Charlotte Coleman's bars grew from the harassment of the 1950s. But the unintended consequence of losing a job was that she wasn't just a bar owner: she had such business acumen that some of her bars still exist till today.
Almost all LGBT nightlife spaces in California are shuttered after Governor Gavin Newsom's Sunday directive that bars, nightclubs, wineries, and breweries should close in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
GusPresents hosts the new weekly night at the Castro district bar, with pop, circuit music and gogo cuties. The March 6 night included a visit from local drag performer Lady Camden.
Vilen Gabrielyan is a documentary photographer and native of San Franciscan who focuses on subcultures and stories on fringe lifestyles, including his recent subjects, drag performers at the intimate Aunt Charlie's.
"We used to go to jazz clubs after 2am and drink liquor out of coffee cups. Relations between blacks and whites were excellent. They were glad to have us out in the Fillmore. We were treated like queens, and I don't mean in that sense!"
Members of the Leather and LGBTQ Cultural District and bar patrons enjoyed a South of Market bar crawl on February 6. The entourage visited the Powerhouse, the Hole in the Wall Saloon, the Stud, and the SF Eagle.
Like what you see? See what you like? Along with new nights, we bid a fond farewell to a popular drag night. Vote for your favorites places, people, businesses and nightlife stuff in our annual Besties Readers Survey!
With City Hall and Salesforce Tower lit up in 49ers red and gold, hopes were high on February 2 with football fans at Super Bowl viewings across the Bay Area, including the game-filled Detour (2200 Market St.).
This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.
Moby Dick, the longtime Castro district's favored bar for casual gatherings, pinball and pool, is also notable for its beautiful aquarium above the bar.
Ask a local San Francisco leather person what they're doing on a Sunday afternoon and you'll often here them say they're going to the beer bust. That typically means the weekly Sunday SF Eagle beer bust.
Are you ready for a new year of nightlife fun? It's arriving, ready or not. Will our '20s be roaring with flappers and bootleg gin? Doubtful. More like floppers on TikTok and bootleg vapes. Either way, Happy New Year.