This kitschy SF Mission District club features a drag show on Friday nights and rotating programs on Saturdays. Architecturally, the Stud is a saloon-style bar decorated with bric-a-brac, glamour mirrors, a small stage, and a cage with room enough for two dancers.
Fondly known as the "White Ho," the White Horse Inn is one of the oldest gay bars in the country. Built in 1936, the white building at the corner of 66th and Telegraph with a flag of a horse draped out front and cigarette butts like confetti on the sidewalk doesn't appear to echo much of its rich past. But inside, the bar is a lively place and welcoming to all walks of life, with a big-screen TV playing continuous karaoke and a single pool table to fight over underneath. Three nights of the week, DJs spin a variety of dance, Top 40, and hip-hop; in addition, there's lively karaoke every Monday and Tuesday nights, drag shows on Wednesdays, and breast cancer charity bingo games Thursday afternoons. No cover charge on Thursdays, otherwise it ranges from $5-$10.
Comprised of a lounge, subterranean dance club, bar, and restaurant and staffed by Asian gender-illusionists, who double as performers hourly. The second Friday of each month DJs Floorcraft, Iyad, and John Andrew spin progressive, tribal, and tech-house with special guests, no cover; Ladies Night Out every third Friday of the month with an all-male revue, $10 before midnight; and drum 'n' bass with DJ M and guests on the fourth Friday, $8 presale. Style Saturdays 10 p.m.-3 a.m. on the green laser dance floor with hip-hop, R&B and top 40's, $10; also on Saturdays is Club Boonda with DJs Pause and Smooth Doctor No, no cover. Kitchen serves Asian fusion with special prix-fixe menus. Keep your eye on the dragon, and reserve your table online.
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. The Friday night Latin Explosion party moved with the name to this Uptown location, (though other Bench and Bar favorites remain at what is now Club 21 a few blocks away), 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.
1220 has been a mainstay of gay nightlife in Contra Costa for three decades. Along with billiards and a red-upholstered lounge area, this club hosts DJs on Fridays and Saturdays, and regular karaoke and drag events.
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.
San Francisco's famous transgender bar features $3 martini specials each Monday and live dancing nearly every night.