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A Quick Guide to San Francisco for Visitors


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440 Castro
Formerly known as Daddy's, 440 Castro is one of two leather bars in the Castro.  Located on Castro Street near the Castro MUNI station, it's never a sure bet which nights will be busy.  On weekends the crowd often travels between Daddy's and the Edge.   440 Castro often hosts special events, check the San Francisco Leather Calendar for details. 

440 Castro Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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Chaps Bar
Opened in 2008, Chaps is San Francisco's newest leather bar.  Chaps is owned and operated by two leather enthusiasts well known for producing monthly Men in Gear events which encourage lathermen to come out in droves.   Chaps Bar often hosts special events, check the San Francisco Leather Calendar for details. 

1225 Folsom Street - between 8th & 9th
Neighborhood: South of Market
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The Edge
The Edge is located at the corner of 18th and Collingwood, one block from Castro Street and two blocks from Daddy's.  The Edge is a popular happy hour spot and you'll often find a decent crowd in the late afternoon. 

4149 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Eagle Tavern
The Eagle is best known for having the best Sunday afternoon beer bust.  During the summer it is the place to see and be seen.  Sunday  beers busts run from 1500-1800 and are often hosted by community groups.  Visit the San Francisco Leather Calendar for upcoming events.  The Eagle has ample motorcycle parking and bikers get drink specials when they bring a  helmet.  California law prohibits smoking in bar.  The Eagle has a large outdoor patio with heaters so you can smoke as much as you like. 

398 12th Street
Neighborhood: SoMA
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The Hole in the Wall
If you prefer dirty, sketchy bars with equally sketchy clientele, then visit The Hole in the Wall.   Public sex with raunchy patrons is commonplace and roaches of both types abound. 

239 8th Street
Neighborhood: SoMA
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The Lone Star Saloon
Located two blocks from The Eagle Tavern the Lone Star Saloon is a favorite bear watering hole.  The Sunday afternoon beer bust crowd moves to the Lone Star Saloon after the festivities end at the Eagle Tavern.

1354 Harrison
Neighborhood: SoMA
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The Powerhouse
S/M at the Powerhouse largely means "stand and model".  The Powerhouse is popular and draws a good crowd.  The back patio/deck often functions as a "backroom" where pants and knees drop to the ground. 

1347 Folsom
Neighborhood: SoMA
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Gay Bars in the Castro
440 Castro
440 Castro is one of two leather bars in the Castro.  Located on Castro Street near the Castro MUNI station, it's never a sure bet which nights will be busy.  On weekends the crowd often travels between 440 and the Edge. Although you'll find people dressed in leather, it generally isn't a venue to find serious S/M players.  440 Castro often hosts special events, check the San Francisco Leather Calendar for details. 

440 Castro Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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Badlands
One of the only bars in the Castro with a dance floor, Badlands is popular with circuit party boys.  The bar charges a cover on weekends and you will wait in line to get in. 

4121 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Bar on Castro
Located next door to Daddy's, the Bar on Castro is popular on weekends.  It features a tiny dance floor and a small patio adjoining Castro Street.

456 Castro Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Cafe
Located on the second floor, the Cafe features a lively crowd, a balcony with a great view of the street and a dance floor.  Popular on the weekend, you'll often find a line for admission.

2367 Market Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Edge
The Edge is located at the corner of 18th and Collingwood, one block from Castro Street and two blocks from Daddy's.  The Edge is a popular happy hour spot and you'll often find a decent crowd in the late afternoon.  Check out the Thursday night Basket Contests.

4149 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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Harvey's
Harvey's is the most recent incarnation of the Castro's famous Elephant Walk.  Harvey's features huge windows looking out on the busy intersection of Castro and 18th Streets.  From your bar stool you can watch the gay boys, homeless and straight tourists wandering through the Castro.  Harvey's cutish waitstaff also serve bar-quality food.

500 Castro Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Midnight Sun
The Midnight Sun is a popular video bar.  The bar features popular gay shows and music videos.

4067 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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Moby Dick
Extensively remodeled in 2003, Moby Dick has shaken off its backwater image and is a popular local video bar.  During the week, you'll find locals playing pool and pinball.  Weekends are crowded with boys on the Castro bar circuit.

