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San Francisco is at the heart of gay culture, with the famous Castro perhaps one of the USA’s most important gay destinations. San Francisco has one of the largest LGBT communities in the world.

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San Francisco Gay Bars

A roundup of the best gay bars in The Castro and beyond.

San Francisco Gay Saunas

For those looking for a passionate soaking or just a quick dip.

LGBT Rights in USA

Homosexual activityLegal Since 2003
Same-sex marriageLegal Since 2015
LGBT discriminationIllegal in some contexts Since 2011
Equal age of consentvaries Since

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Walk to gay bars. In The Castro. Budget choice.

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San Francisco is perhaps one of the most famous gay cities on the planet with an incredible gay scene and a lot of gay history. The Castro became America’s first and most iconic gayborhood.

Following the Stonewall uprising in New York and the first Pride march, the Castro was the headquarters of the gay liberation movement. San Francisco is also famous for being the home of Harvey Milk. Milk campaigned for gay rights at a time when attitudes towards gay people were deeply hostile.

Today the Castro still has a lot of gay bars that are perfect place to start when exploring San Francisco’s gay nightlife.

Gay Parties & Events in San Francisco Today

Ladies' Night Dance Party

 | Q Bar

Comedy Open Mic

 | Club OMG

$2 Beer All Day and All Night

 | 440 Castro

Thrift Shop Tuesdays - drinks specials

 | The EDGE

Sing for Your Life Karaoke

 | The STUD

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Home to the USA’s longest-running queer burlesque show, The STUD has played host to many LGBT...

Powerhouse San Francisco Bar California


SoMa’s biggest, best-known gay cruise club, with a 50-year legacy of servicing the leather,...

Q Bar

Located in the heart of San Francisco’s Castro district, Q Bar is a gay club and popular...

440 Castro

Bear-popular gay bar in San Francisco’s gay district. 440 Castro hosts regular events...

Oasis San Francisco


Co-owned by drag legends Heklina and D’Arcy Drollinger, former gay bathhouse turned drag bar...

Midnight Sun

Gay video bar & lounge in the heart of The Castro. Midnight Sun has been serving the San...

Club OMG

Gay nightclub in downtown San Francisco. OMG has a full bar with nicely-lit dome roof and dance...

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