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Photograph: Courtesy Beaux

Laser-cut wood screens, distressed leather sofas and polished brass decorate the Castro's spiffiest-looking bar, which by night becomes the neighborhood's first-choice dance club. There's a changing lineup of events every night of the week (with excellent drink specials), including homo-disco circus Sundays, hip-hop twerking Mondays, piano-bar performances on Tuesdays, beer-pong Wednesdays, and '90s-dance-party Thursdays. But the big events happen weekends, especially Friday night's "Manimal," when go-go boys dance on platforms and everyone shakes. Snag a spot on one of the snug sofas on the upstairs mezzanine for the best views of sweaty flesh. There's a $3 cover Friday and Saturday nights.


Venue name: Beaux
Address: 2344 Market St
San Francisco

Cross street: beween Castro and Noe Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Metro to Castro / Bus 24, 35, 37,
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