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Music The Castro
3 out of 5 stars
Photograph: Alyssa Pereira Badlands

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Barely 21 suburbanites, drenched in scent and sporting the latest in designer-label knock-offs, queue up beside chicken hawks to pack into this flashy video bar, one of two places in the Castro with a dance floor. Blinking lights and a spinning disco ball compete with ear-splittingly loud music, ranging from popular hip hop to early 1990s diva favorites, with occasional house beats thrown in for good measure. "Watch your wallet and phone," warns a sign outside, not because Badlands is dangerous, but because so many people get shitfaced on the generous drink specials, then lose track of their things. The line outside provides a chance to glimpse a cross-section of who's inside, sparing you the potential $3 weekend cover.



Address: 4121 18th St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Castro and Collingwood Sts
Transport: Bus 24, 33, 35
Opening hours: Daily 3pm–2am
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