gaypocket san francisco

Here's a sample of the listings you can find in the latest issue of gaypocket San Francisco. Sample listings include local San Francisco businesses in the Castro, Haight, Polk, SOMA, and Downtown neighborhoods as well as nearby areas like the Russian River and even Hawaii and Internet listings!

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2.Adult Theatres/Bath Houses/Sex Clubs
13.Tours / Sites


San Francisco

Hotel Abri
127 Ellis Street
This hip, urban oasis in Union Square features sleek, modern décor complemented by contemporary art and state-of-the-art amenities. Check out our ad for info on our special "Friends of Dorothy" rate.
Hotel Carlton
1075 Sutter St. @ Larkin St.
Hotel: 1.415.673.0242
Reservations: 1.800.922.7586
Green Business, Pet Friendly, 100% Non-smoking. Hotel Carlton can best be described as "international vintage," featuring eclectic and exotic touches from around the world that celebrate the joy of travel.
Find a gay-friendly place to stay. Rent from one of our 5,000 hosts in 65 countries. Or–pay for your next vacation by renting out your room or apartment during your absence.
Parker Guest House
520 Church St.
(@ 17th Street)
"San Francisco's Premier Gay Guest House" has received top mention in OUT & ABOUT, Damron Guides, and Fodors Gay Guide. The #1 choice for both business and leisure travelers, offering concierge, extensive public rooms, breakfast, private baths, on-site parking, gardens and steam spa.
The Willows Inn
710 14th St. near Market
Comfort, location and amenities (like cable TV, VCR, mini-fridge, direct dial phone, data port, wireless broadband internet and kimono robes) define The Willows Inn experience. Expanded continental breakfast, off-street parking and more.


Check out the Provincetown Business Guild's website to get info on the ultimate GLBT vacation destination and special events like Carnival–the height of Ptown's summer celebration and Holly Folly–the world's only LGBT holiday festival.

Puerto Vallarta

PVRPV Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta Rentals Premier Vacations offers the largest selection of condos, homes, villas and accommodations for your vacation, holiday, seasonal or long-term needs. Mention GayPocket to receive a free VIP airport pick up, contact for more information.
PV Penthouse
Experience Puerto Vallarta in this fabulous beach front, penthouse rental property—just steps away from the gay beach in Old Town. Features include spacious living/dining room; two bedrooms; two and half bathrooms; state of the art kitchen and stunning views from wraparound balconies. Mention GayPocket for a special offer!
Villa Balboa
This 12,000 square foot villa in Puerto Vallarta features spectacular oceanfront views, authentic cultural excursions, private cinema and an onsite spa experience. Villa Balboa is fully staffed including a private chef, English-speaking concierge, waiter and chamber maids.

Russian River

The Russian River is the West Coast's favorite LGBT playground. This string of offbeat river villages attracts thousands of LGBT visitors every year for a wide range of activities and fun. Check out our site to find out why you'll love it!
The Woods Resort
16484 4th St.
Guerneville, CA
The perfect answer for a relaxing, rejuvenating and (perhaps) slightly "spirited" escape to the Russian River. Walk to shops, restaurants, dancing and live entertainment. Cottages, free-standing guest cabins and multi-room suites with full kitchens, gas fireplaces, private balconies, stunning views and large pool. Clothing optional.

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Adult Theatres/Bath Houses/Sex Clubs

442 Natoma
442 Natoma btwn 5th & 6th Streets
Check out 442 every week for great sex parties; including Fetish Fridays, Ritual, CumUnion and Naked Mondays. See website/Facebook for times and event details.
Blow Buddies
933 Harrison St.
(near 6th St.)
Hundreds of hot guys visit us each night. Cum see why! Parties ever Thurs.-Sun. Leather, bondage, underwear and wet events on selected Tues. and Wed. (call or visit our website for details).
2051 Market near Church
European steam room, dry sauna, showers, workout room, upstairs maze, and smoking patio. Free Wi-Fi in the lounge and safe-sex supplies in play areas. Professional massage available, walk-ins welcome. Check our website for theme nights, workshops, and special events. Open daily at Noon. Closes at Midnight Sun–Thu, 3am on Fri & Sat (doors lock one hour before closing).
Nob Hill Adult Theatre
729 Bush St.
(@ Powell St.)
Famous Since the Day We Opened–Come In and Touch Our Junk! All Nude Erotic Stage Shows. Porn Star Sex Shows. Video Arcade with 100 Digital Channels. Playroom. XXX Adult Retail Store. Friendly, Clean, Safe Environment. Open Sun–Thu 11:30am-12am, Fri & Sat 11:30am–1:30am.
Steamworks Bathhouse
2107 4th St.
Berkeley, CA
The Bay Area’s most popular men’s only gym/bathhouse. Public play areas and private rooms not available at any SF sex club. Always open. 24/7, 365 days a year. 18 and over only.

