Aunt Charlie's Lounge

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Aunt Charlie's Lounge
Photograph: Courtesy Alyssa Pereira
Aunt Charlie's Lounge

The first thing to know about Aunt Charlie's is that it's on one of the worst blocks of the Tenderloin, but if you're willing to brave junkies slumped in doorways outside, you'll be rewarded with a glimpse of the San Francisco underground. This tiny pink-lit cocktail lounge, with postage-stamp-sized stage, is the de facto club house of retirement-age drag queens, and on Friday and Saturday nights, the Hot Boxxx Girls perform knock-out reviews (reservations advised). Bring singles and plan to tip every girl. Thursday nights after 10pm, it becomes a dance club, called Tubesteak Connection, and local-legend DJ Bus Station John spins disco and early house, schooling the children on the history of gay club music.


Venue name: Aunt Charlie's Lounge
Address: 133 Turk St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Taylor and Jones Sts
Opening hours: Mon, Wed noon–midnight; Tue, Thu noon–2am; Fri noon–1am; Sat 10am–1am; Sun 10am–midnight
Transport: Metro to Powell / Bus 5, 6, 9, 16X, 21, 31, 71
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