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The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse is the closest thing to a sex club as you’ll find in San Francisco (among places that serve alcohol, anyway). A nondescript hole-in-the-wall on Folsom Street, it’s decorated…


The Stud

What saves the Stud from being a run-of-the-mill SOMA bar is its focus on the LGBT population’s subcultures. Some Thing, the ingenious weekly drag party, draws a huge crowd by…

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Editor's Note: Sadly, Truck has closed as of July 31st, 2015. The northeast corner of the Mission is something of a dead zone. It’s basically Best Buy, the place where…

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Twin Peaks Tavern

The first gay bar to feature plate-glass windows, Twin Peaks Tavern is a beautiful, historic place. The bar is intricately carved, the bartenders are pleasantly world-weary, and the regulars queue…