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Geary Theatre
415 Geary St.
(@ Mason St.)
Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) is one of the nation’s leading resident professional theaters. “OUT with A.C.T.” features special performances with receptions for the GLBT Community. Call or click for schedule.
Antique Vibrator Museum
@ Good Vibrations
1620 Polk St. near Sacramento St.
The weird and wonderful history of the vibrator in a fascinating display showcasing collectibles from the 1800s and onward. This impressive collection tells a fascinating story of history, health and sexuality. Open every day 12:30pm–6:30pm, (Thu 12:30pm–8:30pm).
Beach Blanket Babylon
Club Fugazi
678 Beach Blanket Blvd.
(Formerly Green St.)
Beach Blanket Babylon is San Francisco’s hilarious pop culture musical revue! Celebrating more than 16,000 performances and seen by over six million people from around the world, this internationally acclaimed production continues to delight audiences at Club Fugazi in North Beach with its spectacular costumes and outrageously gigantic hats!
Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St.
Berkeley, CA
The Bay Area’s other flagship regional theatre. Features Night OUT at Berkeley Rep, special performances with receptions for the GLBT community. Call or click for schedule.
Carolyn Quan Fine Art Photo Collage Artist
Carolyn Quan is an Internationally Collected Fine Artist whose work is also held in the permanent art collection of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction. Check out the Websites for her work (including the popular Manpillows) and show schedules.
Visit four great SF attractions, save time and money! For $86 (Save 46%) enjoy a 7-Day Unlimited-use Cable Car & Muni Transportation Passport, California Academy of Sciences, Blue & Gold Fleet Bay Cruise Adventure, and your choice of Aquarium of the Bay or Monterey Bay Aquarium, and the Exploratorium or the de Young Museum + Legion of Honor. Available for purchase online, at the venues mentioned and the TIX Booth in Union Square. Call or click for more info.
The Curran Theater
445 Geary St
The Curran Theater welcomes you to #CURRAN2018: a full season of jaw-dropping entertainment and artistry that offers four new works by some of the world’s most celebrated theater artists. Four-show subscription packages are priced as low as $116, and are the only way to get guaranteed access to Tony Award® winner for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen -- plus brand new musicals Head Over Heels,Taylor Mac's Holiday Sauce and Soft Power. To purchase, or for more info, call or visit our website.
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De Young Museum
Golden Gate Park, on the Concourse
The most exciting new venue for art from around the world. More than 25,000 works—from classic American paintings to powerful African sculpture are integrated with stunning architecture and delightfully landscaped parks.
GLBT History Museum
4127 18th St. near Castro St.
The GLBT History Museum features the Queer Past Becomes Present, an ongoing exhibition in its main gallery, and regularly changing exhibitions in its other galleries. On display are rare materials from the archives of the GLBT Historical Society, one of the world’s preeminent collections of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender history. Open Mon, Wed–Sat 11am–6pm, Sun noon–5pm, Closed Tue. Admission: $5 (general); $3 (CA students); members: free; first Wed of every month: free for all visitors.
James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin St. @ Civic Center
The James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center is the gateway to the Library's collections documenting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered history and culture. In addition to books, periodical and archival collections, the Center sponsors regularly changing exhibitions and a wide range of public programs. Call or click for hours and events.
Leanne Borghesi @ Feinstein's at the Nikko
222 Mason St. / 866.663.1063
The sumptuously talented Leanne Borghesi returns to Feinstein’s at the Nikko (Aug 3, 8pm) with an all new show “What Is This SWING Called L-O-V-E?” Under the direction of Nicolas Minas, this flamboyant Chanteuse journeys through the ups & downs of love with an array of snazzy & jazzy favorites and standards of the swing & jazz era played by the extraordinary musical stylings of the infamous Roger Glenn Trio with Amanda Wu on bass. "The sold-out crowd, hungry for a Borghesi feast, ate her up."– Cabaret Scenes
Legion of Honor (Museum)
34th Ave. & Clement St.
Lincoln Park
Bay-side museum featuring 4,000 years of Ancient to Modern Art and works by Rembrandt, Rodin, Monet and Picasso. Call or click for current special exhibits.
Madame Tussauds
145 Jefferson St. @ Mason St.
Fisherman's Wharf's newest attraction! Experience the World Famous Madame Tussauds from London! No ropes or barriers – get close to your favorite stars! Open Sun 10am–9pm, Mon–Thu 10am-8pm, Fri & Sat 10am–10pm.
Megabytes! The Musical
@ The Selton Theatre
533 Sutter St
Megabytes! The Musical is an original musical revue written and directed by Morris Bobrow (Shopping! The Musical, Foodies! The Musical). The show takes a humorous look at how we navigate technology in our lives. It’s about the frustrations, anxieties, annoyances…and occasional joys we encounter as we all struggle to cope with the quotidian challenges created by technology. Now playing Fri & Sat nights at 8pm.
New Conservatory Theatre Center
Lower Lobby
25 Van Ness (near Market St.)
Established in 1981, NCTC champions innovative high-quality productions and educational theater experiences for youth, artists, and the queer and allied communities. Conservatory provides acting and singing classes for adults and active seniors. Join us for our last Pride Season show of the season: It's Only A Play by Terrance McNalley (Mar 2–Apr 1).

298 11th St. @Folsom
Oasis is a theater / cabaret / nightclub featuring the best of gay culture and an unforgettable SF nightlife experience. Check our website for specific information.
The San Francisco Dungeon

145 Jefferson St. @ Mason St.
The San Francisco Dungeon is a thrill-filled journey through San Francisco's murky past. Sixty minutes of laughs, scares, theatre, shocks, special effects, characters, jokes, mazes and storytelling. 50% off tickets with promo code: pocket. Open Sun 11:30am–9pm, Mon–Thu 11:30am–8pm, Fri & Sat 11:30am–10pm.
San Francisco Zoo

