and colourful dance floor lighting with a traditional rotating mirror ball.

The front room lounge area is a great place to meet people or hang out with your friends and enjoy the music videos. Very busy all week nights, especially in weekends.

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SF Badlands
4121 18th St
San Francisco
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The Café

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Located in the heart of the Castro, The Café represents the best of the Castro gay bar and club scene, demonstrating the next generation of San Francisco entertainment. The Café finished a multi-million dollar remodel in July 2009, creating an atmosphere that can only be described as "The Café Experience."

The New Café features three bars, a massive dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system and a high-tech lighting system. Experience the massive LED panel hovering over the dance floor, outdoor LED "splashers" on the façade of the building, and internal mood lighting.

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The Café
2369 Market St
San Francisco
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thu - sat21:00 - 02:00
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The Endup

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The Endup has been and continues to be a second home for many party-goers and DJs and represents the epitome of San Francisco's diversity. Weekly theme nights. Teadance on Sunday.

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The Endup
401 6th Street
San Francisco
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The Stud Bar

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The Stud opened many years before the majority of its visitors were even born, in 1966. What you'll find going on at this rollicking SoMa club depends entirely on the night of the week. See their website what's on tonight.

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The Stud Bar
399 9th Street
San Francisco
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tue - thu17:00 - 02:00fri - sat17:00 - 04:00sun17:00 - 02:00
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Gay sauna

Eros gay sauna

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Eros is a gay sex club and sauna in The Castro. Hot steam room, showers, upstairs playrooms that boast the stuff that m4m fantasies are made of--prowl, cruise, connect, in a jungle jim-like maze of upholstered play platforms, bunk beds (like a kinky summer camp), suck platform and a sling.

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Eros gay sauna
2051 Market Street
San Francisco
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Gay cruise bars and clubs

Blow Buddies

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San Francisco's most famous sex club. As the name implies, it is oriented toward oral sex. BUDDIES provides horny guys with a physically safe, HOT environment to meat-up and get off with other guys!

Check their website for weekly and monthly theme parties, like underwear, naked, bear or leather night, .
You require a membership card ($10), so bring a Photo ID .

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Blow Buddies
933 Harrison Street
San Francisco
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Hole in the Wall Saloon

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Hole in the Wall Saloon is a small friendly neighborhood gay biker bar

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Hole in the Wall Saloon
1369 Folsom Street
San Francisco
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Lone Star Saloon

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Located on Harrison Street between 9th & 10th, the Lone Star Saloon is home to San Francisco's friendly gay Bear Community. The Lone Star was the world's first BEAR BAR. Established in 1989, the Lone Star Saloon is proud to be known as the original Bear Bar USA!

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Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison
San Francisco
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Powerhouse

Very popular cruise bar at the SoMa neighbourhood. It has a small semi-outdoor smoking area that turns into a sex room. It's the closest thing to a European-style dark room you will find in SF.

Thursdays nights are underwear night. It's not required, but a lot of guys do strip to their skivvies. There is a contest to see who is the hottest.

Smoking allowed in backyard patio (some action to be had there too)

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Powerhouse
1347 Folsom St
San Francisco
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mon - sun16:00 - 02:00
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Outdoor beaches, parks

Baker Beach

Nude beach overseeing the Bay Area with a mix of young people, older types, men, women, Bay Area residents, tourists, gays, and straights

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Baker Beach

San Francisco
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Dolores Park

Every Sunday morning, muscled gay sun worshippers gather in the South-west corner of the Dolores park, a sunny high ledge overlooking the city referred to by its visitors as "Dolores Beach". Crowded with gays, lesbians, strait people, dogs,people selling cold cuts, drugs, homelessexuals, drunks, transvestites,crack heads and lost family's.

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Dolores Park

San Francisco
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Golden Gate Bride Beach

Gay nude beach west of the city. Three adjacent rocky coves located below Fort Scott make up this postcard-like setting, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Go just west of Langdon Court, at the parking lots, across Lincoln Boulevard from Fort Winfield Scott. A trail leads down from the Lincoln area with some wooden steps and railings. Watch out for patroling State Troopers when having fun.

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Golden Gate Bride Beach

San Francisco
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Other

Harvey's

Restaurant and gay bar. Named after legendary Harvey Milk, Harvey's is a symbol of the gay community in the Castro District. Videos and live (comedy) shows frequently. Brunch till 3 in the afternoon.

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Harvey's
500 Castro St
San Francisco
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mon - fri11:00 - 22:00sat - sun09:00 - 00:00
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Gay events

Folsom Street Fair - Folsom Fair

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The Folsom Street Fair takes place during San Francisco's Leather Pride Week, eight days of leather at the end of September. This is a week's worth of intense activity, with the Folsom Street Fair being the crowning finale to a festive time!

Many bars, clubs and organizations have parties and events all during Leather Pride Week. More than 400,000 people attend this major leather event from all over the world every year

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Folsom Fair
Folsom Street between 7th and 12th Streets
San Francisco
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  • Sun 27 September 2020link icon
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Oakland Gay Pride - Oakland

On the other side of the San Francisco Bay, Oakland has its own Gay Pride parade and festival, the largest LGBTQ Pride Festival in East Bay

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Oakland
19th Street & Franklin Street
San Francisco
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  • Sun 13 September 2020link icon
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San Francisco Pride

San Francisco has got a two-day Celebration and a Parade. The Two-Day Celebration takes place at San Francisco's Civic Center area on Saturday and Sunday

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San Francisco Pride
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  • 27 - 28  Junlink icon
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Up Your Alley - Dore Ally

San Francisco gay street fair. The fair is located in San Francisco's SoMa district on Dore Alley between Folsom and Howard Streets, the adjoining block of Folsom Street between 9th and Juniper Streets and on to Tenth St.

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Dore Ally

San Francisco
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  • Sun 26 July 2020link icon11:00 - 18:00
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