Pride San Francisco 2009

  • staffodl

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    Jun 22, 2009 5:27 PM GMT
    Ok, so I will be going to pride in San Fran, and it will be my first time there. I will be going with two bi/ lesbian friends, and our hotel is right by the parade route but its a little ways from where all the festivities will be. My question is, is that I have never been to San Francisco, so what is the best way to get around? And I am looking for suggestions on where to go for the best night life, and in general what are the best things to see while we are there for 3 days. Any info or secrets would be greatly appreciated for this first timer. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 22, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
    staffodl saidOk, so I will be going to pride in San Fran, and it will be my first time there. I will be going with two bi/ lesbian friends, and our hotel is right by the parade route but its a little ways from where all the festivities will be. My question is, is that I have never been to San Francisco, so what is the best way to get around? And I am looking for suggestions on where to go for the best night life, and in general what are the best things to see while we are there for 3 days. Any info or secrets would be greatly appreciated for this first timer. icon_biggrin.gif


    Hey man, welcome to San Fran for Pride 2009. icon_biggrin.gif

    . best way to get around is either by Muni train or buses around SF or walking on foot. Parking is bad here during pride. Take the Blue Super Shuttle when you arrived by air - to the city (cost about $15).
    . best clubs here are (in my opinions) - Badlands, Trigger, The Bar, Moby Dick, Colossus (Underwear Party), Toad Hall, The Midnight Sun, Eight Lounge, Club Dragon...some are located around the Castro, be sure to pick up a SF guide or one of those gay SF guide.
    . best thing/attractions to see - Japantown, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman Wharf/Pier 39, Alcatraz, Market St/Downtown, Union Square in downtown, AT&T Park in SoMa, Civic Center/City Hall, Castro gay area, TwinPeaks! (just some suggestions).
    . Not sure so much about secrets or infos - just enjoy yourself and your stay during pride. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 22, 2009 6:41 PM GMT
    Kinda wish I was going...I would need to get more fit and more financially secure for such a big trip!
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    SexySwimmer got it right regarding getting around the city.
    If you are going to South of Market and you are located on the parade route. Take a cab to get to the clubs in the South of Market area.
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:40 PM GMT
    see my favorite bars post! AND make sure and hit dolores park. the end up, while not my favorite spot, is historic and open late. (last call here is quarter to two)

    parking is a nightmare-- public tansport and walking are your friends.
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Robadob said
    public transport and walking are your friends.


    Yeah, SF has some of the best public transport you will ever find.
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    Jun 22, 2009 7:47 PM GMT
    Flying into SFO take the BART! Best way to get around. Ride that to the Civic center then jump on the Muni and ride that straight into the Castro!
    Remember to pick up a route map so you dont get confused.

    San Fran has some of the best public transportation in the US. Dont waste your money by renting a car or taking taxi's/shuttles. Getting around the ciy once you are there be sure to take the historical trollies.
  • jeffper1

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    Jun 22, 2009 8:23 PM GMT
    if you are close to market st. or staying on market street...then you have half of your job done. all is within walking distance....just remember, if you are not used to hills....legs can get tired. lots don't notice however...too enthralled by sights and sounds.

    cab ride from south/market to castro....prob 10 dollars. don't let the cabbies get off track......know what you are doing and where you are going...study your maps.

    the mission....mexican........chinatown.....chinese.....(next to) north beach....
    italian.......(next to) fisherman's wharf.......fish......!!!!

    the new aquarium just opened...suppposed to be one of the best in the world.... they all say that. it's in golden gate park.....

    i like dancing at badlands.....in the castro. don't get caught up only in the castro however....you can waste away there and not even know it. there are a million bars there.

    most of all.....have fun....sf is more than bars and gays.....it's a true city of the world.

    btw...when you exit airport....look up the hills....i live there in san bruno...i will wave to you
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    Jun 22, 2009 8:57 PM GMT
    http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mmaps/official.htm

    MUNI maps, study them before you get here so you at least have some idea of how to get to different parts of the city. Everyone is right, all you really need is public transportation. Taking BART into the city from the airport is probably cheapest.

    http://www.bart.gov/index.aspx

    But if you would rather take a door-to-door van, here are some websites and numbers to call...

    http://www.flysfo.com/web/page/tofrom/transp-serv/dtd/

    If you don't already know about it, there's the Pink Party at the Castro the night before the Pride Parade. It's almost what Halloween used to be like in the Castro, minus the annoying straight people.As far as anything else you might want to see, there's plenty at Golden Gate Park: you have the Japanese Tea Garden, the botanical gardens, The California Academy of Sciences, the Conservatory of Flowers, the De Young Art Museum. I don't know if you're interested in anything of that sort.
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    Jun 22, 2009 9:52 PM GMT
    Hints:

    1. DO NOT CALL San Francisco San Fran or Frisco!
    2. Study those MUNI maps!
    3. DO NOT go to Chinatown for Chinese Food, hell avoid it if at ALL possible.
    4. Castro is the lump of where the gay bars are and they have a variety of "scenes" from twink bars to Daddy/Leather bars and everything in between, just depends on your scene.
    5. Sat and Sun nights will have HUGE dance parties of that's your scene.
    6. Bring a back-pack so you can "carry" stuff with you
    7. There's a heat wave coming this weekend so the weather should be AWESOME, sunblock!


