Party Earth Review The smaller and arguably more stylish sister to the SF Badlands club across the street, Toad Hall is popular for both stellar Happy Hour specials and its own less-frenetic dance vibe. Named in homage to a 1970s haunt that... ... read full review
4146 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
MUNI KT, L, M Lines: Metro Castro Station
M–Th 3pm–2am, F–Su 2pm–2am
Castro, San Francisco –
The smaller and arguably more stylish sister to the SF Badlands club across the street, Toad Hall is popular for both stellar Happy Hour specials and its own less-frenetic dance vibe.
Named in homage to a 1970s haunt that helped define the Castro’s early gay scene, the venue caters to a similar crowd of young party types who frequently flit back and forth between the two clubs.
A fuchsia water feature acts as a backdrop for a bar that runs the length of the room, itself interspersed with narrow shelves of booze, low chandeliers, and flat-screens usually tuned to the game early in the day and music videos later on.
Local professionals and preppy college students drop by to take advantage of daily deals (buy one, get an additional for $1), chilling over strawberry cosmos on bright blue stools or on the expansive red vinyl couches across from the bar.
The middle of the room serves as the dance floor, which usually doesn’t get going until the sufficiently hammered revelers from Badlands make their first trip over, causing the space to overflow with drunken guys making out and birthday parties dancing to Top 40.
Those who need a break from the crush can head out to the smoking patio, where more space and a few TVs offer some respite.
Whether to enjoy a relaxed evening of mingling or a crazy night of dancing, Toad Hall is the perfect place to kiss a few princes.
Preppy college boys, Happy Hour fans, dance fiends, birthday groups, fun-loving party girls, sports lovers, and older local professionals, 20s to 30s.
Several TVs usually tuned to sports in the afternoon and music videos from the 80s to the present at night. DJs spin Top 40, pop, and house remixes.
No food. All-you-can-drink beer busts frequently held on weekends to raise money for various San Francisco organizations and foundations. Happy Hour M–Th 3–9pm, F 2–8:30pm, and Sa–Su 2–7pm.
Cover charge $2 (after 10pm Friday–Saturday). Beer $3–$4.50, wine $4.50, cocktails and shots $4–$8.
Sporty and preppy: button-downs, fitted denim, basic t-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes.
Thursday nights to join large groups of college-aged revelers starting the weekend early, or Friday and Saturday nights to either chill the hours away on the patio or make a quick stop on a long night of barhopping.
SF Badlands (4121 18th Street) caters to a similar crowd, but has a lot more room to dance and a more amped-up vibe.