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BARchive:: The Folsom Street Fire: Anatomy of a Sex Panic

BARchive:: The Folsom Street Fire: Anatomy of a Sex Panic

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Sep 27, 2015

A fire in San Francisco that was set by a workman in 1981 ignited a whole different sort of blaze: A media frenzy of anti-gay sensationalism. This feature casts a look back at a disgraceful episode from a deeply homophobic era.

BARchive :: Sutter's Mill and Ginger's Trois - San Francisco's Historic Bars

BARchive :: Sutter's Mill and Ginger's Trois - San Francisco's Historic Bars

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 30, 2015

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.

BARchive :: The Lion Pub and Other Lost Gay Dens

BARchive :: The Lion Pub and Other Lost Gay Dens

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Aug 2, 2015

Visitors to Pacific Heights could be excused these days for thinking there is little gay about it, save for the gay colors on Victorians like the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. But this was not always the case.

BARchive :: Fond Memories of Uranus

BARchive :: Fond Memories of Uranus

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 28, 2015

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.

BARchive :: Excerpts From the New Memoir 'Sex, Drugs & Disco'

BARchive :: Excerpts From the New Memoir 'Sex, Drugs & Disco'

  • by Mark Abramson
  • Jun 14, 2015

San Francisco, Mid-1970s. A perfect place at a perfect time. Mark Abramson's memoir is the next best thing to being there, and here's a sample.

BARchive :: The Lily Street Fair

BARchive :: The Lily Street Fair

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 12, 2015

The Lily Street Fair, which existed in San Francisco from 1981 to 1990, was part block party and part potluck, with a good dose of Easter bonnets and Easter parade thrown in to add zest.

BARchive :: Once Upon a Time in Oaktown

BARchive :: Once Upon a Time in Oaktown

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 15, 2015

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, or so the old adage would have us believe. There is a worse fate, however: To be forgotten and fade into obscurity.

BARchive: Folsom Street Leather

BARchive: Folsom Street Leather

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Sep 16, 2014

"What happened to the other leather restraint?" Joe Taylor said. "You had four." "One of my BD buddies must have wanted a souvenir," I said. "I noticed it missing during a session last night." "Yeah," Joe said. "I can make a replacement."

BARchive: Rusty Nail and Geysers

BARchive: Rusty Nail and Geysers

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Aug 19, 2014

Smoke drifted past our table on the patio at the Rusty Nail. We downed drafts and waited for barbequed chicken. A shirtless waiter with a rolled cowboy hat and leather vest glided among the crowd of half-naked men.

BARchive: Perils of Pecs O'Toole

BARchive: Perils of Pecs O'Toole

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jul 22, 2014

We stood inside Allan Lowery's new bar, the Leatherneck, at 11th and Folsom. It was about to open with its new United States Marine Corps theme. Gregg Coats, designer of the bar's logo, stared at the row of horizontal windows boarded up with plywood.

BARchive: Parade Day

BARchive: Parade Day

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jun 24, 2014

We looked down Market Street toward the Ferry Building. Dykes On Bikes led off the first downtown Gay Freedom Day parade from Spear Street up Market toward the Civic Center. Gay Frontiers: Past, Present, Future.

BARchive: Cruising the Alameda Flea Market

BARchive: Cruising the Alameda Flea Market

  • by Jim Stewart
  • May 14, 2014

The sun found its way around the edge of the plywood that boarded-up the window in my playroom. I lit a cigarette and glanced at Terry. He was still sleeping. Naked. Terry Weekly, not yet thirty, had a dark mustache on his boyish face.

BARchive: Barbary Coasting

BARchive: Barbary Coasting

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Apr 22, 2014

The crew was anxious to knock off. It was a fine April afternoon in San Francisco, 1976. We'd finished the drywall in the Victorian on Fillmore. I was anxious to start ass-warming the meat rack at The Ambush on Harrison

BARchive: Cheap Hotel

BARchive: Cheap Hotel

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Mar 11, 2014

On a cold day in February 1982, I sat nursing a scotch in Fe-Be's at 11th and Folsom. A familiar looking guy straddled the stool next to me.