Sloat Blvd. @ The Great Highway
San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is open 365 days a year with more than 1,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals. Come see our newest animals in modern exhibits - Mexican gray wolves and Coquerel’s sifaka! Learn how SF Zoo is helping conservation efforts in the wild!
SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band
The world’s first openly GLBT music organization! Produces the Dance-Along Nutcracker™ each holiday season. Call or click for more information and current performance schedule.
SF Gay Mens Chorus
4053 18th St.
The first and world-famous Gay Mens Chorus. Call or click for schedule.
Society Cabaret
@ The Hotel Rex
562 Sutter St. near Powell St..
San Francisco's elegant and intimate cabaret room. "Everything is better at the cabaret!" Check our website for current and upcoming performances. "Society Cabaret has become the new acclaimed venue of quality performers, equally matched with excellent cocktails and food." Get $5 off tix with GayPocket guide ad at the door or at
Theatre Rhinoceros
@ Eureka Theater
215 Jackson St.
Join the world's longest ongoing and most adventurous GLBT theater company for our 40th Anniversary Season at The Gateway Theatre (formerly The Eureka Theatre) in Jackson Square! Transitions a World Premiere by John Fisher (through Mar 17) and our encore presentation of last summer's big hit musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert (May 25–July 1).
TIX Bay Area
Union Square (Powell St. side)
TIX Bay Area is a full-service cultural concierge for visitors and locals alike. At our convenient location in the heart of San Francisco’s theater district, you can find not only tickets to almost every art and cultural event in the Bay Area, but also the largest selection of discount tickets in town and experts to help you find the show for you. Open 8am-6pm seven days a week.
TodayTix is the first and only free mobile app that provides access to the best prices on last-minute theater tickets, booked same-day or within a week's time. Operating in the world's most iconic theater markets, TodayTix aims to make theater a readily available and exciting option for everyone.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
701 Mission Street (@ 3rd St)
YBCA is the Bay Area's premiere venue for adventurous contemporary art. Located in the heart of downtown SF, the Center celebrates our area's cultural diversity with dynamic visual, performing and media arts programs presented in world-class venues. Call or visit website for schedule.

