Party Earth Review "Leather daddies, bears, and muscle men, oh my!"– and the rainbow-brick road leads them all to Castro 440, one of the few watering holes in the neighborhood that caters specifically to the leather/bondage/kink scene... ... read full review
440 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
MUNI KT, L, M Lines: Metro Castro Station
Castro, San Francisco –
"Leather daddies, bears, and muscle men, oh my!"– and the rainbow-brick road leads them all to Castro 440, one of the few watering holes in the neighborhood that caters specifically to the leather/bondage/kink scene.
But while shirtless dudes with chest hair are habitually in attendance, 440’s daily specials and varied theme nights manage to attract a pretty diverse crowd, from curious straights to dance-happy post-grads cashing in on 2-for-1 cocktails and $2 beers.
A relaxed vibe dominates the early hours, with groups of friends sipping a few drafts and checking out the latest local art and whoever just walked in. Portraits of the smiling staff are also on display, while old-school pendant lamps cast what little light permeates the narrow space.
An old pinball machine tucked in one corner is rarely used – at least not for its intended purpose – and usually serves as a leaning table where newly minted couples get openly frisky as the night picks up. By the time DJs kick off the thumping dance music, the joint is usually shoulder to shoulder with big-armed and big-bellied revelers donning little clothes – especially during Monday’s Underwear Night.
Full of brawny men into leather, latex, and everything in between, Castro 440 is where all inhibition gets checked at the door.
Curious post-grads, adventurous straights, daddies, bears, leather and bondage fans, and shirtless muscle men, mid-20s to mid-40s.
DJs spin 80s and early 90s hits, and other danceable tunes, usually accompanied by music videos on the TVs. Underwear Night on Mondays, when all of the bartenders and a lot of the patrons wear nothing but their underwear. Pinball machine.
No food. Cash only. Cocktail and beer specials most nights. Happy Hour M–F noon–8pm.
Cover charge $0–$1 (only on second and fourth Sundays). Beer $4+, wine $2.50–$4, cocktails and shots $6+
Casual kink: tight cut-off shorts, polished black military boots, tank tops, leather harnesses, vests.
Mondays for Underwear Night, Tuesdays for $2 beers all day, Wednesdays for 2-for-1 cocktails all day, or Friday and Saturday nights for a packed den of hungry bears.
The Mix (4086 18th Street) is a nearby neighborhood bar with long daily Happy Hours, pool tables, and a low-key vibe sans leather accessories.