May 2019: Let our updated list of the best LGBTQ bars in San Francisco and Oakland guide you as you plan for upcoming Pride festivities or any day of the year. Whether you are looking for a friendly lesbian bar (the brand new Jolene's in the Mission, #3 on our list), an epic queer Sunday beer bust (#8, SF Eagle), a balls-to-the-wall Latinx dance party (#11, Club 21) or a drag show dripping with talent (#1, Oasis), we've narrowed down the options to the best of the best.
San Francisco—home of the country's first openly gay elected official (Harvey Milk), birthplace of the rainbow flag, the first city in the United States to legalize gay marriage and host of the best damn Pride parade in the country—remains a major LGBTQ epicenter. Which means, there's tons of gay bars in San Francisco. At these LGBTQ spots, San Francisco night clubs and only-in-SF fetish fests, genders and sexual-orientations of all stripes are welcome.
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