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When the other SoMa bars are dead, there's always someone at Powerhouse, possibly the most popular gay bar in the city, perhaps because of its notorious back smokers' patio, where poppers provide an acrid counterpoint to cigarette smoke. DJs spin house most nights, and the shirtless crowd occasionally dances, especially on Fridays. Several nights a week, there's some sort of contest, whether a wet-jockstrap or smelly-armpit competition, promising free drinks and a hundred bucks to the winner. Thursday night's underwear party is always a scene. If you're looking to pick up, this is the place. Leave your girlfriends at home.


Venue name: Powerhouse
Address: 1347 Folsom St
San Francisco

Cross street: between 9th and 10th Sts
Opening hours: Daily 4pm–2am
Transport: Bus 9, 12, 47, 90, 91, 292, 397, KX
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