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Queer bars' extraordinary fund list

Queer bars' extraordinary fund list

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Jan 10, 2021

Despite our astoundingly difficult times, fans and patrons of LGBTQ Bay Area bars and nightclubs were extraordinarily generous to multiple fundraising efforts in 2020, donating nearly $400,000. You can still donate to help your favorite venues survive.

Twin Peaks Tavern reaches $100K fundraiser goal (Updated)

Twin Peaks Tavern reaches $100K fundraiser goal (Updated)

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 30, 2020

The historic Twin Peaks Tavern, a landmark gay bar on Castro and Market streets, has succeeded in its campaign to raise $100,000 to keep the struggling bar open and pay its staff. But more funds are needed in these difficult financial times.

Martuni's sells wines, aprons, shirts for quick gifts

Martuni's sells wines, aprons, shirts for quick gifts

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Dec 20, 2020

Get a taste of those fun cabaret shows at Martuni's that we miss so much. The popular martini bar is making do in difficult times by selling a cute variety of gifts items.

Election night(life) watch parties

Election night(life) watch parties

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Nov 1, 2020

Want to ease the anxiety of the upcoming election? Some nightclubs and organizations without political affiliations will host online —and in-person— watch parties and related events. Here's a quick roundup to consider for your evening's choices.

Castro cocktails

Castro cocktails

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Oct 26, 2020

With parklets for many bars and restaurants, Castro businesses are gaining back patrons and fans. On October 25, Militia Scunt (photo by Rick Gerharter) performed on the sidewalk on Castro Street during a drag benefit for clothing shop Knobs.

Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

Rediscovering 'Mother Camp' - Esther Newton, Skip Arnold and drag anthropology in the 1960s

  • by Michael Flanagan
  • Oct 13, 2020

Skip Arnold's historic drag act became one of many fascinating anthropological subjects by scholar Esther Newton, whose groundbreaking dissertation, once ignored, has found new readers.

Lone Star Saloon offers '500 Club' membership fundraiser

Lone Star Saloon offers '500 Club' membership fundraiser

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 20, 2020

As we endure the pandemic, many local businesses have not been able to re-open. Some are innovating with unusual ways to find support. For the popular South of Market bear bar, it's a new membership club, which includes a handmade gift and other perks.

B.A.R. launches memberships

B.A.R. launches memberships

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Sep 18, 2020

In a continuing effort to receive support from readers, the Bay Area Reporter has launched its membership program.

SF LGBTQ bar El Rio awarded HRC, Showtime grant

SF LGBTQ bar El Rio awarded HRC, Showtime grant

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Sep 15, 2020

The queer-owned bar El Rio in San Francisco's Mission district is receiving financial help from the cable network Showtime and national LGBTQ advocacy organization the Human Rights Campaign to keep its doors open.

A weekend in the Castro: businesses, re-opened

A weekend in the Castro: businesses, re-opened

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Sep 14, 2020

Visitors to the Castro district on Sunday Sept. 13 enjoyed outdoor dining, drinks and shopping at local stores. Safety and health precautions were heeded as patrons enjoyed themselves while supporting local businesses.

What's the future of Bay Area nightlife? Talks series explores options

What's the future of Bay Area nightlife? Talks series explores options

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 30, 2020

What is the future of local LGBT nightlife and how can businesses, employees and patrons continue to stay active in pandemic times? This and other questions were discussed in the first Queer Nightlife Fund talks series, held online, of course.

SOMA developers work with leather district as hearing nears

SOMA developers work with leather district as hearing nears

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Aug 19, 2020

The San Francisco Planning Commission will hold a hearing next month to determine whether to require sound proofing for a housing project at 1560 Folsom Street — adjacent to the LGBTQ-themed bar and nightclub Oasis.

Oasis reopens rooftop bar; D'Arcy Drollinger becomes sole owner

Oasis reopens rooftop bar; D'Arcy Drollinger becomes sole owner

  • by Jim Provenzano
  • Aug 11, 2020

Good news for nightlife fans. Oasis, the popular SoMa nightclub, announced plans to re-open its rooftop bar on August 14, with proper social distancing rules in effect Fridays through Sundays. D'Arcy Drollinger is also now the sole owner of the nightclub.

SF Castro's Badlands to close permanently

SF Castro's Badlands to close permanently

  • by John Ferrannini
  • Jul 30, 2020

The Castro nightclub Badlands at 4121 18th Street will not be reopening, according to a post on its Facebook page.