When we think of the history of our community, we usually think of neighborhoods. But there are places that exist outside of neighborhoods, and Club Dori was one of them.
Codeword, the queer-friendly nightclub in San Francisco's South of Market district, has closed. Its sister club DNA Lounge, under the same ownership as Codeword, is struggling.
Gameboi, the monthly gay Asian and pals' dance party, took over the Rickshaw Stop (155 Fell Street) with panache and a Pokemon Go presence, including Poke-swag, a few guys in Poke-costumes.
Gay bar history got a resurrection of sorts, with the soft opening of the new/old Ginger's Trois, located in the basement of Rickhouse, the bar that took over its location several years ago.
In a few short years North Beach was ground zero for a host of talented musicians, comics and poets not associated with the Beats. The Purple Onion was central to that world.
There are rare bars that are popular in one generation and come back a second time. Even rarer is one which has three lives. The 181 Club was such a bar. It lasted from the 1950s to the 1990s and left its mark on three generations.
The Stud, the popular South of Market gay bar, will stay at its current home at Ninth and Harrison for the next two years, and then move to a new location, if a recently launched three-month crowdfunding campaign to raise $500,000 is successful.
In more good news for South of Market gay bars, The Lone Star Saloon was recently granted Legacy status by a new measure that aims to support historic businesses.
Located next door to the iconic Paramount Theatre, and convenient to BART and other public transit, The Port welcomed guests on Saturday, July 9 after more than a week's 'soft opening.'
Bars have played a huge role in the rich tapestry of gay history. Here's an overview of oral (ahem!) accounts of the Haight's bar scene over half a century.
From the mid-'60s through 2008 there was another type of downtown bar - the businessman's bar. The two downtown bars which lasted the longest and had the biggest impact were Sutter's Mill and the various incarnations of Ginger's.
Club Chaos (at the Crystal Pistol on 842 Valencia Street) , Club Screw (495 14th Street) and most of all Club Uranus at the End-up (6th and Harrison) both raised and lowered the bar for dance spaces that followed.