What to do in SF for a night?

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    Aug 08, 2009 8:16 AM GMT
    I will be in San Francisco this Friday night and I was wondering what people would recommend doing?

    Anyone have any suggestions for where to stay? Where to go out?

    Thanks!
  • AdmNaismith

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    Aug 09, 2009 2:06 AM GMT
    You can hit the bars in the Castro and SOMA

    Blow Buddies is a reasonably sure thing afterwards.

    SF can be oddly quiet at night, what with all the kids hokkin' up on-line now, and all.
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    Aug 09, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
    what do you mean by "sure thing" if I may ask?
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    Aug 09, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    If you like a loud dive-bar that serves nothing but excellent beer then go to The Toronado on Haight.

  • FlashDrive

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    Aug 09, 2009 3:04 AM GMT
    i recommend stay in the parker guest house.
    we had a good time there years ago.

    http://www.parkerguesthouse.com/

    bars are plenty but we enjoyed 'badlands' the most.
  • t0theheights

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    Aug 12, 2009 9:00 AM GMT
    xjohnson7x saidI will be in San Francisco this Friday night and I was wondering what people would recommend doing?

    Anyone have any suggestions for where to stay? Where to go out?

    Thanks!


    If you're looking for young guys (<30) on Fri. night, try Lookout and Trigger. Cafe also may be open (if it's done being remodeled) and if so, that should be awesome. Badlands is also pretty good. (The Metro is now closed and was replaced by Lookout, which is much younger and more popular.)

    Everything else is generally pretty crowded on Fridays but the crowd is usually a little old and/or alternative and/or just plain ugly for my taste.
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    Aug 12, 2009 12:17 PM GMT
    it was a few years ago but my bf and i had a great night dancing at badlands! fun music, no attitude, hot looking crowd -- the perfect SF night out. good luck.
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    You can't go wrong anywhere in the Castro. You can always go to Waterworks for fun. A little seeder but I find fun is the Knob Hill Theater.
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    I dont know the name of the actual club... but there's and event on Friday or Saturday nights called Boybar... I think the name of the club is 'the cafe' and its pretty fun. icon_smile.gif Its right on the corner, basically of Market and Castro Sts.

    I've had several drunk nights there with friends. haha. good times.
  • t0theheights

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    Aug 14, 2009 3:54 AM GMT
    xjohnson7x saidI will be in San Francisco this Friday night and I was wondering what people would recommend doing?

    Anyone have any suggestions for where to stay? Where to go out?

    Thanks!


    Cafe is open apparently and should be very good, in addition to Lookout, Trigger, and Badlands.
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    Aug 14, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    Avoid the Castro, it's generally more a bar hopping kinda locale.

    If you're in San Francisco make the most of it, head out to Dolores Park for a view of the city. Swing into the Metreon, visit the SFMOMA, people watch in Pacifica, eat in the Haight/Ashbury District, etc...

    Again, the Castro is tired and predictable, try something more interesting.
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    Aug 14, 2009 4:06 AM GMT
    "Again, the Castro is tired and predictable, try something more interesting."

    To you and I it maybe...but maybe its not if you are visiting from Lacey , Washington for a weekend.

    PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM BLOW BUDDIES. An STD is not the San Francisco Souvenier you want to take back.
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    Aug 14, 2009 4:09 AM GMT
    Even still, there are so many more things to do in the city which wouldn't disappoint.

    One gay bar [city to city] is still, a gay bar.

    San Francisco [as a city] is unique, why not sample its offerings?
  • FlashDrive

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    Aug 14, 2009 4:13 AM GMT
    if you are like me, hardly have a chance to visit sf, castro is a must.
    to avoid castro is like going to paris to avoid eiffel tower, going to texas to avoid cowboy bars.. i don't get it.
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    Aug 14, 2009 4:42 AM GMT
    . . . have dinner at Canteen, and then walk a few blocks to the theatre district (near Union Square) and see a show . . .
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    Aug 14, 2009 5:03 AM GMT
    UCLA ... he asked where to go OUT. I'm assuming bar hopping was kind of the plan. icon_rolleyes.gif

    The Castro is quintessential San Francisco ... not only as an icon as the world's best known gay neighborhood, but also for it's history as a beacon for LGBT activism. I advise against Badlands. It's kinda played out. Trigger is pretty good, and I dig the Lookout, for locale if nothing else. Cafe is going to be fun because they've recently remodeled and there's a party called "Boy Bar" on Friday, so it'll be packed.