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440 Castro
440 Castro St.
There's always a party at 440 Castro! The Castro's favorite levi/leather bar features nightly parties, drink specials and weekday happy hours: noon to 8 p.m. Open noon to 2 a.m. daily.
2344 Market St. near Castro St.
Beaux dance club and bar offers an LGBT nightlife experience like no other. World-class entertainment, superior lighting and visuals, and a mind-blowing sound-scape create a scene beyond compare. Open daily 2pm–2am.
Blackbird Bar
2124 Market St near Church.
Neighborhood bar with specialty cocktails, wine and craft beers. Open Mon–Fri 3pm–2am, Sat & Sun noon–2am.
Blush Wine Bar
476 Castro St @ 18th St.
Inspired by the greatest wine bars of Europe, Blush invites you to enjoy wines from all over the world, craft beers, homemade food, music & art. Amidst a cozy atmosphere, right in the heart of the Castro. Open Mon–Thu 4pm–12:30am, Fri 4pm–1:30am, Sat noon–1:30am & Sun noon–12am.
The Cinch Saloon
1723 Polk St.
Old West façade complete with cigar store Indian; colorful and busy inside. THE party bar on Polk. All holidays (plus some we made up) are festively observed. Nice, mixed clientele. Pool, pinball and smoking patio. Open Mon–Fri 9am–2am, Sat & Sun 6am–2am.
Club 1220
1220 Pine St.
Walnut Creek, CA
Check out Contra Costa's oldest gay club. Featuring country-western nights, karaoke Wednesdays and special event Sundays, including drag shows. Happy hour Sun-Fri 4pm-7pm. Open daily 4pm-2am.
Club 21
2111 Franklin Street
Oakland, CA
Club 21 is the Bay Area's #1 Latin, GLBT friendly nightclub. Check web for details.
Club BnB
2120 Broadway
Oakland, CA
Popular gay nightclub. Open daily 4:30pm–2am.
Club OMG!
43 6th St. near Market
An alternative to the Castro bars with underground house music, events and parties. Open Tue–Sun 5:30pm–2am. Closed Mon.
1081 Post Street
Transgender community hangout & bar featuring strip shows, karaoke, lounge & pool room. Open daily 2pm–4pm.
The Edge
4149 18th St.
The Edge celebrates 20 years as a popular neighborhood bar where everyone can enjoy a drink with a hot friendly bartender, listen to great music, and make new friends. Open daily noon–2am.
El Rio
3158 Mission St.
Friendly, casual international bar with large tropical patio. Outgoing, Fellini-like crowd and staff. Cheap drinks, entertainment, mixed sexualities and overall fun place. Call for daily event schedule. Open Mon.-Thu. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Fri.-Sun. 3 p.m.-2 a.m.
Encore Karaoke Lounge
1550 California St., 2nd Floor
Mixed. Karaoke. Video games. The San Francisco destination for karaoke 7 days a week. Find us on Facebook. Open daily 3pm–2am. Karaoke begins at 8pm Mon–Thu, 5pm Fri, 4pm Sat & Sun.
The Endup
401 6th St. @ Harrison
The legendary Endup is the home of the city's longest ongoing T Dance every Sun (6am-8pm) & much more. Check the web site for other events.
86 Hardie Place @ Kearny St.
Downtown's gay dive bar is back, in the space beneath Rickhouse with entrance on Hardie Place. Great drinks, pool table, dj's and drag shows. Open Tue & Wed 5pm–12pm, Thu–Sat 5pm–1:30am.
500 Castro St.
At Harvey's in the "Heart of the Castro", enjoy gay memorabilia, great food from opening until midnight and various event nights. Great view, atmosphere and service. Open Mon–Fri 11am–2am, weekends 9am–2am.
Hi Tops
2247 Market St. (btwn Noe and Sanchez)
San Francisco's only gay sports bar is also the Castro's busiest bar! A full kitchen serves great ballpark food every day until 10pm, happy hour specials are every weekday from 11:30am–7pm, there's free shuffleboard, and the hottest crowd in the Castro. 25 flat screen TVs and 1 huge monitor make it the perfect spot to watch all sporting events, and a fun and friendly staff make sure you have a great time. Open Mon–Wed 11:30am–12am, Thu & Fri 11:30am–2am, Sat 10am–2am, Sun 10am–12am.
Hole in the Wall Saloon
1369 Folsom St.
The Hole In The Wall is a little biker bar in the heart of South of Market. Friendly, diverse, down-to earth crowd. Rock, blues, punk, metal, soul and international music. Six different beers on tap. The place to meet the love of your life or maybe a good friend. No speed freaks, moochers, or muggles please. Open noon–2am daily.
Lone Star Saloon
1354 Harrison St.
(near 9th St.)
San Francisco's famous bear bar. Cheap beer, daily drink specials. Large backyard patio bar for smoking. Everybody welcome. Open Mon–Fri 2pm-2am and weekends noon–2am.
3600 16th St @ Market & Noe
Lookout is an upscale yet unpretentious neighborhood bar with a friendly staff. Floor to ceiling windows and wrap around balcony are perfect for people watching! Check out our great event nights, new lounge, and grab a bite from the delicious menu. Open Mon–Fri 3:30pm–2am, Sat 12:30pm–2am, Sun 12:30pm–midnight.
Midnight Sun
4067 18th St. near Castro
San Francisco's premier video bar! Voted "Best Happy Hour" by the SF Bay Guardian. Happy hour until 9pm daily. Celebrating 40 years in the Castro! Open Mon–Friday 2pm–2am, Sat & Sun 1pm–2am.
4086 18th St.
Neighborhood bar. Open Mon–Fri 7am–2pm, Sat & Sun 6am–2am.
Moby Dick
4049 18th St.
Popular neighborhood bar featuring an impressive saltwater fish tank, pool table, pinball machines and hot and friendly bartenders. Daily 2-for-1 frozen drink specials and happy hour 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Open Mon.-Fri. 2 p.m.-2 a.m., weekends 10 a.m.- 2 a.m.
298 11th St. @ Folsom
Oasis is a theater / cabaret / nightclub featuring the best of gay culture and an unforgettable SF nightlife experience. Check our website for specific information.
Pilsner Inn
225 Church St. @ Mkt. St.
Large patio, pool table. Open Mon–Fri 1pm–2am, weekends 10am–2am.
The Port Bar
2023 Broadway, Oakland
Oakland's downtown gay bar. Check website for details.
1347 Folsom St.
(near 9th St.)
San Francisco cruising at it's best! Pec Parties, the REAL Underwear Party, hot and sexy nightly themes and 2 for 1 Happy hours Mon–Sat. Smoking area available. Open 4pm–2 am daily.
Q Bar
456 Castro St.
Located in the heart of the Castro, Q Bar is a diverse and inclusive bar featuring a fun, high-energy blend of dance music, hot and friendly staff, and killer cocktails. Open Mon–Fri 4pm–2am, weekends 2pm–2am.
SF Eagle
398 12th St.
SF's gay heart! Bears, leather, dykes, bikers, drag, pups, and more. Outdoor patio, Sunday beer busts 3–6 pm, Thursday Night Live (bands), Monday karaoke, and please check website for the hottest dance parties, music events, and much more. happy hour Mon–Fri 4–8 pm, open weekdays 2pm-2am; weekends 12pm–2am.
The Stud Bar
399 9th St.
The legendary Stud has been open for 50 continuous years. Recently purchased by a community effort to fight eviction, the Stud is stronger than ever! Drag shows every Friday, dancing till 4am on weekends and free karaoke Tuesdays. Open daily 5pm–2am, and until 4am on Fri & Sat.
Sundance Saloon (at Space 550)
550 Barneveld near Industrial
Country-Western dancing heaven — where hot cowboys and cowgirls gather to two-step the night away at the friendliest place in the city. Every Thur 6:30pm–10:30pm (lessons 7pm–8pm) & Sun 5pm–10:30pm (lessons 5:30pm–7:15pm). Check our website for additional events.
Toad Hall
4186 18th St.
Dancing, outdoor patio. Open daily Mon–Thu 4pm–2am, Fri–Sun 3pm–2am.
1437 Haight St.
(@ Ashbury)
Mon-Fri drink specials, aged barrel classic cocktails and $2 Buck Beer Tuesdays! Pool table, friendly bartenders and good times. The gay vibe of the Haight. Open daily noon–2am.
Twin Peaks
401 Castro St. @ Market
Gateway to the Castro under the rainbow arrows; panoramic windows catch all the action. Friendly staff serves unquestionably the neighborhood's best cocktails. Open Mon–Wed noon–2am, Thur–Sat 8am–2am, Sun 10am–2am.
Turf Club
22519 Main St.
Hayward, CA
Visit the world-famous Turf Club. Biggest dance floor in the East Bay, state-of-the-art sound system and huge outdoor patio. Drink specials, theme nights and special events. Open Mon.-Fri. noon-2 a.m. Weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
White Horse Inn
6551 Telegraph Ave. (@66th St.)
Oakland, CA
East Bay's #1 gay and lesbian hot spot. Nightly specials Mon-Wed, Karaoke on Tues, dancing Thurs-Sat. Bear bust on Sat & Sun 1pm-7pm. Still going strong for 77 years. Open Mon & Tues 3pm-2am, Wed-Sun 1pm-2am.

