Fond Farewells

It was a bittersweet farewell to Tinker’s Damn, the South Bay’s oldest gay bar, throughout the weekend of March 28 to 30. Upward of an estimated 400 guests came out to have one last drink and say goodbye to Tinker’s Damn, perhaps the oldest gay bar in Santa Clara.

On the Town: Best Bets

The Drag Queens of Comedy invaded the Castro Theatre on March 29 and laughter has been reverberating throughout the Castro neighborhood ever since. Donna Sachet also attended many other notable nights out, and offers a heads-up on upcoming events.

Shooting Stars

It’s not often that we showcase ourselves and our hard-working colleagues, but the Bay Area Reporter’s fourth annual Besties celebration, held at Besties-winning The CafĂ©, saw staff, columnists, photographers and designers schmoozing with local elected officials (and some hopeful candidates), along with local winning bartenders and restauranteurs.

Besties: Bars

There is nothing quite as much fun as exploring other people’s favorite bars. Here’s a roundup of your best picks, the Besties Bars.

Besties: Bartenders

Being a popular bartender takes a combination of skills; efficiency, a friendly attitude and a lot of hard work. Fortunately, readers voted in a rare three-way tie in our Besties this year. This trio of affable bartenders shared a little about their lives behind the bar, and away from it.

Shooting Stars

Our showcase of Besties winners starts off with the popular bar Blackbird, which won for both Best Gay/Gay-Friendly Bar and Best Place for Mixed Drinks.

On the Tab, April 3-10, 2014

We celebrate the best of the Bay Area this week, and each week, yours truly selects the best of possible outings, events, and whatever washes up between my oceans of spam email.

Paddy Parties

Whether you’re celebrating Irish heritage or the moving from darkness into light and the green that spring will bring, there are a number of places to celebrate Celtic Pride in the Bay Area this year.


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