raider3 saidFriend and I are staying at Parker House for 4 days.
What are some places in the Castro you recommend for out-of-towners in the Castro to eat and just hang out during the day?
Not a lot to do during the day in the Castro as far as 'hanging out'. I would recommend that you tour some of the places in SF (easy walking or taking the MUNI train most places). The MOMA in the south of Market area (SOMA), Asian Art Museum is in Civic Center. Golden Gate Park is always a good option with the DeYoung Museum (art), Academy of Science right across the plaza from the DeYoung, Botanical Gardens, Japanese Tea Gardens, National Aids Memorial (which everyone should try and visit, it's very peaceful and beautiful), Conservatory of Flowers. All of this is in the Park and can be easily walked. (http://www.golden-gate-park.com
[url]https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=museums+in+san+francisco&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&gws_rd=ssl[url] ----> Google search to list a bunch of museums to see.
As for places to eat, good bar food and drinks is the new sports bar on Market called Hi Tops. Right in the heart of the Castro there are many bars that tend to be 'theme' like (i.e.: video bar, leather/daddy bar, dance bar, etc). Most of the bar life is later between happy hour and later. Happy hour in the Castro generally runs from about 4pm until 8 or 9pm on week days and then after 9pm a younger crowd arrives and us old guys head home to bed! LOL
Email me if you have specific questions. Enjoy your visit!