    Anything else, feel free to send me an email.....
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    Jun 22, 2009 9:55 PM GMT
    a1972guy saidHints:

    1. DO NOT CALL San Francisco San Fran or Frisco!
    2. Study those MUNI maps!
    3. DO NOT go to Chinatown for Chinese Food, hell avoid it if at ALL possible.
    4. Castro is the lump of where the gay bars are and they have a variety of "scenes" from twink bars to Daddy/Leather bars and everything in between, just depends on your scene.
    5. Sat and Sun nights will have HUGE dance parties of that's your scene.
    6. Bring a back-pack so you can "carry" stuff with you
    7. There's a heat wave coming this weekend so the weather should be AWESOME, sunblock!


    Anything else, feel free to send me an email.....


    OH YEAH!! If you're pee shy, careful! A LOT of the bars here are troughs....
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:06 PM GMT
    Don't miss Frank Chu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Chu), who will always appear where there is a large gathering. I'm sure he'll be at the Civic Center Sat and Sunday after the parade. He's one of my most favorite people in the city, and is representative of a long tradition of well-meaning lunacy that is a big part of what defines San Francisco. A modern Emperor Norton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_A._Norton).

    Oh, and if you know what's good for you, avoid Fisherman's Wharf and The Badlands like they were the bubonic plague. Just sayin.

    And the previous reference to "the aquarium" that just opened is actually the California Academy of Sciences (http://www.calacademy.org/), which is worth a trip, as is Golden Gate Park in general (like Manhattan's Central Park, but ours is bigger, with an Ocean on one side of it ;)
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:24 PM GMT
    As a backpacker from the UK, I stopped at San Francisco several times in my lifetime. My last visit was in 1995, and I stayed at a hostel in Market Street - the Grand Central Hostel. Transportation was straightforward. On a couple of occasions I hired a bicycle from the hostel. Cycling through the deserted streets of the city one early Sunday morning was great fun! Another time I used the cable car, just for the novelty of it (and typical of a true British man, I sat formally on the seat well inside the car - not standing half out on the edge of the vehicle, as others were doing. How my friends teased me for this after returning home!)
    But the hostel lived up to its name. Grand Central was at a location that was easy to reach to any part of the city by foot. Places included all the sites listed in the posts above - Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 etc.
    But as for Gay Pride, I have to admit that I have never been to one anywhere in the world. Had I've been at S.F. or Sydney, Australia - while one was on, I would have joined in.
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:32 PM GMT

    If you are going with any lesbians, then I recommend the Dyke march and rally on Saturday in Dolores Park and ending up in the Castro with the Pink party. Great mixed crowd and shoulder to shoulder gaiety. All the Castro bars open up and pour out into the streets for Pink. It is a huge part of pride for me and I will definitely be there, probably leading around a big group of friends (cause I have the crowd control voice).
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    Jun 22, 2009 10:56 PM GMT
    i have to disagree with 1972guy with regards to chinese food.

    he was kind to steer you the fuck away from chhina town for a myriad of reasons not least of all the greasy, nasty, criminally overpriced food.

    but if you want some bomb dim sum you should really think about brunching in the sunset/ richmond (en route to the beach!)

    my favorite spot is tom kiang, geary and 23rd

    you will find the best of all other asian food (with the exception of japanese) in the aves as well.

    and good on bradysf for recommending dyke march (and trans march!) they are lots of fun and way less corporate.
  • inmidair

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    Jun 22, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    The only time I went to Ton Kiang, we were told that we could haven't certain foods because there were "too many white people in our party."

    There are plenty of more well-deserving places to eat in the city.
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    Jun 22, 2009 11:49 PM GMT
    that's funny. unbelievable, really.

    our family friends, the friends who introduced us to ton kiang, are aryan nation white and they are treated like family there.

    i also can't imagine a server interfering with her/his own gratuity.

    sorry you and yours felt persecuted, but i stand by my recommendation. ton kiang is DELISH!
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    Jun 23, 2009 12:11 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]Robadob said[/cite]

    but if you want some bomb dim sum you should really think about brunching in the sunset/ richmond (en route to the beach!)

    my favorite spot is tom kiang, geary and 23rd

    you will find the best of all other asian food (with the exception of japanese) in the aves as well.

    /quote]

    THIS is what I'm talkin' about!!!
  • staffodl

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    Jun 23, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for the great advise, im sure it will be a good trip. Maybe ill see a few of you there. I’m always open for a good tour guide ;) And yes the MUNI looks insane, I am not used to public transportation, so it should prove interesting. Thanks again!
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    Jun 23, 2009 9:03 PM GMT
    DO NOT CALL San Francisco San Fran or Frisco!

    This will cause the natives to go wild and forget their peace loving.
  • jeffper1

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    Jun 26, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    awww...you can call san francisco frisco...just a name.....sometimes we thing to highly of ourselves

    chinese food.....if you see alot of chinese in a chinese resturant.....no matter where....the food must be good...but remember, chinese have secret codes.....they don't order what is on the menu...that is for the rest of us...who want greasy gravy food (don't get upset...i am asian and my boys are half chinese)

    i don't ride half off the cable cars.....it's worse than a roller coaster ride...and you have no belts...except your clinging hands......

    sf is a walking town...as i said earlier.....get your legs ready...you have no choice but to walk where is is not a bus, taxi etc

    muni goes all over.....every other street has a line going down it....however, and this is where your legs come into play.....there is a hill to get to that line. sf is hilly....but there is alot flat....just remember, when you think you see flat....you actually see incline
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    Jun 26, 2009 9:47 PM GMT


    CAN'T WE JUST ENJOY PRIDE WEEKEND.........icon_rolleyes.gif