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Alliance Health Project
1930 Market St.
Free HIV counseling, testing and referral services since 1985. Results in 15 minutes. Call or visit our Website for more information
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
730 Polk St., 4th Floor, near Ellis
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center offers HIV testing, community outreach and events, peer counseling, education workshops, and social support to Asians & Pacific Islanders living with, and at risk for HIV/AIDS.
Bridgemen is for gay and bi guys who are looking to give back to our community. We organize fun and relevant community service projects and social events that provide leadership opportunities and create friendships. See website for more info.
The California Men's Gathering
The CALIFORNIA MEN'S GATHERING is a recognized resource in the G/B/T community for "MEN MENTORING MEN TO BE MEN"; to revitalize spiritual, emotional and physical lives through community events, workshops and retreats.
Castro Country Club
4058 18th St. (near Castro)
The Castro Country Club is a clean & sober gathering place for all people and a home for the queer recovery community. Peet’s café with free wifi and back patio. Open daily.
City Clinic
356 7th St. @ Folsom
City Clinic offers confidential testing and treatment for STDs for free or low cost for anyone who is at least 12 years of age. Mon, Wed and Fri 8am-4pm, Tues 1pm-6pm, Thurs 1pm-4pm.
The Last Drag @ Congregation Sha'ar Zahav
290 Dolores Street @ 16th St
The Last Drag offers free smoking cessation classes for LGBT and HIV+ smokers. Quit smoking in a confidential and supportive group setting. Register online at our website or at the phone number above.
(Lavender Youth Recreation / Information Center)
127 Collingwood (Near 18th St.)
We are a community center for LGBTQ youth 23 years and younger (25 if trans-identified). Programs include dances, discussion, conferences, paid internships, drop-in, and volunteer opportunities. Come check us out!
MCC San Francisco
(Metropolitan Community Church)
150 Eureka St.
LGBTQ spiritual community grounded in Christianity while exploring many sacred paths. Worship Sun 11am & 7pm; QSangha (Buddhist) Tue 7pm; Taizé (Interfaith) Wed 7pm.
Oakland LGBT Community Center
3207 Lakeshore Ave., Oakland
The Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Inc. is committed to supporting and enhancing the well-being of LGBTQ individuals, our families and allies.
Queer Ballroom Studios
Home of Queer Jitterbugs!
151 Potrero Ave. at 14th St.
Swing, Latin, Country and Ballroom dance classes and parties! Weekly classes & workshops at our new studios! Monthly parties at special locations for the Queer Ballroom Dance Party (every 2nd. Sat.) and the Queer Jitterbugs Swing Dance Party (most last Sat.). Performance group too! SF's only all Queer non profit dance studio by and for the GLBT community.
Rainbow Toastmasters
SF LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St. @ Octavia
Rainbow Toastmasters is a LGBT public speaking club within Toastmasters International. Gain public speaking and leadership skills in a supportive group. Weekly Meetings: Thursdays 6pm-7:30pm at the LGBT Center.
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
1035 Market St. Suite 400
San Francisco AIDS Foundation works to end the HIV epidemic in the city where it began, and eventually everywhere. We provide direct services for HIV prevention, testing and care in communities where need is greatest, including gay and bi-sexual men, African Americans and Latinos. For more info about events, community programs and volunteering, visit our website.
San Francisco LGBT Community Center
1800 Market St. (@ Octavia)
The Center is home to a dynamic range of organizations and activities that support the needs of the entire LGBT community. Meeting rooms, assembly spaces, performance venues, exhibition areas, non-profit offices, community events box office and information and referral services.
470 Castro Street
Strut is the new home for health and wellness from San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Located in the Castro, it’s a place where gay, bi and trans men can find tools and support to manage their health and connect with other guys. At Strut, you’ll find sexual health services including HIV testing and screening for sexually-transmitted infections, substance use and mental health services, support services, and community engagement activities.

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Cafe Flore
2298 Market St. @ Noe
Now serving cocktails!!! Comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Great people watching, good food and friendly service. Specializing in high grown coffees with espresso bar. Indoor, garden and sidewalk seating. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2362 Market St @ Castro
Catch is located in the heart of the historic Castro and serves fresh, affordable seafood and landfare in a casual, cozy atmosphere. Full bar; indoor or heated patio dining; and live piano jazz on Fri & Sat nights. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner.
1815 Market @ Octavia
Come to Destino and savor Central and South American inspired dishes with a distinctively "Nuevo" flair in a charming bistro-style atmosphere. Full bar and exclusive wine list. Catering and private parties available. Brunch on Sun 11am-2pm, dinner served daily 5pm-10pm (11pm Fri & Sat).
Vietnamese Sandwiches
2275 Market near 16th
The only Vietnamese sandwich shop in the Castro! Come in and try our delicious, fresh, very affordable sandwiches and spring rolls. Dine in or take out; outdoor sidewalk seating available. Entrances on Market and around the corner on 16th St. Open 10am–10pm daily.
1609 Polk Street
Dunya is a Mediterranean Bistro & Wine Bar in an industrial chic setting in the Nob Hill district. Featuring excellent wines and fresh, fusion dishes, open for brunch (Sat & Sun), lunch and dinner.
500 Castro St.
At Harvey's in the "Heart of the Castro", enjoy gay memorabilia, great food from opening until midnight and Power Jack Trivia on Mon. nights. Great view, atmosphere and service. Open Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-2 a.m., weekends 9 a.m.-2 a.m.
La Méditerranée
288 Noe St. @ Market
Delicious Mediterranean food, friendly service and neighborhood prices for over 25 years in the Castro. Hummus to die for! Weekend champagne brunch. Catering too. Open for lunch and dinner Tues, Wed & Sun 11am–9:30pm, Thu–Sat 11am–9:30pm, closed Mon.
Lark Bistro
4068 18th St.
Lark is a Bistro & Wine Bar featuring Mediterranean-American food in the historic Castro district. Featuring excellent wines and small plates, main dishes, and charcuterie and cheese boards. Open daily for lunch (brunch on weekends) and dinner (serving food and beverages past midnight).
Orphan Andy's
2991 17th St.
Celebrating over 35 years of business in the greatest neighborhood on earth. Great diner food served by a friendly staff. Open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Rocco's Cafe
1131 Folsom St. near 7th St
A neighborhood institution Since 1990, Rocco's Café brings the feeling of old North Beach and the flavor of Italy to the South of Market area (SOMA). We feature authentic, home-style Italian food with the key ingredients of quality, quantity and personality. Open Mon 7am–3pm, Tue–Fri 7am–10pm, Sat 8am–10pm, Sun 8am–4pm.
Sausage Factory
517 Castro St.
A taste of old San Francisco in the Castro. All your favorite Italian dishes served in a cozy atmosphere and friendly as all get out! Open 5pm–10pm daily.
Spike's Coffees and Teas
4117 19th St. @ Castro
Come to Castro's quiet side for a true neighborhood experience; where locals get the best espresso drinks, bagels, pastries and old fashioned penny candy in big glass jars. Perfect gifts for any occasion. Our Soy Latté is to die for! Open 6:30am to 7pm daily.
Takara Sushi
4243 18th St. near Diamond St.
Elegant and creative Japanese cuisine in a comfortable, warm and friendly atmosphere. Sushi, sashimi, appetizers plus house specialty rolls and entrees. Beer, wine and sake available. Open daily (except Tue) for lunch and dinner.
Wicked Grounds
289 8th St. @ Folsom St.
SF's beloved kink cafe and boutique, featuring tasty, fresh and local food and drink. Free WiFi, handcrafted bondage rope, leather gear, BDSM books and dozens of kink classes and events in a welcoming environment! Open Mon & Tue 8am–10pm, Wed 8am–11pm, Thu & Fri 8am–10pm, Sat & Sun 11am–10pm.

