Twin Peaks Tavern

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Twin Peaks Tavern
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Twin Peaks Bar, 17th & Castro

Blinking rainbow-colored chase lights conspicuously mark the front door of Twin Peaks, the world's first gay bar with windows opening onto the street. Anchoring the plaza beneath the giant rainbow flag that waves over the intersection of Market and Castro Streets, the place is a fishbowl. From the street, you can see everyone inside—and everyone inside is over 40, earning it the nickname "the Glass Coffin." But who cares? The bar is quiet enough for proper conversation, ideal for a hand of cards over a round of martinis, or drinks with friends following a movie film at next door's Castro Theatre. Sooner or later, everyone winds up here.


Venue name: Twin Peaks Tavern
Address: 401 Castro St
San Francisco

Cross street: at 17th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed noon–2am; Thu–Sat 8am–2am; Sun 10am–2am
Transport: Metro to Castro
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