Sometimes, your parents are right. And in the service industry, “the customer is always right.” Here’s a recap of the preferred nightlife selections from the April 2013 Best of the Gays readers poll, published in the ‘Bay Area Reporter’ (our parent publication).
San Francisco’s Tenderloin is roughly bounded by Market, Mason, Geary, and Van Ness. It has a rap sheet dating back to the Gold Rush. By the Roaring 1920s, it had become infamous for its nightlife, jazz clubs, and vice dens. Mocambo was one of those 1970s joints.
After nearly two years, legal real estate wranglings, liquor license hassles and lots of renovations, the rumors became true, and the historic San Francisco favorite, The Eagle Tavern, finally re-opened on March 2, 2013.
More of a celebration, and less of a wake, the last weeks of Marlena’s the historic and intimate Hayes Valley bar grew to a series of crowded boisterous celebrations. On the same weekend that the Eagle Tavern re-opened, after 22 years, on March 3, 2013, Marlena’s closed.
Five years to the day after it opened, Kok Bar, previously known as Chaps II, will close on March 30. Co-owner David Morgan, who ran the bar with Steven Abramson, said that the license was expected to transfer to the new owners on April 1.
If the recent re-opening to the San Francisco Eagle Tavern seemed like a big deal, compare it to the bar’s original grand opening. Like the re-opening, the bar’s first premiere endured delays and rumors of openings, from New Year’s Eve 1980 to its eventual opening in April 1981.
The Balcony at 2166 Market Street, by Duboce Triangle, near Sanchez, was a great location. It drew both Castro clones and grittier Folsom leatherfolk. It was opened in 1977 by Larry Beech and a silent partner from Madrid, together with managers Terry and Barry.
The Dinah, the annual huge party in Palm Springs, is set to give women what they have come to expect, with amazing shows by emerging artists, the best female comedians, celesbians, and its signature pool parties and white party.