4049 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Men's Room
The Men's Room is a tiny cubicle just outside the range of most Castro bar hopping.  Small and unassuming, it is popular with a loyal band of locals.

3988 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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The Mix
Formerly known as Uncle Bert's, the Mix has been renovated and reopened to attract a slightly more upscale clientele.  Uncle Berts was famous for a patio where inhaled chemicals were as popular as those in a glass.  We haven't heard whether or not this is true of the Mix.

4086 18th Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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Twin Peaks
The Twin Peaks was the first gay bar in the United States to feature windows where the clientele could be seen by outsiders.  Considered a milestone in the history of the gay rights movement, the Twin Peaks is often referred to as the "Glass Coffin" as it attracts a older group of patrons.  It is comfortable, warm and a great place to watch the boys on Castro Street.

401 Castro Street
Neighborhood: Castro
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San Francisco Gay Sex Clubs
Note to visitors about bathhouses and sex clubs in San Francisco:

In response to the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the San Francisco Health Department banned bathhouses in the city. Sex clubs are still legal but do not provide private spaces secluded from interlopers or prying eyes.  (Bathhouses traditionally rent private rooms, sex clubs do not.)  All of the locations listed below are sex clubs. If you value the privacy of a bathhouse, we recommend you consider Steamworks in  Berkeley. Be advised, because there are no bathhouses in San Francisco, Steamworks often has a long wait on the weekends.

We highly recommend the San Francisco Sex Information website.  Questions about fisting?  BDSM?  STDs?  SFSI can answer them all..

Eros
Eros is the only sex club near the Castro (unless you count Beck's Motor Lodge).  Located directly across from Safeway, Eros features multiple floors, theme rooms and theme nights. 

2051 Market Street
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Blow Buddies
Blow Buddies is an enormously popular sex club famous for theme nights such as Underwear Buddies, Leather Buddies and Bondage Buddies.  You'll find a listing of the theme nights on our San Francisco Leather Calendar.

933 Harrison
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Mack Folsom Prison
Located in the South of Market Area close to many leather bars, Folsom Prison caters to the leather and SM crowd.  Recent management changes purged the old, rather nasty staff and the club is now reported as one of the more popular venues.   If you have visited Mack Folsom Prison post a note and tell us your thoughts.

1285 Folsom Street
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The Power Exchange
The Power Exchange is the largest sex club in San Francisco.  The club caters to all persuasions and has some gay-only areas.  The Power Exchange often hosts special events.  Check our San Francisco Leather Calendar for details.

74 Otis Street


 
San Francisco Leather Stores and Merchants
A Taste of Leather
1285 Folsom Street
Autoerotica
Used porn and sex toys.

4084 18th Street

Cold Steel
Piercing and body jewelry

2377 Market (in the Castro)

Gotham
Piercing and tattooing.

3991 17th Street (in the Castro)

Joe the Barber
Get your hair cut by Joe Gallagher, International Mister Leather 1996. 

2150 Market Street (in the Castro)

Mr. S
San Francisco's largest purveyor of leather and kink goods.  Mr. S features a large selection of high end good at equally high end prices.  Mr. S' tailors can custom design and create about any leather garment you want.

385 8th Street 

Stompers Boots
Mike and his crew know boots!  From off-the-shelf to custom fit, Stompers offers a huge selection of boots for everyone from Skinheads to bikers to chicks with a fetish.

323 10th Street
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San Francisco Leather Hotels
San Francisco does not have an exclusive leather hotel or bed and breakfast.  The city is very tolerant and you can stay (and wear) leather nearly anywhere. 
Becks Motor Lodge
Very popular location just a block from Castro and has guest parking.  Beck's is very cruisey hotel where open doors and balconies invite sex, but it's not a place to bring your parents from Wisconsin.  (Beck's installed access gates in 2006 to reduce cruising...so maybe it is safe to bring mom and dad.)

2222 Market Street
415.621.8212 

Best Western Motor Inn
Close to the popular leather bars.  This hotel sells out for Folsom and Gay Pride.

9th & Harrison 
415.621.2826

The Inn on Castro
A very nice bed and breakfast on Castro street.  Ask for the downstairs room - it has a private, dungeon-like entrance from the street.

321 Castro Street
 415.861.0321

The Willows Bed and Breakfast
Recommended by several local leatherman.

710 14th Street
415.431.4770

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