Cruising is alive and well in gay San Francisco. The city is by far the most creative city in the country when it comes to cruising and alternative fetish communities. September’s Folsom Street Fair exemplifies San Francisco's open-minded, adventurous and free-loving community.
Because so much cruising happens elsewhere, gay saunas in San Francisco are few and far between, though a handful of sex clubs and devious bars offer the same end result, without the steam. Bars like The Eagle and Powerhouse provide sexualized environments and dark spaces that are ripe for cruising.
Saunas and sex clubs
Inside a city of cruising possibilities Eros is the lone bathhouse. The venue does not have private rooms or hot tubs but does offer non-sexual massages. Like all bathhouses, Eros is busiest when the bars close and the workday is over.
A hop, skip, and a spank away from the leather bars is Blow Buddies, a kinky sex club with a maze of glory holes. Expect thrills, not frills.
Sexy street fairs
The Folsom Street Fair is a massive leather and fetish street event that draws over 400,000 enthusiasts to its 13-city block area of the historic Folsom Street every year. It features over 200 exhibitors, has a main stage full of erotic performances, and encourages nudity. The weekend of the fair turn SF into one of the most hedonistic and sexually liberating cities in the world.
In July, another street fair called Up Your Alley is billed as Folsom’s “Dirty Little Brother”. Nearly 15,000 BDSM enthusiasts attend the festival every year, but be warned, this festival prides itself as the filthiest event in the United States!