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A super friendly community of neighbors who wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Tags: Gay, nightlife, dancing, activism, pride, colorful, Victorian architecture, clean, community
The Castro Highlights:
- Take a minute to get acquainted with the Castro by taking a seat in Jane Warner Plaza.
- As the epicenter for gay rights and pride, make sure to visit the GLBT Museum for some historical context. $5/ticket.
- The Castro Theater is one of the city’s favorite movie theaters, and SF’s historic building #100. Check out the calendar for their monthly sing-a-longs, one of the most uniquely San Francisco events ($16 gets you a ticket and a bag of party favors).
- Window shop: walk around and look at all the cleverly named stores in Castro (Ex: Does Your Mother Know). Make sure to check out my favorite hardware shop, Cliff’s Variety, one of the few businesses along Castro that have been around since the 1970s.
- Hot Cookie: Consider buying their underwear for a fun souvenir. Insider’s tip: buy the “day-old” cookies for only $.90, rather than $2.50.
- Local Take: a boutique shop to buy local souvenirs.
- Twin Peaks Tavern is a great option for a drink to watch the Castro walk by.
The Castro Nightlife: Comprised mostly of high-energy gay bars and dance floors, but friendly to all.
- The Lookout: Awesome outdoor porch that overlooks Market Street.
- Badlands: Dancing, gay bar, an institution. Dance a long with the streaming music videos.
- The Mix: Fun neighborhood bar with great outside patio.
- Toadhall: Dancing, gay bar, good happy hour.
- Hightops: A new-ish sports bar.
- Churchill: Bordering the Mission neighborhood, this bar has hipster vibes and serves delicious cocktails in mason jars.
- Woodhouse Fish Company
- MaMa Ji’s
- Sushi Time
- Ike’s Place
- Kitchen Story: Popular for brunch
- Réveille Coffee Co.