Nightlife

Wine Bar in The Castro & Noe Valley

Swirl

Other Castro bars are niche driven, but this wine shop–bar has universal appeal: reliably delicious wine at fair prices in friendly company. Come as you are – pinstripes or leather, gay, straight or whatever – to to…
Cafe in The Castro & Noe Valley

Cafe Flore

You haven't done the Castro till you've idled on the sun-drenched patio at the Flore – everyone winds up here sooner or later. Weekdays present the best chance to meet neighborhood regulars, who colonize the tables …
Gay in The Castro & Noe Valley

Twin Peaks Tavern

Don't call it the glass coffin. Show some respect: Twin Peaks was the world's first gay bar with windows open to the street. The jovial crowd skews (way) over 40, but they're not chicken hawks (or they wouldn't ha…
Gay in The Castro & Noe Valley

Blackbird

The Castro's first-choice lounge-bar draws an unpretentious mix of guys in tight T-shirts and their gal pals for seasonally changing cocktails made with bitters and tinctures, good wine and craft beer by the glass, …
Cocktail Bar in The Castro & Noe Valley

Aatxe

Well, hello, sailor: inspired Navy-strength gin cocktails strike up conversation for you at the Castro's classiest continental joint. No need to navigate the tongue-twisting menu – just Basque in the afterglow of sa…
Sports Bar in The Castro & Noe Valley

HiTops

If you thought homosexuality and team sports were incompatible, you haven't spent Sunday at Castro's first gay sports bar doing shots with softball leaguers, scarfing down fries and screaming at giant-screen TVs. It…
Gay & Lesbian in The Castro & Noe Valley

Beaux

Part lounge, part dance bar, Beaux has a changing lineup of live entertainment, theme nights and DJ parties, including Pussy Party Wednesdays (for the ladies), Throwback Thursdays ('80s night), Manimal Fridays (pluc…
Bar in The Castro & Noe Valley

Hecho Cantina

Big, loud and fun, Hecho crafts great drinks and good Mexican cooking ideal for sharing, but the high tables and metal bar stools make clear that this is principally a bar – the food, however good, is secondary. Its…
Gay in The Castro & Noe Valley

Moby Dick

The name over-promises, but not regarding the giant fish tank behind the bar, which provides a focal point for shy boys who would otherwise look at their shoes. Weekdays it's a mellow spot for pool, pinball and meet…
Cafe in The Castro & Noe Valley

Hearth Coffee Roasters

At the F-Market terminus, Hearth is an ideal place to wait for the train on a foggy day, with a strong cup of single-origin house-roasted coffee or a big glass of Californian wine. Mornings they make outstanding pas…