AdamSandel

Adam Sandel, 48M. Playwright, lyricist, arts journalist and host of "Happy Hour with Adam Sandel" on www.energytalkradio.com. College English Instructor (Composition, Literature, Mythology & Folklore)

San Francisco, California
Joined May 2009
182 Followers 177 Following

34 Loved Places

Listings

  • Badlands The Castro, San Francisco
  • 440 Castro The Castro, San Francisco
  • Last Call The Castro, San Francisco
  • Lookout Bar The Castro, San Francisco
  • Midnight Sun The Castro, San Francisco
  • Mix The Castro, San Francisco

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  • AdamSandel
    AdamSandel reviewed Last Call Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Hole. In the wall.
    Need I say more...?

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    AdamSandel reviewed Mix Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Local, fun, low-key
    You wanna go where everyone knows your name...

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    AdamSandel reviewed Moby Dick Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Poor fish
    Do you know anyone who looks good in blue or green lighting? I don't. And the aquarium fish look so unhappy....

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    AdamSandel reviewed Midnight Sun Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Look at me, dammit!
    I didn't wash and dry my tight jeans on HOT so you people could watch television! The non-stop music and TV videos make the clientele stare up at the screens like turkeys in the rain.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Toad Hall Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Badlands II - without the nervous twinks
    The atmosphere resembles Badlands (with the non-stop videos), but there's more variety, and a more casual feel here, especially on the smoking-optional patio -- which can be quite friendly... A decent place to dance -- before it gets too crowded.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Edge Over a year ago
    Hates it

    40+ crowd, but what's that smell...?
    Big strong drinks, which might help to counteract the well-worn crowd and that funky smell...

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    AdamSandel reviewed Badlands Over a year ago
    Hates it

    All Madonna all the time
    The only place to really dance in the Castro, Badlands is hopping every night of the week. Whether or not you like the video music, or the somewhat nervous gay boys and the fag hags who love them, or not, is up to you...

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    AdamSandel reviewed Harvey's Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Great location -- food and service, not so mcuh
    On the corner of Castro and 18th, Harvey's is SF gay ground zero. But food and service leave something to be desired.

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    AdamSandel reviewed 440 Castro Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Cruising for a bruising...
    Nice, friendly local hangout for the 40+ Levis crowd. Monday is underwear night, decent DJ music, but it's not always pretty. On weekends, everyone I meet is from New Jersey!

  • AdamSandel
    AdamSandel reviewed Highlands Resort Over a year ago
    Hates it

    You can be naked if you want, but no bar
    This is a quiet, secluded, clothing-optional gay resort with a pool. But some of us could use a cocktail! A bit of a walk to town and the gay hot spots.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Dawn Ranch Lodge Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Formerly known as Fife's
    The new management has forsaken the gay clientele that was once Fife's, in hopes of attracting a straight crowd for weddings, etc. But the breakfast / brunch menu is quite gourmet.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Riverlane Resort Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Quiet, convenient housekeeping cabins
    While not a gay-owned establishment, the Riverlane Resort is a gay-friendly, centrally-located collection of cabins (with full kitchens), with a pool and jacuzzi (season-permitting). It's a basic, nice place to stay that overlooks the Russian River -- and 1/2 block from Safeway. Many units have patios, BBQs and views of the river. Walking distance from the gay hot spots, but a quiet place to retire for the night.

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    AdamSandel reviewed The Woods Resort Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Naked if you want it
    The Woods is a very low-key, quiet, gay-friendly place to stay. You can choose from multi-room suites with kitchens to the budget-priced bunkhouse rooms (totally acceptable). The large pool is clothing-optional (I option for Speedos myself) and it can be a nice break from the Triple R scene which can be more lively and noisy. Great, friendly staff.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Buck's Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Old school roadhouse food with all the fixins
    Right between the Triple R and The Woods resort is a Guerneville institution called Buck's. If you're in the mood for a steak, seafood and pasta place where soup, salad, bread and entree are all included, check out Buck's. The prime rib dinner is great, and few items are more than $20. Even the top shelf cocktails are ridiculously under-priced. Nice, friendly, local waitstaff.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Rainbow Cattle Co. Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Good music, pool and those Long Island Iced Teas!
    The oldest gay bar in Guerneville, this is a spacious, friendly space with great Happy Hour specials and Long Island Iced Teas served in Mason jars (sip them slowly). Play pool, pinball or shuffleboard, hang out in the smoking patio, and unless I've been there recently you may stand a chance to score at the Entertainment Trivia game.

