7 iconic San Francisco queer bars that we love outside the famous Castro 'hood

San Francisco's Castro District is a world-class destination visited every year by throngs, which is, well, totally ok and welcome. But sometimes you want a break from the thumping beats of video bars, the throngs of go-go boys and the shouts of "YASS KWEENS" during happy hour.

To guide you to destinations outside the rainbow sidewalks but equally prideful, here's a list of gay haunts in the Foggy City that stretch beyond the 'stro.

No dance floors or sweaty, shirtless bodies (darn!), this list is for casual goodtimes off the beaten LGBTQ path.

The Cinch Saloon

This is bar in in San Francisco's original gayborhood, Polk-Gulch

The Cinch Saloon

Dive bar in Polk-Gulch
1723 Polk St. San Francisco

Aunt Charlie's Lounge

A hole in the wall at the edge of Tenderloin, there's never a dull moment here.

Aunt Charlie's Lounge

Nightly drag performances
133 Turk St. San Francisco

The Stud

This oldie but goody is kitchy with charming knick-knacks from wall to wall.

The Stud

Campy, iconic dive bar in SoMa
399 9th St. San Francisco

Lone Star Saloon

Located on Folsom Street, this bar tends to be less rowdy than the neighboring hotspots.

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Lone Star Saloon

Bears, bikers and beers outside
1354 Harrison St. San Francisco

Trax

Haight-Ashbury's gay dive bar that's equal parts hippie and hipster.

Trax

Cheap drinks near Haight-Ashbury
1437 Haight St. San Francisco

Gangway

The oldest gay bar in San Francisco. It's a divey good time.

Gangway

SF's oldest gay bar
841 Larkin St. San Francisco

Bloodhound

Between Embarcadero, Folsom Street, and Castro, divey Bloodhound is perfect after a day of wandering.

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Bloodhound

Casual bar near Mid-Market
1145 Folsom St San Francisco
By Tony Taylor