Welcome to Gay Pride Weekend, kids, when the masses descend upon our city to participate in Anheuser Busch-sponsored celebrations of gay family values. Or something like that. You know, I'm still old enough to remember things like the Gay Pride parade in Richmond, Virginia, where we seriously wondered if it was going to start a riot. My, how things change when you become a target demographic.
So what to do this weekend? My recommendation is to get together with friends, have some drinks, flirt with out-of-towners (that's what they're here for, after all), and then go have a nice brunch somewhere while everybody else is downtown eating chicken on a stick and buying rainbow tchotchkes. But there are also some fun events to check out that won't cost you $40 to get in and then hang out with guys who are mostly interested in checking out the size of each other's pecs.
Weeklies and Bar Nights
Charlie Horse at the Cinch
Best place to go out and have a cheap drink while being entertained by drag queen antics. Recently voted Best Drag Show in San Francisco by the SF Weekly! Music by DJ Dirty Knees and Bearzbub is more rock and new-wave oriented, but at least it won't interfere with your conversation. Check out my latest review of Charlie Horse at The Cinch.
Fag Fridays at The EndUp
Reliable, not all that exciting, but it's gay and you can stay until 6AM. Expect to pay around $20 to get in and to dance to pretty typical San Francisco deep house.
The Jaded Gay DJ Recommends: Lights Down Low at Club 222
This installment a live performance by Juiceboxx, with resident DJ Sleazemore, UFO, and Rchrd OH!. Five bucks, swell space, fun kids, what the hell more do you want on a Friday night? Check out my previous review of Lights Down Low.
10PM - 2AM
222 Hyde Street at Turk
Starfucker at Deco Lounge
Probably the best club in the 'Loin, though I can't speak to the particulars of this night (yet). Given that it's Pride weekend, I'm sure there will be all kinds of craziness.
10PM - 2AM
$5 all night.
One-Offs and Monthlies
Sphongle/Hallucinogen at 1015 Folsom
With back-up support from local psy DJs like An-ten-nae, KJ, and Rob Rayle, and a dub room courtesy of Full Melt.
Pre-sales at www.wanttickets.com/1015
Residents 0rko, Rubyacht, Starr (Bondage-a-Go-Go), Macro spinning "Electro/Progressive/Techno/Grime/Popdancecrap."
9.30PM - 2AM
FREE before 10, $5 after
Julie's Supper Club, 1123 Folsom x 7th