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Gay San Francisco

San Francisco Gay Bars & Clubs

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This city surrounded by water is also infused with libations. Not surprisingly, the historic Castro neighborhood is home to most of the gay bars San Francisco has to offer. SoMa, meanwhile, hosts more alternative gay crowds and fetish-loving communities.  
Bar-wise, Badlands serves wonderful drink specials while techno, disco, and 80s dance music bumps over the stereo system, transforming a civile happy hour into a sweaty dance pit!

Clubbin' in the Castro

For beers, beards, and all kinds of scruff, 440 Castro offers mature men in their 30s, 40s, and older (as well as those who want to be in their company) a riotous space to let loose in on regular underwear nights.

At The Café, a mixed crowd of men and women get down beneath strobes and spotlights. This is San Francisco’s clubbiest gay bar. Meanwhile, Moby Dick is a classic Castro neighborhood dive bar that's been around since the 1980s and has a more relaxed environment, with pinball, pool and conversation.

Take flight at The Eagle

For the true San Francisco experience, no self-respecting gay man could visit the city without at least stopping by The Eagle. The bar draws a mixed crowd of men and women of all types who enjoy the large heated patio, drag shows, and never ending debauchery.

Another SF staple is Powerhouse, located in SoMa. When they say anything goes here, they really mean it. The bar plays house music while patrons dance with their shirts off; it's arguably the most popular gay bar in San Francisco.

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