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Bars, Clubs & Coffeehouses: Gay Bars

With eight full bars, a billiards room, smoking lounge, and multiple dance floors, it's easy to believe Bench and Bar's claim to the title of the Bay Area's biggest gay and lesbian dance club. Fridays have a soul happy hour from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturdays is Club Rimshot, a hip-hop and R&B LGBT party. Other nights are a mix of dance, house, and Latin music. Free wi-fi and a daily happy hour cater to the after-work crowd.

Cousin to the nearby Bench and Bar, Club 21 attracts regulars from around the Bay Area with its embrace of everything gay and south of the border. Its capacious dance parlor is home to the annual Gay Vaquero pageant, and "La Bota Loca," a Saturday-night Mexican cowboy fiesta. Don't be surprised to see straight couples sharing the dance floor too, drawn to the live fifteen-piece brass band. Pool tables, free wi-fi, Latin karaoke on Wednesdays, and Thursday and Friday happy hours round out the attractions.

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