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BARchive :: Sinbad's & Sailors

BARchive :: Sinbad's & Sailors

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jul 23, 2013

It was Sunday, July 4, 1976. The City was celebrating a twin bicentennial. Sailors were in town! We meandered the Embarcadero, loading our cameras with "seafood" until lunchtime.

BARchive :: Freedom

BARchive :: Freedom

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Jun 27, 2013

It was Gay Freedom Day; Sunday, June 27, 1976. Things were very different then; very different.

BARchive :: Mocambo

BARchive :: Mocambo

  • by Jim Stewart
  • May 28, 2013

San Francisco's Tenderloin is roughly bounded by Market, Mason, Geary, and Van Ness. It has a rap sheet dating back to the Gold Rush. By the Roaring 1920s, it had become infamous for its nightlife, jazz clubs, and vice dens. Mocambo was one of those 1970s

BARchive Extra: The Eagle's First Opening

BARchive Extra: The Eagle's First Opening

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 26, 2013

If the recent re-opening to the San Francisco Eagle Tavern seemed like a big deal, compare it to the bar's original opening in 1981.

BARchive: Art at the Ambush

BARchive: Art at the Ambush

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Mar 31, 2013

Delay's Ambush, in a rundown 1907 three-story building, was a leather-western-bear, beer and wine bar - and art gallery.

BARchive: Valentines Day On the QT

BARchive: Valentines Day On the QT

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Feb 25, 2013

During the 1960s, Polk Street had grown gay. Some complained; others saw financial advantages. Straight places remained empty. Gay places didn't.

BARchive: The Elephant Walk

BARchive: The Elephant Walk

  • by Jim Stewart
  • Dec 27, 2012

In the 1970s Castro at Christmas was real, like gays and Hollywood make things real.

BARchive: Take Me to the River

BARchive: Take Me to the River

  • by Dr. Jack Fritscher
  • Jul 31, 2012

Diversely eclectic, Guerneville is San Francisco's backyard playground on the fabled Russian River where generations of GLBTs have retreated like Thoreau at Walden Pond to vacation.

BARchive: Tri-ing Times

BARchive: Tri-ing Times

  • by JIm Provenzano
  • Mar 26, 2012

Years before the first Gay Games (1982), San Francisco's gay community already had a lot going on in organized sports. Several gay softball teams had been organized before the historic Gays vs. Cops games in 1973 and 1974.

BARchive: Love Hurts

BARchive: Love Hurts

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Feb 19, 2012

Is your Valentine tired of chocolates and flowers? Does sipping champagne with a strawberry dropped in a fluted glass induce an eye-rolling response?

Barchive: Bars, Baths and Beyond

Barchive: Bars, Baths and Beyond

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jan 29, 2012

If you are new to the Bay Area, you could be excused for thinking of the area between San Francisco and Mountain View as a nightlife free zone - at least as far as LGBT nightlife goes. But it has not always been this way.

BARchive: Holiday Haunts

BARchive: Holiday Haunts

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 15, 2011

The winter holidays are the most obvious time of year when gays, separated from their parents, are forced to decide between biological family and acquired family.

BARchive: Eating Out

BARchive: Eating Out

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 30, 2011

When did restaurants become gay? San Francisco gays gathered at restaurants and nightclubs that served food for decades before the Stonewall Riots in New York, and before the Compton Cafeteria riots in the Tenderloin.

BARchive: Leathernecking

BARchive: Leathernecking

  • by Dr. Jack Fritscher
  • Jul 19, 2011

The night its doors opened, the Leatherneck became the peer of vintage theme bars like The Tool Box, The No Name, and The Brig. The Leatherneck was one of the best bars of the Titanic 1970s.