    All of those bars are right off of Castro on Market Street.

    I've never stayed at a hotel in SF, so ... I can't help on that front.

    For things to do, just get out and start walking. Fisherman's Wharf, Ghirardelli Square, Coit Tower, all the stores in the Financial District, Golden Gate Park (which has the Japanese Tea Gardens and the De Young Museum). Really, there's a shitload to do, so ... condensing it into one day is going to be impossible. Rather, decide what kind of things you want to see and go from there.

    Good luck, have fun, and play safe! icon_smile.gif
  • Koaa2

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    Aug 14, 2009 6:28 AM GMT
    There is a good restaurnat in Castro called Catch. Great place, mixed, on Market off Castro.

    I always stay at Becks in Castro. Not the best, but location is great, and has parking, which I use, as drive there. Love going to Peets across the street for coffee. Can be cruisy sometimes also, with other gay guys staying there.

    I tend to like the Midnight Sun Video Bar in the Castro, younger crowd, no dancing, but some good music and laughs.

    Eros, bath house can be fun, very near Castro on Market, across from Safeway. It tends to a safe sex crowd, so you might enjoy that.

    Just walking around the Castro can be fun. I used to live there, so feel it is like home to me.

    There is a lot do otherwise in SF, just depends on your interests, how long you are there for, and what you want to spend.

    Have fun.


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    Aug 14, 2009 6:42 AM GMT
    ha, check out Club Trigger, Boy Bar at the Cafe on Friday nite is packed.
    Club Dragon on Folsom (Eight Lounge) is having a wet underwear contest tomorrow night. icon_biggrin.gif Stay in any hotel downtown is cool - I heard the Mosser is nice.
  • Koaa2

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    Aug 18, 2009 2:19 PM GMT
    What did you end up doing? Did you have a good time?
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    Aug 18, 2009 3:22 PM GMT
    I'm taking my b.f. to SF for his first visit and here are some things I'd like to do:

    * Take a small suite facing the park at the Huntington
    * Breakfast at the Stanford Court
    * A game of tennis at the Alice Marble Tennis Courts on Russian Hill
    * Walk the Russian Hill steps - studying landscape and architecture
    * Do the walk from Ft. Mason to Ft. Point (under the G. G. Bridge)
    * Catch some rays / kick back on the lawn at the Palace of Fine Arts
    * Back to the Huntington / get refreshed at the Spa
    * Get dressed and go watch it get dark from the Top of the Mark
    * Dinner at one of the corner booths at the Big Four
    * After dinner concert at the Rrazz Room
    * An evening of bliss high atop Nob Hill - finally falling asleep together.icon_cool.gif
  • Koaa2

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    Aug 19, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidI'm taking my b.f. to SF for his first visit and here are some things I'd like to do:

    * Take a small suite facing the park at the Huntington
    * Breakfast at the Stanford Court
    * A game of tennis at the Alice Marble Tennis Courts on Russian Hill
    * Walk the Russian Hill steps - studying landscape and architecture
    * Do the walk from Ft. Mason to Ft. Point (under the G. G. Bridge)
    * Catch some rays / kick back on the lawn at the Palace of Fine Arts
    * Back to the Huntington / get refreshed at the Spa
    * Get dressed and go watch it get dark from the Top of the Mark
    * Dinner at one of the corner booths at the Big Four
    * After dinner concert at the Rrazz Room
    * An evening of bliss high atop Nob Hill - finally falling asleep together.icon_cool.gif


    Go for lunch at the Garden Court Restaurant, in the Palace Hotel, one of the most beautiful restaurants you will ever see. They have a fabulous Sunday Brunch if you are there on a Sunday.
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    Aug 20, 2009 4:28 AM GMT
    Koaa2 suggests:
    Go for lunch at the Garden Court Restaurant, in the Palace Hotel, one of the most beautiful restaurants you will ever see. They have a fabulous Sunday Brunch if you are there on a Sunday.[/quote]

    A great idea.........I haven't been there since the 90's. One of the best hotels around......thanks for this great suggestion!