It’s a rag-tag, come-as-you-are kind of town that’s short on huge dance-y madness and big on small-scale hipness. What it lacks in glamour it definitely makes up for in great music, unstressful scenes and trendsetting gaiety. Below is a basic overview of the parties that go down in this pretty city on a regular basis.
Come on. No one goes out on weekends anymore. And Mondays are hard with nothing to look forward to, so check out this recently relocated DIY drag fest, featuring a craft table, good music and many a drunken cool kid in a borrowed wig.
Manic Mondays @ Bar on Church
Church & 14th
Mondays, 8PM – 2AM, $2
When you offer 80-cent well drinks, expect the kids to show up in droves, even if it is a Monday night.
Juanita MORE! and the MOREboys can always be counted on to bring out the cuties and cool kids at this mid-week dance party, while beloved Sword portrait photographer Brandon Norris shoots your new Facebook photo in the back room.
Brain Farts @ The Lookout
Market Street @ Noe
Wednesdays 7:30 – 10:30
Dork out on some way gay trivia with co-hostesses Pollo Del Mar and Bebe Sweetbriar at this weekly pub trivia night in the Castro. Drunk fags and their hags in attendence tend to take their trivia pretty seriously, so come armed with at least one friend who hasn’t melted their memories with crack.
Frat House @ 440
440 Castro Street
Wednesdays, 9PM – 2AM, $2
The name says it all. Oh, and they sometimes have a midget selling beer bongs and usually a skinny go-go twink who looks like he could use a sandwich, and tox screen.
Miss Nixx and Lady Bear bring you a pool party. As in billiards, not water. And they’ve got $6 Long Island Iced Teas. Made with Soju, not Vodka. (No liquor license.) But that’s cool! $4 Jumbo Tavern Dogs and $2 Miller Lite drafts are all you’ll need.
The unofficial after-party for those jittery, sex-crazed alcoholics we love to cuddlefuck.
Charlie Horse @ The Cinch
1723 Polk Street (bet. Clay & Washington) 10 PM, show at 12.
It’s a hike if you don’t live in the Russian Hill/Nob Hill/’Loin vicinity, and with hostess Anna Conda and a bevy of part-time trannies this is the most rock-n-roll that drag gets. Free, with half-price drinks before 11.
Black Friday @ Cat Club
1190 Folsom Street Third Fridays – 10PM
DJs Pee Play, Sex Wax and Randy bring this new monthly, every 3rd Friday, featuring electro, 80s, and indie-type stuff.
Cock Fight @ Underground SF
424 Haight St 2nd Saturdays – 10PM – 3AM
It’s finally here! A new party we can really get behind, featuring a locker room theme, slutty go-gos and the musical stylings of DJ Earworm. Brought to you by the brilliant mind behind 2004/5′s Faggot.
Manquake @ The Gangway
841 Larkin Street 4th Saturday – 9PM, $5
DJ Bus Station John hosts this monthly party in the TenderPolk, where the alterna-gays nudge aside the colorful cast of elderly regulars to order cheap drinks and nod to the 70s and 80s beats. The dancefloor at the back always reminds of a suburban basement family room, minus Dad’s golf trophies.
Social Club @ The Lookout
16th & Noe (at Market) 9PM, $4
They call it “Sophisticated Saturdays” and they encourage ties and such, but let’s just say there are a lot of polo shirts and t-shirts and while it’s definitely a cute crowd, it’s also turning into a very Cafe-ish, twentysomething crowd indistinguishable from Boy Bar or Frat House. That said, it’s way more tolerable than most of the shitshow that is the Castro on a Saturday. $4.
Get your dollar bills ready and get there early (they’ve been turning folks away lately) as the girls pull out all the stops–and at least five costume changes apiece–at this old-school dragztravaganza. Tips are a definite must and Gina LaDivina is sure to blow you away. $5 …read more