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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!

Super Bowl Viewing @ The Detour

Super Bowl Viewing @ The Detour

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Feb 5, 2020

With City Hall and Salesforce Tower lit up in 49ers red and gold, hopes were high on February 2 with football fans at Super Bowl viewings across the Bay Area, including the game-filled Detour (2200 Market St.).

10th annual readers' poll starts

10th annual readers' poll starts

  • by Cynthia Laird
  • Jan 29, 2020

This year marks the 10th annual Bay Area Reporter readers' poll, the Besties, and voting begins Thursday, January 30.

Moby Dick Bar

Moby Dick Bar

  • by Steven Underhill
  • Jan 22, 2020

Moby Dick, the longtime Castro district's favored bar for casual gatherings, pinball and pool, is also notable for its beautiful aquarium above the bar.

Leather or bust: Sipping up suds at Sunday's 'gay church'

Leather or bust: Sipping up suds at Sunday's 'gay church'

  • by Race Bannon
  • Jan 15, 2020

Ask a local San Francisco leather person what they're doing on a Sunday afternoon and you'll often here them say they're going to the beer bust. That typically means the weekly Sunday SF Eagle beer bust.

Nightlife Events  Dec. 26, 2019 — Jan. 2, 2020

Nightlife Events Dec. 26, 2019 — Jan. 2, 2020

  • by Events Editor
  • Dec 23, 2019

Are you ready for a new year of nightlife fun? It's arriving, ready or not. Will our '20s be roaring with flappers and bootleg gin? Doubtful. More like floppers on TikTok and bootleg vapes. Either way, Happy New Year.