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Events 2018

Academy of Friends
March 4
Academy Awards Night Gala
Barechest Calendar Contests
Weekly contests for the 35nd edition 2019 calendar are every Thu night beginning mid January. Check website for details.
Castro Certified Farmers’ Market
Noe St. @ Market St.
From fruits to nuts: come to the Castro Farmers Market for your selection of the best seasonal produce California has to offer! Wed, 4pm–8pm, Mar 14 through Nov 23, 2018. Check our Website for live music and special event info.
Castro St. Fair
October 7
Founded by Harvey Milk over 30 years ago. Entertainment, vendors and loads of community organizations. Bring your whole alternative family!
Dyke March
June 23
Dolores Park (Dolores & 18th)
Rally and entertainment begins at 3pm. March begins at 7pm.
Folsom St. Fair
September 30
The biggest of its kind! A grand celebration of kinky love at the end of Leather Pride week. Gear Up!
Imperial Court Coronation & Celebration
February 17-25
Five decades of history and tradition. An Imperial Family Celebration.
Lazy Bear Weekend
August 1-6
Bear Gathering at the Russian River
National Queer Arts Festival
June 2018
Organized by the Queer Arts Cultural Center in collaboration with other gay cultural and arts organizations. Visual art, dance, theatre, readings, community events and more in a variety of venues. Call or visit the web site for the schedule.
Our Town SF
A guide to over 250 San Francisco LGBT nonprofits, arts and athletic groups including category searches, an events calendar and recent photos. A program of the Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundation.
SF International LGBT Film Festival / Frameline 41
June 14-24
The world's premiere showcase for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cinema. Call or visit website for info.
San Francisco Pride
June 23 & 24
Nobody does it like San Francisco! Biggest Pride celebration in the United States!
Sundance Stompede
November 1-4
SF’s Country and Western dance weekend.
Up Your Alley Fair
July 29
Folsom Street Fair's raunchy little brother. A favorite with the locals in the S&M and queer communities.

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Alex Fitness
2275 Market St. (upstairs)
In the heart of the Castro, we are a fully equipped gym, with a full line of cardio equipment, freeweights, plate-loaded and selectorized machines. Open Mon–Fri 6am–10pm, Sat & Sun 8am–8pm.
Fitness SF
2301 Market St. @ Noe St.
1001 Brannan St. @ Division St / 415.348.6377
Full-service gyms with amenities and services that include aerobics, yoga, steam room and sauna. Personal trainers available.

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Castro SF
Visit the most complete and easy to use neighborhood portal for Castro/Upper Market shopping, activities and community affairs. Handy map, calendar and picture gallery are all at your fingertips.
The Russian River is the West Coast's favorite LGBT playground. This string of offbeat river villages attracts thousands of LGBT visitors every year for a wide range of activities and fun. Check out our site to find out why you'll love it!
The #1 site in the US, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil for men to hook up with men. Members create a profile, share pictures, and are able to scan the thousands of other profiles of men online at any hour. Free to join! is the new Website for finding a male masseur near you, specializing in therapeutic, sensual or erotic massage.
Find a gay-friendly place to stay. Rent from one of our 5,000 hosts in 65 countries. Or–pay for your next vacation by renting out your room or apartment during your absence.
San Francisco-based has been the web's premiere source for gay porn for over 10 years! Its 3,500-title library features scenes and full-length videos from over 100 studios including Falcon, COLT, Titan, Rascal, Hot House and Raging Stallion. Log on and get off!
A major adult video company in San Francisco. Hot videos from legendary porn performers and directors Chris Ward, J.D. Slater and Michael Brandon.
The world's largest male escort and massage site. Find escorts, masseurs and bodyworkers or be featured as a service provider.
Serving both as a local resource for residents and visitors alike, hosts a comprehensive Events Calendar and Business Directory. Self-post your Event or Business today. It's Free! Take pride. Take ownership. Join us!

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M Spa
2187 Market St. @ 15th St.
M SPA dedicates itself to men’s grooming “the way men like it” in an atmosphere they can call their own. We offer high-end men's grooming products and services at affordable prices using natural, organic products. Come early and enjoy our steam room. Open Sun, Mon & Wed 10am–6pm, Tue, Thu & Fri 10am–8pm, Sat 9am–8pm.

