Toad Hall

Gay Bar / Gay Club
Toad Hall 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. San Francisco United States 37.760939 -122.435842
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Toad Hall - Gay Bar | Gay Club in San Francisco.
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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

  • Hours:

    M–Th 3pm–2am, F–Su 2pm–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Toad Hall Review

The Scene

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.

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.

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Tip from Emma:

A lot of people tend to overlook the smaller bar outside on the patio. If the bar inside has an obnoxiously long wait, try the other one.

  • Crowd

    Preppy college boys, Happy Hour fans, dance fiends, birthday groups, fun-loving party girls, sports lovers, and older local professionals, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    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.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    Cover charge $2 (after 10pm Friday–Saturday). Beer $3–$4.50, wine $4.50, cocktails and shots $4–$8.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Sporty and preppy: button-downs, fitted denim, basic t-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    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.

  • Close By

    SF Badlands (4121 18th Street) caters to a similar crowd, but has a lot more room to dance and a more amped-up vibe.

Toad Hall User Reviews

Average rating:
Not bad at all
Gor G. Jun 8, 2013
Toad Hall is good and bad. It's good b/c it's spacious, has high ceilings (it's not humid), has a backyard area for the smokers, has another large restroom in the back, and the prices are competitively priced. It's not all that b/c the quality of materials used in the bar is very very low. I mean the owner didn't spend a whole lot on buying... say..... tables that don't tip or move when you set your glass down - it's that bad. The bar top is cheap looking metal, not wood. Also there's plain white printer paper with drinks specials littered all over the bar and it helps make the bar look and feel cheap. Since they've changed managers, the water fountains behind the bar no longer work. Clearly there's no accountability with the staff. Since Toad Hall is owned by the same old man as Badlands, you can rightfully assume he hires the same good looking and professionally incompetent workers - which most of the time are high on coke. Customer service is another downer here. I've ordered a Corona beer with no lime and the bartenders have asked me 3 times if I wanted a lime in my beer and after saying "no lime" 4 times, they still place it in the beer - it's that bad. A monkey could do their job. I can say the lady bartenders (Carol and Pam - I think are their names) are actually great bartenders and do a good job. I think they do karaoke on Thursdays now and that can be entertaining. It's pretty funny to watch wasted people try and sing and then after the first sentence start stripping for attention. It's kinda like looking at the sun: it's bad for you, but you can't turn away.
Great place to start the night
Kyle N. Apr 25, 2013
Friendly, fast-serving bartenders will get you in the spirit offering great deals (like 2 for 1) on drinks. The atmosphere is mostly relaxed until the later hours of the night. Here you will be greeted by modest, modern decor, comfortable booths, and an outdoor patio, making Toad Hall a great place for a post-dinner drink or date. Top 40 pop-divas dominate the music and videos played here but it’s more for ambiance and played at a low enough volume to hear your thoughts and hold a conversation. As the night progresses Toad Hall can become stuffy, turning into a full-fledged dance club. It gets very cramped and sweaty after 10pm and the music isn’t as good as what you might find at other, bigger nightclubs such as The Café or Badlands right across the street. It’s definitely a staple of San Francisco’s “Gay Mecca” so stop by, have a few drinks, and move on to dance the night away with your boy of choice.
A bit crowded but great drinks!
Maurice J. Apr 15, 2013
If you don't mind a tight squeeze Toadhall is one of the more "laid back" clubs on the Castro. With one of the cheapest entry fees and great drink special this club is a good place to go if you and your friends want to keep it low key. Though there is a dance floor and top 40 mixes playing the crowd is usually standing around and conversing on the dance floor, at the bar and the outdoor patio area. The crowd is pretty eclectic and diverse and I've never experienced any sort of bar brawls or drama going on. The one down side is that it can get a bit claustrophobic and my friends and I usually end up leaving after 30 minutes or so and a few drinks.
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