5 iconic San Francisco bars where you can enjoy a cocktail while soaking in queer history

There are more than 50 gays bars in the city by the bay. The range for neighborhood dives such as Moby Dick to New York-style dance clubs such as Beaux Bar.

But the city also features many watering holes that played key roles in nurturing the liberation movement and in creating safe places for outcasts even among our own community.

Check out this list, and pay homage to the past right here in the present. 

Twin Peaks Tavern

Twin Peaks Tavern

The original Castro bar
401 Castro St San Francisco

Powerhouse

Powerhouse

Dark, cruisy bar
1347 Folsom St. San Francisco

Diva's Nightclub & Bar

Diva's Nightclub & Bar

Transgender-friendly dance and drag bar
1081 Post St. San Francisco

Folsom Gulch

Folsom Gulch

Adult store and cruising
947 Folsom St. San Francisco

Hole in the Wall Saloon

Hole in the Wall Saloon

A rowdy good time
1369 Folsom St. San Francisco
By Chris Bull