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AH-H-H-H Healing Bodywork
Enjoy a healing bodywork session or work your body with a customized fitness/yoga training session. Visa/MC accepted. Available by appointment. t g phillips.
Daddy's Barbershop
4102 19th St. @ Castro St.
Newly expanded with more barbers. Daddy's specializes in traditional men's haircuts, high n tights, shaves, razor fades, flat tops and beards. Open 7 days a week. Walk-ins and appointments welcome. Open Mon–Fri 11am–7pm, Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
David Wilson Photographer
David Wilson has been shooting professionally in the Bay Area since the Loma Prieta earthquake. In addition to portraits and events, he creates P.R. photos for dozens of theatrical productions every year.
Joe's Barbershop
2150 Market St. near Church
Butch, basic haircuts. Flat-tops. High-n-tites. Head Shaves. You got hair, we'll cut it. Joe Gallagher (IML96) gives you a hyper-masculine, modern barbershop. Walk-ins or Appt. Open Mon–Fri 11am–7:30pm, Sat 9am–5:30pm, Sun 11am–4pm.
Kent Taylor Photography
Specializing in portraiture, promotional and fashion photography. Serving the Bay Area for over ten years.
P.O. Plus
584 Castro St. (near 19th St.)
Private mailbox rentals available as well as offering one-stop shopping for all of your packing and shipping needs. Open Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Raul Montalvo DDS
773 B 14th St.
Dr. Montalvo has been providing excellent Dentistry in the area for over 20 years. Our mission is to provide meticulous, uncompromising, state-of-the-art dental care, delivered in a professional, compassionate manner in comfortable surroundings. Open Mon–Fri 8:30am–5pm.
Shag Hair Salon
228 Sanchez St. @ Market St.
Shag Hair Salon has moved to a new location in the Castro. Still offering the same services & prices: cuts from $25, color from $50. Our new hours are Tue–Fri 12pm–8pm, Sat 11am–6pm. Scott, Tom and Larry look forward to seeing you at our new home.
Steven Underhill Photography
Steven Underhill is a Portrait/Event Photographer. He has 7 International photobooks and yearly calendars to his credit. He's also done several magazine covers, and freelances with a number of media outlets.His male photography can be seen at: &
Travelex World Wide Money
@ US Bank
443 Castro St
Travelex, with 15 locations in the Bay Area, is the world's foreign exchange company, serving over 80,000 customers daily at 7000 branches around the globe. Castro location is open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-1pm, closed Sun.

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The Apothecarium
2029 Market St.
The Apothecarium is a licensed, full-service cannabis dispensary located in San Francisco's historic Castro district. We provide our members access to a wide variety of appropriately priced medication in a safe, well-appointed setting. Open daily 9am–9pm.
4077-A 18th Street, 2nd Floor
We feature a large selection of vintage gay porn in all forms; including magazines, photos, DVD's and some VHS tapes. We also buy porn. Open Mon & Tue 10am–7pm, Wed–Sat 10am–9pm, Sat 11am–9pm, Sun 1pm–7pm.
Body San Francisco
450 Castro St.
Body features top brand streetwear, fashion and active wear with the largest selection of tee shirts, casual and sports shoes and all year swimwear. Serving the Castro for over 20 years. Open Mon–Thu 10am–8pm, Fri & Sat 10am–9pm, Sun 11am–8pm.
Castro Village Wine Company
4121 19th St. near Castro St.
Proudly pouring since 1980, we specialize in California wines. Our friendly staff can help you find a great bottle for any budget. We also offer ports, Champagnes, and spirits. Weekly tastings all day Friday through Sunday. Open Mon–Thu 11–7pm, Fri & Sat 11–8pm, Sun noon–7pm. Case discounts & shipping available.
4057 18th St.
We feature a wide array of quality Leather and Military/Uniform clothing and accessories, adult novelties, DVDs and a plethora of toys. A fun and inviting atmosphere and a friendly staff; a bit off the beaten path. Open Sun-Thur 10am-11pm, Fri & Sat 10am-12am.
Folsom Gulch
947 Folsom St.
(btwn 5th & 6th St.)
A SOMA institution for 40 years. Hot all-male arcade action. Voted Best Adult Video Store 2009 and 2010 (SF Bay Guardian). Soma's New Men's Underwear Hot Spot! Plus Sex Toys, Lube, Pills, Aromas, DVD and more! We carry toys for the ladies too! Open Mon–Thu 10am–2am, Fri & Sat 10am–6am, Sunday 10am–12am.
Good Vibrations (Downtown)
899 Mission St. @ 5th St.
Good Vibrations is the premier retailer trusted for over 38 years to provide high quality products, education and information that promotes sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. With clean, well-lit stores, we provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. Open Sun–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri & Sat 10am–11pm.
Good Vibrations (Mission)
603 Valencia St. @ 17th St.
Good Vibrations is the premier retailer trusted for over 38 years to provide high quality products, education and information that promotes sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. With clean, well-lit stores, we provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. Open Sun–Thu 10am–10pm, Fri & Sat 10am–11pm.
Good Vibrations (Polk)
1620 Polk St. near Sacramento St.
Good Vibrations is the premier retailer trusted for over 38 years to provide high quality products, education and information that promotes sexual health, pleasure and empowerment. With clean, well-lit stores, we provide a safe, welcoming and non-judgmental environment. Open Sun–Thu 10am–9pm, Fri & Sat 10am–10pm.
HRC Action Center & Store
575 Castro St.
The HRC Action Center & Store is now located in the historic former home of civil rights legend Harvey Milk's Castro Camera. We offer a unique fusing of education and grassroots advocacy with HRC's (Human Rights Commission) signature merchandise. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm.
Kipper Clothiers
78 Gough St. near Market St.
Kipper Clothiers provides tailored and innovative quality custom suits and shirts for the LGBT community and their allies. Call or drop in today to arrange your fitting and to view our nontraditional patterns, colors, and textures. Open Tue–Sat 11am–7pm. Mon open by appointment only. Closed Sunday.
Leather Etc
1201 Folsom St. @ 8th St.
Welcome To The Fetish And Bondage World! For years Leather Etc has been a creator, manufacturer, trend-setter and a reliable supplier of the finest leather apparel, bondage leather accessories and sensual, stylish fetish leather clothing. Open Mon-Fri 10:30am-7pm, Sat 11:30am-6pm, Sun noon-5pm.
Mr. S Leather & Mr. S Lockerroom
385 8th St. @ Harrison
When You're Ready for the Good Stuff! Leather, latex, neoprene clothing and bondage gear all made right here in our SF workshops. Plus a huge selection of boots, sex toys, uniforms, sportswear and underwear. A one-of-a-kind experience you'll never forget. Open 11am–8pm daily.
516 Castro St.
Come to the heart of the Castro to check out the largest selection of adult novelties and lowest prices on personal lubricants in the neighborhood! We also have great deals on adult gay DVDs. Open Sun-Thur 10am-11pm, Fri & Sat 10am-12am.
Swirl on Castro
572 Castro St. near 19th St.
Stop in and visit our new Wine Bar, open daily. Swirl showcases a unique wine selection that spans the globe, as well as spirits, glassware, gifts, books, art and wine accessories, all featured in an uplifting, spirited and stylish environment suited for browsing. Shipping available. Open Mon-Thurs 12pm-8pm, Fri & Sat 12pm-10pm, Sun 12pm-7pm.
All Season Boutique
1742 Polk St. @ Washington St.
Check out this charming boutique with a great selection of unique decor and gift items, includingvcandles, soaps and seasonal holiday items.They now have wonderful wearable gear as well. Open Mon–Sat 11am–7pm, Sun 11am–5pm.
The Twilight Zone
(Smoke Shop)
237 Church Street
The best smoke shop in Upper Market/Castro: pipes, hookahs, lighters, gifts, fine cigars, tobacco, adult DVDs and magazines, room odorizers, cream chargers, adult toys and lube. Open Mon–Thu 11am–10pm, Fri & Sat 11am–11pm, Sun 11am–10pm.
Unionmade Goods
493 Sanchez St. near 18th St.
A little shop with an ever-changing selection of quality clothing and dry goods for men. Things you won't find anywhere else. We specialize in classic American brands. but we're not afraid to stock something from another country if it's the best there is. Our mascot buddy, a rescue greyhound, is looking forward to your visit. See you soon! Open Mon–Fri noon–7pm, Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.
Comics & More
548 Castro Street
Gay owned and operated "Whatever..." is the comic shop for anyone to come and get their geek on! Everything from t-shirts, toys, vintage candy and of course... comic books! Open Wed & Thu 11am–8pm, Fri & Sat 11am–7pm, Sun noon–6pm.
Wild Card
3979-B 17th St. @ Market
Every greeting card need from wild to woolly, nasty, naughty or nice. All subjects: birthday, thank you, union, wedding, engagement, new baby, sympathy and boxed note cards. Also calendars, Pride and novelty products. Open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.

