Bear it All

Returning for its third year, SF Bear Weekend promises a chance for fun and frolic with all sorts of bears, cubs, and other creatures. Planned for the weekend are a series of bar nights, beer busts, dance parties, and other events designed to carry on San Francisco’s bear traditions.

Beaux

The Castro district’s newest gay bar opened with a splash in early October, and fans are already filling the former space of Trigger, The Detour and other bars.

Pilsner Pride

The Pilsner Inn has been called a Castro gay bar. But from its inception, The Pilsner has been considered by many patrons as an easy-going neighborhood tavern known for its wide selection of beer.

Hi Tops

New gay and straight-friendly bar in the Castro, with a cheery sports theme, multiple TV screens to watch games, a bright relaxed decor, and a tasty beer-friendly menu of eats.

Cupid’s Bow-ner

Valentine’s Day and related romantic events this month may be enough for lovey-dovey gays. But what about single horndogs looking for lust in all the right places? Fortunately, a variety of slutty events at Bay Area venues offer a frisky feast of options this month.

App-e 2CU

These days, there’s a whole new world of flirting and pickups out there. When it comes to using your phone to geo-locate nearby gays, a host of contenders compete for your clickability. Some nightclubs even have special events devoted to cell phone hook-ups, er, “social networking.”

Raising the Bar

Carl and Jeff are just one of the countless heart-warming successes to emerge from Castro bars. Despite a reputation for cheesy pickup lines and one-night stands, gay bars also have a rich history of bringing men together in lifelong bonds.

Cupidity: Valentine’s Events

If candy hearts, chocolates and bouquets of flowers aren’t your style, consider some unusual February events focusing on romance for singles, couples and, well, whatever combination shoots that arrow through your heart.

New Year’s Eve Events

New Year’s parties can be hilarious fun or a horrid nightmare. While pretty much every bar -gay, straight or undecided- will have some sort of New Year’s celebrations, we’ve chosen the gayest, most festive, and a few straight parties with a cool queer edge.

Big Gay Holiday
Party @ Temple

Right in the middle of the Holiday season, Dot249, the new LGBT national networking group, brings a night of no agendas and no speeches, just an evening of joy and good cheer with proceeds benefiting LGBT groups dot429, GLAAD, NCLR, Reason to Party, and Startout, an and open bar benefiting you.

Mr. Big Top @ Club Eight

The first ever Mr. Big Top Pageant is, well, actually a sexy wet underwear contest. The biggest wiener, er, winner takes home over $500 in cash and prizes, and the audience gets to vote.

BARtab Issue #5 Party -
Locker Room @ Chaps II

Photographer Steven Underhill, who shot our gorgeous cover image for BARtab #5, stopped by Chaps II for Locker Room, Sept. 2, which was also the BARtab “Leather & Sex” issue #5 premiere party for BARtab. Gift cards from Good Vibrations and five pairs of tickets to the Scissor Sisters concert (Sept 12 at Oakland’s Fox Theatre) were randomly handed in a fun raffle.

Laid’s Back

If you’re in the mood to make some new friends and have a good time, you’re in luck: despite a citywide crackdown on bathhouses in the early 80s, San Francisco still boasts a healthy stable of saunas, theaters, and dungeons.

Bi the Way

San Francisco offers bisexuals heading out for a night on the town many entertaining options, with a slight exception, an emerging nightlife scene by and for bisexual and non-monogamous individuals.


 

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