Halloween on Polk Street 1975

It was Friday, October 31, 1975. My first Halloween in San Francisco. I’d just dropped a bundle on black leather chaps from Hard On Leathers on Polk and a Muir motorcycle cap from A Taste of Leather on Folsom.

40’s a Cinch

The Cinch is currently the only gay bar on Polk Street, or one of the few, if you count the gay-friendly spaces. This is from a high which numbered between 20 and 30 venues in the neighborhood during Harvey Milk’s era.

BARchive: Freedom

It was Gay Freedom Day; Sunday, June 27, 1976. Things were very different then; very different.

Mark Up

Upon entering Mark’s Bar you are transported: the blue of the walls and the glass panels with iris behind the bar make you feel as if perhaps you have entered some cousin of Li Po on Polk Street.

Halloween Weekend Events

Friday, Saturday, Sunday! Enjoy three nights of howlingly hilarious costumed camp for Bay Area gayliens, terror trannies and lezombies.

Feel the Vibrations

For the sexually creative set, “most sex toys to some degree can be thought of as co-gender,” said Good Vibrations’ resident sexpert Dr. Carol Queen recently about sex toys. And it turns out any couple of any gender or orientation can really use a few.

Go Bang
@ Deco Lounge

The newest gay-mixed dance night of atomic dancefloor disco action is monthly and has moved back to the Deco Lounge. And they’ve got new talent! DJ Said offers a soulful African house mix, DJs Carnitas, Brown Amy, Hard French style Tal M Klein, Kimmy LeFunk and Mr. Fabulous, plus hosts Steve Fabus, Sergio and Stanley Frank.

Chicken Strip @ The Cinch

Juanita Fajita brings her frisky and unpredictable male strip contest to The Cinch every Friday night.

Cary Brothers, Harper Blynn @ Red Devil Lounge

Pleasant rock. Is that a genre? Cary Brothers’ music offers a good dose of low-key passion, nods to emo without getting over-indulgent, and just sounds good. Harper Blynn opens. Check out these musicians at the cool Polk District club.

Bearracuda @ DNA Lounge

Four big years ago, Bearracuda set up shop in a Tenderloin piano bar with carpeted floors and pre-civil war CD players. At the end of 2010, Bearracuda will have been in 10 cities in the U.S. and across the pond! On Friday, August 13, celebrate four great years in San Francisco.

Snap-a-licious @ Deco Lounge

Ginger Snap’s monthly drag show continues to bring in the local talent and devoted fans, with acts by Turleen, Fruitbomb, Ida Slapter, Jada Halston and others fab queens.

Woodford’s 40s Bash
@ Regency Center Lodge Room

Enjoy a fantastic retro dance night the gay-friendly way, with same-sex dancing and lessons (7pm), cocktails, hors d’eouvres, Stompy Jones and Veronica Klaus, Suppository Spelling, La Garza, Tweaka Turner, La Malinche, Mama Dora and many more.

Depart Deco

Deco Lounge, a gay bar just blocks from San Francisco City Hall, is looking to relocate after fire department officials notified its owners they could only safely allow 49 customers inside.

Afternoon Delight @ Deco Lounge

Afternoon music mix with DJ Pirate and mixologist Kurt. 4pm-8pm.


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