Last updated on November 10th, 2020
Anyone that wants to learn more about the best gay and lesbian bars or clubs in San Francisco will definitely do so if they read this. We will also cover topics like mixed clubs, trans bars, drag shows, the Castro gayborhood and more in this LGBT nightlife guide!
There are a wide variety of annual and more frequent pride events that we will also tell you about. And obviously we will need to dive deep into the best LGBT dating sites since that is how most of us end up meeting new people these days.
Basically we will just list everything we can think of and let you choose your own adventure. By the way we have covered tons of cities around the Western US if you want to learn about some other towns, including Oakland right across the bay.
Best LGBT Bars & Clubs In San Francisco
Let’s start this off with a list of the best mixed LGBT bars and nightclubs in San Francisco:
- The Cafe at 2369 Market St
- Toad Hall at 4146 18th St
- AsiaSF at 201 9th St
- The Edge at 4149 18th St
- The Mix at 4086 18th St
- Midnight Sun at 4067 18th St
- Last Call at 18th St
- Hi Tops at 2247 Market St
- The Stud at 399 9th St
- Beaux at 2344 Market St
- Oasis at 298 11th St
- Powerhouse 1347 Folsom St
- Q Bar at 456 Castro St
- Twin Peaks Tavern at 401 Castro St
- Jolene’s Bar at 2700 16th St
Best Gay Bars & Clubs
If you are looking for gay bars and clubs in San Francisco for men to meet men the above list is full of opportunities. We used to live in a world where things were far less inclusive, but these days most venues around Castro have become more LGBT friendly instead of being strictly gay bars.
Best Lesbian Bars & Clubs in San Francisco
Many would consider Jolene’s and Q Bar to be the lesbian bars in San Francisco for women to meet women. With that said things are so inclusive these days that you can head to many spots in the Castro gayborhood and have success. For what it is worth Tuesday is ladies night at Q Bar which is worth knowing.
Drag Shows & Trans Bars
Even in a city like this one there still are not trans bars in San Francisco, but you can find drag shows that may help you locate ts near you at:
- RPDR M&M Munros at Midnight Sun on Mondays
- The Hot Box Drag Show at Aunt Charlie’s on Fridays & Saturdays
- Drag Shows at Daytime Realness
- Drag Shows at Hamburger Mary’s
- Drag Shows at Oasis
We know the scene here pretty well if we may say so, but we cover way too many cities to have a more intimate knowledge on all of them than the local experts. Our goal is to keep our lists as up to date as possible but we need your help to do so.
It would be great if you could use the comments section to let us know if you notice anything dated.
Many of these gay or lesbian bars and clubs can be found in the LGBT nightlife area of the Castro District. This world famous gayborhood should offer all you need and more.
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Weekly, Monthly, & Pride Events
Here are some of the best LGBT events that occur on a weekly or monthly basis:
- VAMP Mondays at Beaux
- Cockshot Tuesday at Beaux
- Vice Tuesdays at Q Bar is a lesbian ladies night
- Castro Karaoke at Midnight Sun on Wednesdays
- Uhaul SF at Jolene’s Bar every Friday
And there are plenty of pride events plus other LGBT events throughout the year like:
- San Francisco’s Pride Festival
- Castro Street Fair on the first weekend in October
- Up Your Alley Street Fair in July
- Folsom Street Fair in September
- Frameline43 – The King of Queer Film Festivals
Best LGBT Dating Sites
Many of our younger readers may not realize that trying to find other LGBT people near you for dating or hook ups was a lot more work than it is now. Gay or lesbian bars were pretty much your only choice, but thankfully that is no longer the case.
We have no idea what your current status is, and frankly it doesn’t matter, but we are pretty sure that there are some people reading this who may not want to have their photos taken at a gay bar and posted on social media. For the past fifteen years the biggest hook up site on the planet has been Adult Friend Finder and that won’t be changing any time soon.
They actually have a wide variety of sites in their network which some may not know. Their main site to use to find gay men near you to hook up with is Men Nation and there are probably more guys using it then you would expect.
It combines all of the users on all the sites across their network which are not only straight and LGBT but also include swingers and numerous types of kinks and fetishes. So if you want fast m4m hook ups with hot guys use Men Nation, and for f4f hook ups use Lesbian Personals.
MyTransgenderDate is the last site we want to tell you about and it is the biggest transgender dating site on the planet. Trans dating in San Francisco has never been more possible than it is right now as more ts near you are living the life they want to live.
The San Francisco LGBT nightlife has just been covered in full. You read all about mixed, gay, or lesbian bars and clubs plus drag shows to party with trans and all sorts of LGBT dating sites plus the Castro gayborhood. We hope you make the most of the information at hand.