|Gay Friendly Travel Guide to San Francisco
San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, with steep hills, a mix of Victorian and modern architecture, and some famous
attractions - including the Golden Gate Bridge, a network of cable cars, Chinatown, and the former prison island of Alcatraz.
San Francisco is surrounded on three sides by water, so the weather here is dominated by the cool currents of the Pacific Ocean,
which ensure a mild year-round climate with very little difference between summer and winter temperatures.
For general sight-seeing, we recommend historic Fisherman's Wharf, The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, take a cable car
ride from Fisherman's Wharf to Nob Hill, visit Chinatown, Golden Gate park, The Marina District, San Francisco Zoo, The Aquarium
of The Bay at Pier 39, go shopping in Union Square & Union Street, plus countless art-galleries and museums.
Gay San Francisco
Beyond a doubt, the Castro district provides the most popular San Francisco gay attractions. Here rainbow flags, colourful
Victorian houses, fine restaurants, trendy shops and a buzzing nightlife combine to create the a perfect LGBT village.
But the Castro is not the only gay scene in the City.
Gay-friendly bars, clubs, and restaurants can be found all over San Francisco.
Best Gay bars in San Francisco
The Lexington Club - Extremely popular lesbian bar.
440 Castro - Popular bar with nice outdoor patio. Leather, jeans, bears. Mixed crowd at weekends.
The Café - One of the longest running gay bar/cafes in SF. Gay men & lesbian crowd. Good fun.
Badlands - iconic SF gay dance bar. Always packed. Generally younger crowd.
Powerhouse - Cruise bar with dark room and patio.
Aunt Charlie's - Drag bar. Great fun. Attracts transgender crowd.
The Eagle Tavern - Leather, denim, bear bar.
Lone Star Saloon - Possibly the world's most famous bear bar.
Saunas & Clubs
Eros - Steam & Sex "palace". Steam, sauna, showers, lockers, and a maze of bunk beds and play areas.
Blow Buddies - Popular safe-sex club.
Mack Folsom Prison - Hard-core sex club and bath-house.
Nob Hill Adult Theater - Live gay nude shows.