Party Earth Review Rows of cooing young studs always seem to congregate on the balcony smoking area that overlooks the entrance to The Café, so even before walking in, patrons have already been checked out. Once inside, the crowd of sporty... ... read full review
2369 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
MUNI KT, L, M Lines: Metro Castro Station
M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 3pm–2am
Castro, San Francisco –
Rows of cooing young studs always seem to congregate on the balcony smoking area that overlooks the entrance to The Café, so even before walking in, patrons have already been checked out.
Once inside, the crowd of sporty post-grads and casual young professionals fans out onto the large triangular dance floor, where barely-dressed men, and even some women, dance provocatively on a center stage to Top 40 hits.
Gyrating boys in skimpy underpants are the venue’s raison d'être – second only perhaps to drag shows – and the space could easily pass for an industrial frat house most nights, full of college students sporting Abercrombie button-downs and baseball caps as they gawk at the go-go dancers and each other.
LEDs on the steel ceiling account for most of the sparse décor, and flat-screens are known to showcase vintage porn for anyone not sufficiently inspired by the eye candy.
Two bars keep everyone sauced in the main room, while those looking for a change of scenery can step past the glass wall that separates the dance floor from the patio. On this side of the venue, they’ll find a third bar and an upper-level seating area where boisterous queens, burly dudes, and feisty pods of girls hoot and holler as they watch the action below or play a round of pool.
Simple and minimal, The Café proves that as long as there are strong drinks, good music, and an attractive crowd, there's no need to hire a decorator.
Flirtatious groups of young jocks, girly girls, flamboyant drag queens, scantily-clad college students, masculine ladies, older bears, and adventurous partiers, 20s to mid-30s.
DJs spin Top 40, hip-hop, and house on Fridays and Saturdays. Theme nights include The GlamaZone live drag show on Sundays and Pan Dulce Latin Night on Thursdays. Go-go dancers perform Thursday–Sunday (afternoons only on Sunday). Flat-screens showcase everything from vintage porn to the Giants games. HD projector on one wall. Pool table on upper level.
Barbecue on Sundays during Happy Hour and free tacos during the “Delicious” event on third Saturdays; otherwise no food. Cash only. Happy Hour M–W 5pm–close, Th–F 5–9pm, Sa–Su 3–9pm.
Cover charge $0–$8. Hot dogs and hamburgers $2–$4 (Sundays only). Beer $3.50–$6, wine $7, cocktails $6–$10, shots $5–$8. Coat check $3.
Sporty and sexy: Abercrombie and Fitch t-shirts, plaid button-downs, ripped jeans, cute skirts, tank tops, tennis shoes, baseball caps, shorts.
Mondays and Tuesdays for the long Happy Hour, Fridays for the popular BoyBar go-go night, and Sundays for The GlamaZone drag show.
The Midnight Sun (4067 18th Street) is a long-running video bar that broadcasts TV shows and movies every day and frequently serves up 2-for-1 drink specials to a casual crowd of young and old gay men.