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Tours / Sites

Bike and Roll
415.229.2000 (local
Experience your best day in SF! Exciting tours (Golden Gate Bridge & more!); superior rentals; self-guided rides; friendly, expert service and lasting memories. Celebrating 7 years as America’s leading bicycle rental and tours company. Call or click for locations, hours and more information.
Blue & Gold Fleet
Blue & Gold Fleet is the premier provider of ferry and water excursion services on San Francisco Bay, offering the famous one-hour Bay Cruise Adventure, Escape from the Rock Cruise around Alcatraz Island and the ever popular RocketBoat, the ultimate high-speed thrill ride along San Francisco’s waterfront.
Come OUT to the Castro
by FOOT! Fun Walking Tours
This actor/comedian-led walking tour of the Castro (led by GayPocket publisher Kim Larsen) has neighborhood & GLBT history, games, prizes and fun! Two hours, no steep hills. Plus get great tips on the current scene! Reservations required. Check online for our great reviews and other SF walking tours. $5 off with code: gaypocket.
GoCar Rentals
Union Square
321 Mason St. @ O'Farrell
Fisherman's Wharf
2715 Hyde St. near Beach St.
GoCar, The Cure for the Common Tour®. Take a GPS-guided tour® in the storytelling car® and see the San Francisco most visitors never see! Open at 8am every day. "One of the coolest inventions of the year." - Time Magazine. Studios & SF Armory Tours
1800 Mission St. @ 14th St.
415.856.0771 ext. 198
Come inside! This 1.5 hour-long tour visits all five floors of this historic landmark building, originally built to serve the National Guard and now the elaborate and cinematic sets of Experience the dark dungeons, the decadent Upper Floor, and everything in between! (Tour is for ages 18+.) Private and event tours are available as are stage rentals for production companies. Save $5 with GayPocket discount code: GPG5.
National AIDS Memorial Grove
Nancy Pelosi Dr. & Bowling Green Dr.
Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
The National AIDS Memorial Grove is a living tribute to all whose lives have been touched by AIDS. Located in the eastern end of Golden Gate Park, it is a space of healing, hope, and remembrance.
Pink Triangle Park
Intersection of Castro, Market & 17th Streets
Beautifully designed mini-park and memorial to the LGBT experience of the Nazi regime. Great photo op with the rainbow flag in the background.
Ringold Alley
Between 8th & 9th and Folsom & Harrison Streets
Check out the new Ringold Alley Leather Walk. Officially known as the San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley, it is an exciting monument \to local leather history and includes boot prints honoring men and women who made a lasting contribution to the city's leather community.
Strap yourself into RocketBoat, the fastest and most nimble watercraft on San Francisco Bay. For 30 minutes, you’ll be flying across the Bay. Never the same ride twice! Runs May-Oct.
Victorian Home Walk Tours
SF's rich Victorian past.

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13 Licks @ QBAR
465 Castro St.
Every Tuesday night: A Lezzie Queer maniac dance party with half-off drinks, 9am–2am.
Betty's List
LGBT new, services and community events.
Wild Side West
424 Cortland Ave. (Bernal Heights)
Neighborhood bar, mostly women. Open 1pm–2am daily.
The Women's Building
3543 18th St. near Valencia
Beautiful Mission murals on the outside; inside houses various women's nonprofit organizations. Rental halls available for nonprofit functions. Check Web site for events and schedules.

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