Animal Planet

At the historic Stud bar, each month, hundreds of furries and allies gather for Frolic’s dancing, drinks and to strut custom costumes ranging from foxes, lions, and even a prehistoric bird that flapped his wings outside the bar.

Driftwood

The new “stray” bar at the former site of Kok, Chaps II, My Place and other historic gay bars offers an easygoing atmosphere and unique $9 cocktails.

Eats on Wheels

In addition to our beloved collection of well-known eateries, there are tons of places off the beaten path –or even not really on the path in the first place– to get a good plate of grub, usually accompanied by a cold beer or a cocktail to wash it all down.

Off-Track Bets

From dive bars to drag fun, bowling and food trucks and Truck, trendy fun can be had off the beaten path.

Athletic Supporters

The jovial nature of The Fog rugby players during our visit to The Lone Star Saloon represents one of the strong connections between a bar sponsor and a sports team.

Leather’s Burning Man

At the first Folsom Street Fair in 1984, leather culture changed. Leatherfolk fell out of dark bars and down Alice’s rabbit hole toward transparent afternoon light. We saw ourselves not mythic under the red bulbs of bars, but, like mad dogs and Englishmen, out in the noonday sun.

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.”

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.

Big Top @ Club Eight: photos

The festive monthly club night went hip hop with a Nicki Minaj tribute night. Drag shows and fun included Trannyshack guru Heklina as Hicki Minaj (and DJing upstairs), host Joshua J, numbers by Mercedez Munro, Charisma Glitterati, Mahlae, Manicure Versace, Robert Jeffrey, Kallisto, and on the main floor, DJ Josh Sparber from New York.

Pub Grub

Queers know where to dine. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the “gay mecca” is also a foodie paradise that offers a cornucopia of options to diverse palettes no matter what mood or time of day.

Trannyshack’s Lady Gaga Tribute @ DNA Lounge: video

Trannyshack Lady Gaga Tribute – September 24, 2010; DNA Lounge, San Francisco. A hilarious night of drag acts included some fun dance numbers, and a special performance by Sherry Vine.

Leather & Kink Events: September

Here are selected September leather and kink events, and nightclub events related to Folsom Street Fair. Enjoy!

Fair Play

Folsom Street Fair, the largest fetish fair in the world, and one of San Francisco’s biggest annual events, will fill South of Market’s streets with thousands of leather-clad people, and many wearing a lot less, on Sunday September 26. How do organizers manage such a big event?

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.


 

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