Okay, so there is one event that dominates all the others, and that's Pink Saturday in the Castro. Yes, it's a huge crush, yes, it's dealing with humans on a scale I don't even like to contemplate, but, yes, it's something you really should do just to think about the grand spectacle of it all, and how unique this is to San Francisco. I've lived in lots of different places, in both the US and abroad, and there's really nothing like this anywhere else. BUT, when you've grown tired of the crowd, there's some other fun stuff to check out as well.
Bar Nights and Weeklies
This new party at The Cinch features "electro-burlesque," "filthy go-go boys" and "circus acts." Well, that's quite a bit of entertainment right there. With DJ Malakai, I believe that they're going for an electro groove, and this is a fun place to hang out on the Polkstrasse, so go check it out for something different.
9PM - Close (whatever that means)
No cover listed
1723 Polk between Clay and Washington
Drunk and Horny
Easy walking distance from the Pink Saturday festivities. Get drunk, flirt with boys, and dance to good-time party standards. Reliable, easy-going, and a short stumble home.
9PMish - 2.00AM (with maybe an afterparty)
Underground SF, 424 Haight Street x Webster
Monthlies and One-Offs
A fundraiser for the Comfort and Joy camp. With electro-house techno-funk deep-groove beats courtesy of yours truly, Neco D, Lord Kook, and the Honey Sound System (DJ Pee Play and Ken Vulsion), and midnight drag show featuring Raya Light (Miss Trannyshack), Ultra, Miss Nix, Vida de Voe, and Miss Black Rock City (you wouldn't believe the things she had to do to get that sash!) Private underground location, "Shortbus" playspace, the fun starts at 11PM and goes until you decide you're strong enough to wander off to Pride on Sunday. Note that this is an "alcohol-free" event.
$10 donation before midnight, $20 after
11PM - ?
Call 415-419-3545 on Saturday for location