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.

Arty Parties

San Francisco museums host a variety of special winter events where you can enjoy a little wine and cheese along with your highbrow, and sometimes lowbrow, culture. Several museums can be counted upon to enlighten your mind and spirit while you dance to some hot music and enjoy a few cocktails.

BARchive: Tri-ing Times

The first annual Memorial Day Charity Costume Tricycle Race, held May 29, 1972, combined a trike race, drag and funny costumes with alcohol. Expectedly, hilarity ensued.

Curtain Up!

Only in the past decade have local theatre and dance companies established ongoing gay-specific after-parties. It’s fun and a great way for companies to fill the house, and a great time for LGBT fans.

Through the Grapevine

Wine Country events are welcoming gay visitors like never before. With the harvest season upon us, daycations and weekend excursions to the gorgeously verdant Napa and Sonoma are ripe for the picking.

Picture Perfect

San Francisco’s plethora of museums and galleries offer not only visually, emotionally and intellectually stimulating exhibits, but a great dating alternative to bar-hopping.

Yule Tales

Memories of holidays past can come rushing back to warm or haunt you. BARtab asked some locals about their own heart-warming -and horrifying- memories of past holiday get-togethers.


Here comes Christmas one more time. But if you’re Jewish, Hindu, Wiccan, atheist, or Pastafarian, what’s to do? We’ve got you covered with our guide to non-Christmas Day fun.

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.

Get Lit

The marriage of booze and books goes back to the 1950s at Beat-era readings at North Beach bars like The Black Cat, The Cellar, and Vesuvio. That tradition is alive and well today with Litquake, Writers With Drinks, and other events.

Leather & Kink Events: September

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

Far Out

Gay vacations don’t always require plane fare or a long journey. They can be a mere bus, bike or car ride away, as recent events show. It just takes a little bit of initiative to party off the familiar path.

Superhero Street
Fair photos

by Jim Provenzano
We love a fun costume-themed party. And what better fun than dashing across town in superhero drag for an open-air party? The second annual Superhero Street Fair (July 10) was great for dancing, relaxing, posing and was also pet- and kid-friendly.
Local Hero Awards went to several active artists and nonprofits, including the [...]

Utopia: photos
by Steven Underhill

Hunks and hunkettes turned out to sun up and splash about at the July 11 Utopia, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel San Francisco Airport. photos by Steven Underhill.


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