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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.

Goodbye, Gangway

Goodbye, Gangway

  • by BAR staff
  • Feb 1, 2018

The Gangway, at 841 Larkin Street, one of the Tenderloin district's last gay bars, closed for good Saturday, January 27.

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.

Codeword Closes - Is DNA Lounge to Follow?

Codeword Closes - Is DNA Lounge to Follow?

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Aug 19, 2017

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.

Shining Stars: Gameboi SF @ Rickshaw Stop

Shining Stars: Gameboi SF @ Rickshaw Stop

  • Aug 16, 2017

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.

Historic SF Gay Bar Ginger's Trois Reborn

Historic SF Gay Bar Ginger's Trois Reborn

  • by Sari Staver
  • May 11, 2017

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.

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.

Stud Update :: Historic Bar's New Fundraiser and Move Planned

Stud Update :: Historic Bar's New Fundraiser and Move Planned

  • by Sari Staver
  • Dec 17, 2016

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.

Iconic Bear Bar Lone Star Gains Legacy Status

Iconic Bear Bar Lone Star Gains Legacy Status

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 20, 2016

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.

Stud Savers: Legendary Bar Gets A Collective Bailout

Stud Savers: Legendary Bar Gets A Collective Bailout

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 14, 2016

The historic Stud bar, under seige with the possibility of closing after the building's sale and a triple raise in rent, has found a group of nightlife and business professionals who've joined together to find alternative ways to keep the SoMa bar open.

Oakland's New Gay Bar Sails In

Oakland's New Gay Bar Sails In

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jul 17, 2016

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.'

Orlando Mass Shooting Struck A Gay Sanctuary

Orlando Mass Shooting Struck A Gay Sanctuary

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jun 18, 2016

That first step inside a gay bar, that first kiss between two girls, that first sighting of a trans or drag performer, are rites of passage for most of us, whether magical or awkward. It's a part of coming out and coming of age.

BARchive :: Gay Love in the Haight - A Fifty-Year Bar History

BARchive :: Gay Love in the Haight - A Fifty-Year Bar History

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Jun 12, 2016

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.