Midnight Sun

The Castro
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Midnight Sun
Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/WHardcastle
Bar decor at the Midnight Sun

The Castro's long-running black-box video bar has been open for more than 40 years, and had been largely forgotten until a total makeover in 2014, which put it back on the A-list. Now crowds of bears and sexy guys in tight tees queue up for the nightly happy hour, especially on Fridays, when if you don't arrive by 6pm you won't get in. After dark, it's especially great when popular TV shows air—most notably RuPaul's Drag Race—and on Mondays nights, when the ever-charming former Drag Race contestant Honey Mahogany hosts a 10:30pm show ($3 – but in true SF spirit, no one is turned away for lack of funds).


Venue name: Midnight Sun
Address: 4067 18th St
San Francisco

Cross street: between Hartford and Castro Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 2pm–2am; Sat, Sun 1pm–2am
Transport: Bus 24, 33, 35
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