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Big Top Brunch at Beaux

Big Top Brunch at Beaux

  • Mar 2, 2021

Beaux's Sunday Big Top Brunch entertained outdoor patrons on Feb. 28 as glam drag performers strutted their lip-synching stuff, and photographer Steven Underhill caught some fun moments.

Daytime nightlife in the Castro

Daytime nightlife in the Castro

  • Feb 15, 2021

Castro nightlife is back, sort of, including brunch drag shows outside The Edge bar.

Bathhouses, Eagle landmark could boost SOMA LGBTQ district

Bathhouses, Eagle landmark could boost SOMA LGBTQ district

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 27, 2021

The giant leather pride flag that flew over the nearly finished Eagle Plaza in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood was so frayed by the wind that it was quietly removed late last year.

San Francisco supervisor panel backs request to landmark gay-owned Eagle bar

San Francisco supervisor panel backs request to landmark gay-owned Eagle bar

  • by Matthew S. Bajko
  • Jan 25, 2021

The members of a San Francisco supervisors' panel are recommending that their colleagues start the process to landmark a gay-owned bar in the city's South of Market district.

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.