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    AdamSandel reviewed R3 Hotel Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Where everyone knows your name
    The Triple R bar is the gay epicenter of the Russian River. Whether you stay at the Russian River Resort or not, this is the place to hang out. Poolside service during the day makes it very convenient and the Bloody Marys are first rate. Evenings are non-stop karaoke (heavy on the Country Western tunes), except for the special events and performances which are a lot of fun, from Bruce Vilanch to Shirley Q. Liquor, drag shows and comics. Arthur (the boy toy bartender) is a doll, but the bodybuilder bartender with the pony tail (does he need a name?) is my boyfriend, so hands off! (Just kidding.)

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    AdamSandel reviewed Lookout Bar Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Sunday afternoon madness
    It's busy and loud on Sunday afternoon (get there before 3:00) with just as many hags as f--, oops, gays.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Blackbird Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Nice place!
    Nicely renovated, non-trendy and comfortable bar where you can actually carry on a conversation. Had a nice Sunday afternoon there, looking forward to checking it out at night.

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    AdamSandel reviewed C.C. Attle's Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Spacious, friendly and genuinely retro
    There's a great, friendly, community vibe at this mixed age place (20s-50s) that's been a gay bar for 30+ years. Two spacious bars, huge strong cocktails, kitchen open 'til midnight 7 days and no cover. Happy Hour ('til 8:30) is especially popular.

  • AdamSandel
    AdamSandel reviewed Seattle Eagle Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Dark and narrow
    A dark, cozy but narrow 2-level place with a pool table, DJ (but no dance floor), no-smoking patio and $3 cover (on Fri-Sat and for special events). Kinda sad.

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    AdamSandel reviewed The Cuff Complex Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Leather lite and dance place
    A large, open, casual and friendly complex with a mixed age crowd, leather shop and shoe shine. The big adjoining dance bar (closed Mon.) alternates between karaoke, country western and high energy dance nights ('til 3 AM on Fri-Sat). Like most Seattle bars it has a non-smoking patio (due to WA laws) and the $5 cover is reasonable.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Re-bar Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Not edgy, just grungy
    Kurt Cobain is dead and I don't pay no $8 cover for a run-down place like this.

  • AdamSandel
    AdamSandel reviewed R Place Over a year ago
    Hates it

    $7 cover charge?
    Multi-level, young-ish and trendy, but $7 to walk in the door? I don't think so.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Madison Pub Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Friendly sports-themed bar
    A very spacious sports-themed bar with a mixed age / race crowd, pool, darts, and a nice community feeling. No cover.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Garbo's Piano Bar Over a year ago
    Loves it

    A touch of class
    This is a high-end, comfortable piano bar. Great for hanging out with friends (you can actually hear each other) before or after dinner.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Los Amigos Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Lots of hookers, but what margaritas!
    This is a friendly, low-key hangout for older men and the hookers who admire them (or vice versa) but the cheap margaritas are big and strong!

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    AdamSandel reviewed Antropology Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Strippers and hookers
    This used to be a gay bar with strippers dancing on the bar, but now the strippers hustle the crowd very aggressively for drinks and a "private visit" upstairs. Great place for photo ops though...

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    AdamSandel reviewed Coco's Kitchen Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Great casual lunch place
    Very comfortable indoor/outdoor cafe with inexpensive roast chicken, burgers and salads.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Hotel Mercurio Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Small and pleasant
    This small gay place is pleasant in a glorified motel sort of way. Close to restaurants but a bit of a walk to the gay beach.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Blue Chairs Resort Over a year ago
    Hates it

    Go for the rooftop parties but skip the hotel
    While it's at the epicenter of gay Vallarta, the hotel itself is over-priced and not well-maintained. The nightly sunset rooftop parties and drag shows are fun, but you get more room for your money elsewhere.

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    AdamSandel reviewed Boana Torre-Malibu Over a year ago
    Loves it

    Affordable, relaxing and convenient
    This gay-friendly condo complex is just up the steps from the Blue Chairs Beach and is much more affordable than the Blue Chairs Hotel. The large pool area provides a nice break from the noise down on the beach and the staff treats everyone like family. The condos all have full kitchens and balconies with great views of the ocean. They range from very basic to nicely decorated, depending on who owns them. Floors 1-4 are the most quiet; higher-up than that you may get some traffic noise from the street above. It's an easy walk to the gay clubs, bars and restaurants.