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Frank Banks, musical master of The Mint

Frank Banks, musical master of The Mint

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 20, 2018

From 1975 to 1988 Frank Banks was both defined by and helped define The Mint (1942 Market) in San Francisco. He would go on to play other bars before he left and his presence here was felt all the way to City Hall, but The Mint was his home.

Laverne, surely

Laverne, surely

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • May 23, 2018

When Laverne Cummings died in a pedestrian accident in Las Vegas on March 22, 2018, we lost more than an astounding artist, vocalist and female impersonator. We lost a connection to a world that is quickly fading from view.

Our Lady of the Phone Booth

Our Lady of the Phone Booth

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 25, 2018

Linda Pancost's forty years of gay bars in San Francisco included The Tower Lounge and The Phone Booth.

BARchive :: Café Back in the Day

BARchive :: Café Back in the Day

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 18, 2018

The late 1980s saw something of an explosion of women's venues, which was followed shortly thereafter with an implosion. Café San Marcos found itself in an unusual situation: Was it a mixed bar or a women's bar?

BARchive :: Fair Trade

BARchive :: Fair Trade

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Feb 18, 2018

Late in 2016, the press buzzed with word of tunnels beneath the 900 block of Market Street that provided escape routes from bars. There was more underground about these bars than tunnels, however. They were a hotbed of trade.

BARchive :: Michael Greer - Honorary San Franciscan

BARchive :: Michael Greer - Honorary San Franciscan

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 21, 2018

There is a special kind of performer who is somewhat well known by the world at large, but held a special place in the heart of San Franciscans. The actor, comic and writer Michael Greer was one of these performers.

BARchive :: How the Holidays Kept Hope Alive in the Midst of AIDS

BARchive :: How the Holidays Kept Hope Alive in the Midst of AIDS

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Dec 14, 2017

The roots of our holiday traditions in the gay community run deep. It should come as no surprise that when the darkest days of the AIDS crisis hit, we responded in the spirit of the season.

BARchive :: Making Magic - Searching for LGBT Histories of Neopaganism, the Paranormal and the Occult in San Francisco

BARchive :: Making Magic - Searching for LGBT Histories of Neopaganism, the Paranormal and the Occult in San Francisco

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Oct 26, 2017

Curious about the history of pagan and occult interests among LGBT people in San Francisco? This is the perfect time of year to explore that topic.

BARchive :: When 'Drummer' Came to Town

BARchive :: When 'Drummer' Came to Town

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 24, 2017

During its classic period from 1977 to 1979, the magazine "Drummer" introduced the growing leather culture to both San Francisco and the world.

BARchive :: Club Dori - A Bar in A World of Its Own

BARchive :: Club Dori - A Bar in A World of Its Own

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 20, 2017

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.

BARchive: Saucy Sausalito

BARchive: Saucy Sausalito

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jul 23, 2017

If you have moved to the Bay Area recently, you no doubt think of Sausalito as a quaint touristy town - the perfect sort of place to take visiting relatives. It hasn't always been that way.

BARchive: Seafood, Sailors, & San Francisco's Dockside Secrets

BARchive: Seafood, Sailors, & San Francisco's Dockside Secrets

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 25, 2017

The start of the Pride Parade has a secret - and it's hidden! The downtown assembly area on the waterfront is among the oldest LGBT neighborhoods in the city, and there is barely a trace of it left.

BARchive :: Purple Reign

BARchive :: Purple Reign

  • by Michael lanagan
  • May 7, 2017

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.

BARchive :: The Original Breakfast Club

BARchive :: The Original Breakfast Club

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2017

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.