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San Francisco Gay Bars

San Francisco’s gay scene is one of the world’s most prominent. Many gay bars are located in The Castro, one of the first gay neighbourhoods in the USA.

in The Castro

MIX
MIX

4086 18th Street, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 431 8616 |

weekday: 07:00 - 02:00

weekend: 07:00 - 02:00

MIX is ‘the neighborhood’ gay bar in The Castro, welcoming gays, lesbians and friends since 2000.

The bar is known for cheap cocktails, laid-back vibe. There’s a pool table, outdoor patio and  internet jukebox so you can play your favourite songs.

features: bar, music | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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Twin Peaks Tavern
Twin Peaks Tavern

401 Castro Street, San Francisco | map

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weekday: 10:00 - 02:00

weekend: 08:00 - 02:00

One of the first gay bars in San Francisco (and in the US), Twin Peaks Taverna has laid-back vibe and friendly staff –  great place for socialising and meeting friends.

This SF gay bar describes itself as the “Gateway to The Castro’ due to its prime location, right under the iconic rainbow arrow on the corner of Market Street and Castro.

features: bar, music | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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440 Castro
440 Castro

440 Castro St, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 621 8732 |

weekday: 12:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

440 Castro

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TODAY Underwear Night

TOMORROW $2 Beer All Day and All Night

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Bear-popular gay bar in San Francisco’s gay district. 440 Castro hosts regular events including Underwear Night and ‘Battle of the Bulges.

The bar gets busiest on the weekends, attracting men of various ages. Drinks are strong and reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is one of the friendliest in the city. 21+ only.

features: bar, dancing, music | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun

4067 18th St, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 861 4186 |

weekday: 14:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

Gay video bar & lounge in the heart of The Castro. Midnight Sun has been serving the San Francisco gay community  for 40+ years.

“The Sun” was recently remodelled with a new street-facing terrace and stage. Weekly themed nights include RuPaul’s Drag Race Viewing on Mondays, karaoke on Wednesdays, sexy go-go dancers on Friday and Saturday nights.

Voted best ‘Happy Hour in SF’ – two-for-one everything until 9pm daily.

features: bar, music, drag shows, karaoke | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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The EDGE
The EDGE

4149 18th St, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 863 4027 |

weekday: 13:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

The EDGE

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TODAY Musical Mondays - VJ & show tunes

TOMORROW Thrift Shop Tuesdays - drinks specials

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The Castro’s long-running gay neighbourhood bar for over 20 years. The EDGE is known for its friendly staff, well-priced drinks, cruisey atmosphere, fun themed parties.

Everyone is welcome here. Check The EDGE’s website for details about their weekly events, drink deals and more.

features: bar, music, dancing. | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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Mission Street / SoMa

The Lone Star Saloon
The Lone Star Saloon

1354 Harrison St, San Francisco | map

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weekday: 16:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

Gay bar in San Francisco since 1989. The Lone Star Saloon has a rich history of humble beginnings, wreckage and a monumental rebirth.

Its recognisable logo has become somewhat of a cult bear icon. Owned by two of its former bartenders, Bruce and Charlie, The Lone Star continues to serve the local gay community – popular with gay bears and bikers.

features: bar, music, dancing | gay-owned | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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The STUD
The STUD
The STUD
The STUD
The STUD
The STUD

399 9th St, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 863 6623 |

weekday: 17:00 - 02:00

weekend: 17:00 - 04:00

The STUD

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TOMORROW Sing for Your Life Karaoke

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Home to the USA’s longest-running queer burlesque show, The STUD has played host to many LGBT celebrities for 50+ years.

Located in SoMa district, this kitschy dive bar is great to enjoy a drink, sing karaoke or watch one of their famous off-beat drag shows.

features: bar, music, karaoke, burlesque, live music | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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El Rio
El Rio

3158 Mission St, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 282 3325 |

weekday: 13:00 - 02:00

weekend: 13:00 - 02:00

Lively gay bar in Mission District. El Rio has been serving the Bay Area’s LGBTQI+ community since 1978.

El Rio features burlesque beauties, drag queens, live music and is known friendly atmosphere and affordable drinks.

features: bar, music, dancing, live music, drag shows | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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SF Eagle
SF Eagle
SF Eagle
SF Eagle
SF Eagle
SF Eagle

398 12th St, San Francisco | map

weekday: 14:00 - 02:00

weekend: 12:00 - 02:00

The San Francisco Eagle is one of the most legendary and iconic of its breed, set in the SoMa leather district.

The Eagle welcomes everyone, from leather-clad bears and bikers, to the infamous San Fran twinks and rocking lesbians.

There’s a weekly Sunday beer bust for $12 and a huge outdoor seating area at the back.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 04-Sep-2018

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The Cinch Saloon
The Cinch Saloon
The Cinch Saloon
The Cinch Saloon
The Cinch Saloon
The Cinch Saloon

1723 Polk St, San Francisco | map

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+1 4157 764 162 |

weekday: 09:00-02:00

weekend: 09:00-02:00

One of the few gay bars outside of SoMa and The Castro, The Cinch welcomes all to its friendly gay cowboy bar.

The décor inside is fun and quirky, it truly represents the San Fran culture.

There’s a pool table, drag shows on a Friday and all-night happy hour every Monday.

features: bar, music, dancing | Updated: 04-Sep-2018

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The Wild Side West
The Wild Side West

424 Cortland Ave, San Francisco | map

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+1 415 647 3099 |

weekday: 14:00 - 02:00

weekend: 14:00 - 02:00

The Wild Side West has been serving the LGBT community in the Bay Area since 1962. The lesbian-popular bar has a pool table and TV screen showing sports.

There’s a beautiful lush garden with sculptures and artworks curated by local LGBTQ+ artists. Located in Bernal Heights.

features: bar, music | gay-owned | Updated: 08-Dec-2018

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2018-12-17