The Cinch

While Polk Gulch was once a seedy strip of male prostitutes, the Russian Hill of today is not typically a gay destination. The Cinch is nearly all that remains, an…

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440 Castro

Cruisy, cheap and full of corrugated metal, 440 Castro is a dark, sweaty cavern of masculinity. Formerly Daddy’s, it’s one of the last vestiges of the Castro’s working class past,…

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SF Eagle

Only the most joyless of sticklers could complain about the Eagle’s latest incarnation. The Sunday Beer Bust ($12 for all-you-can-drink Miller Lite plus BBQ, from 3 - 6 p.m.) remains…

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Hi Tops

While the idea of an LGBT sports bar sounded like the ultimate oxymoron when Hi Tops opened, turns out it was a quite logical proposition. With a menu of upscale stadium…

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Lone Star Saloon

The slightly lower-key companion to the Eagle—which is only two blocks away—Lone Star is a leather bar that’s as equally popular with bears as it is with hipsters. The floor is…

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The shocking death of piano bars and cabarets in San Francisco shows how much things have changed since the 1960s, but Judy and Liza’s fan base will always have a…

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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…

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A beautiful, soaring space, Penrose comes to you courtesy the chef behind Pizzaiolo and Boot & Shoe Service. Charlie Hallowell's open fire cooking is the main attraction, but the long,…