BARtab :: Bars

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 50-year bar history

BARchive: Gay love in the Haight; a 50-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.

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 :: 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.

Are Leather Titles Necessary?

Are Leather Titles Necessary?

  • by Race Bannon
  • Feb 7, 2015

On Wednesday, January 28, the San Francisco Leathermen's Discussion Group (LDG) hosted a panel discussion named "Are Leather Titles Necessary?" at the SF LGBT Center.