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Gooch website unveiled - nightlife photographer offers prints for fundraiser

Gooch website unveiled - nightlife photographer offers prints for fundraiser

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Apr 24, 2020

He's photographed countless events and local luminaries in Bay Area nightlife. Now Gooch, the charming ever-busy Brit whose photos have graced Bay Area Reporter pages for years, has unveiled his new website, with a special offer of prints for sale.

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

You can help support the Bay Area Reporter fundraising campaign

  • by Michael Yamashita
  • Apr 15, 2020

San Francisco is one of 11 US cities that is fortunate to have a legacy LGBT publication by us, for us, and about us. Help preserve the BAR as an historic and important community institution for the future.

Remembering Esta Noche as queer, POC spaces shutter

Remembering Esta Noche as queer, POC spaces shutter

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Apr 15, 2020

The long illustrious life of the Mission bar Esta Noche, its recent closure and the more recent loss of Club BnB marks a loss of LGBTQ People of Color venues.

Keeping nightlife alive: Event producers adjust, go virtual

Keeping nightlife alive: Event producers adjust, go virtual

  • by David-Elijah Nahmod
  • Apr 7, 2020

The arts and nightlife communities have been hit particularly hard, with venues including Oasis and Manny's in San Francisco and The Alice Collective in Oakland seeing their revenue streams disappear overnight.

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

Bestie Bars - Closed for business, but open in our hearts

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

With the closure of bars due to Covid-19, reading about which bars are best in the Bay Area according to our readers may be a bit like looking through the window of a candy shop when it's closed.

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

Bestie events: Days and nights of future, past

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Apr 2, 2020

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. Celebrating the past year and with an eye toward the future, let's bring on this year's Bestie-winning events.

We miss the nightlife: Bestie talented people

We miss the nightlife: Bestie talented people

  • by Jim Gladstone
  • Apr 2, 2020

What would queer San Francisco be without our nocturnal animals, the revelers and entertainers and service stars? Let's raise a glass (make it a double), to this year's Nightlife People Bestie winners.

Charlotte Coleman: Gay bar superstar: lesbian entrepreneur's 45 years of success

Charlotte Coleman: Gay bar superstar: lesbian entrepreneur's 45 years of success

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Mar 25, 2020

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.

Virus pauses California LGBT nightlife

Virus pauses California LGBT nightlife

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Mar 18, 2020

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.

BoyBar @ Midnight Sun

BoyBar @ Midnight Sun

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Mar 10, 2020

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.

A view from Aunt Charlie's

A view from Aunt Charlie's

  • by Vilen Gabrielyan
  • Mar 10, 2020

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.

Big Glass Half-full - LGBT life in the Fillmore of the 1950s and '60s

Big Glass Half-full - LGBT life in the Fillmore of the 1950s and '60s

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Feb 19, 2020

"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!"

Bar Crawl @ SoMa bars

Bar Crawl @ SoMa bars

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Feb 19, 2020

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.

Nightlife Events  Feb. 6-13, 2020

Nightlife Events Feb. 6-13, 2020

  • by Events Editor
  • Feb 5, 2020

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!