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Explore the Castro's gay bars

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 229 reviews.San Francisco, United States

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Experience hosted by Jonny

3.5 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Visit bars in the Castro with a local

Part history, part pop/sub-culture intro, and ALL fun.

Before hitting the bars, we'll start in my home with introductions. First to each other and then to the history of the Castro neighborhood and gay bars in general via a little powerpoint presentation I've created (#NerdAlert).

We'll also play a lighthearted game I've made up to discover what gay "tribe" we each belong to—bear, twink, or jock, etc—while learning about subcultures among gay men.

Now, to the bars! We'll head out to apply what we've learned by visiting three of my favorite Castro bars that each showcase different scenes.

Our first stop will be a popular gay sports bar.

Next, a bar that's also a historic landmark.

Finally, a "wild card" stop that will be tailored to that particular night.

By the end of our circuit, you'll have received an introduction to navigating the Castro and will have sampled a small slice of the myriad of gay male subcultures within the larger, beautifully diverse LGBTQ family.

Absolutely EVERYONE is welcome on this experience, just note that the bars cater mostly to gay men.
Visit bars in the Castro with a local

Part history, part pop/sub-culture intro, and ALL fun.

Before hitting the bars, we'll start in my home with introductions. First to each other and then to the history of the Castro neighborhood and gay bars in general via a little powerpoint presentation I've created (#NerdAlert).

We'll also play a lighthearted game I've made up to discover what gay "tribe" we each belong to—bear, twink, or jock, etc—while learning about subcultures among gay men.

Now, to the bars! We'll head out to apply what we've learned by visiting three of my favorite…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Complimentary beer/wine or non-alcoholic beverages
From $30
/ person

Meet your host, Jonny

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 229 Reviews
  • Identity verified
After living and teaching on four continents, I made San Francisco my home several years ago with my (now) husband, and I have haunted the local bars ever since.

As a traveler and educator, I love exploring new scenes and sharing my knowledge with others. I've visited gay bars everywhere, from Seoul to Rio, Paris to Cape Town, Oklahoma City to Guiyang, China. In them I've found community—and some funny stories.

Check out more pics on Instagram: @CastroCrawl
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Where you'll be

The Castro is San Francisco's famous "gayborhood"—identifiable by the rainbows literally everywhere.
We'll start in my home—a typical San Francisco apartment built in the early 20th century—which is a five-minute walk from the first bar.

We'll visit a total of three bars as we get progressively deeper into the Castro. Each bar is a 5 to 10 minute walk from the next.

Note: We'll end at the 3rd bar, so not at my home where we started.

Rated 4.99 out of 5 from 229 reviews.

Nick
February 2020
10/10 would recommend!! This is a perfect experience for travelers and locals alike. Learned so much and had a great group which made the experience so enjoyable. Johnny was the best host and seemed like a long lost friend right off the bat. If you’re in the area, don’t pass up this opportunity.
10/10 would recommend!! This is a perfect experience for travelers and locals alike. Learned so much and had a great group which made the experience so enjoyable. Johnny was the be…
Daniel
February 2020
The night with Jonny was just amazing. It was a perfectly structured tour from the beginning to the end. He totally cared about every single guest. So, I felt very welcomed. Therefore I can absolutely recommend this experience.
Ryan
February 2020
Jonny is an excellent, thoughtful host, and was super captivating throughout the night. The experience is interactive, and we had a great time learning about and exploring the Castro. Highly recommend!
Deanna
February 2020
Jonny was an excellent host. Learning about the painful yet inspiring history of the Castro was an intimate experience. I highly recommend you take this experience if you're visiting San Francisco, or if you already live there.
Maximilian
February 2020
Great bar crawl through a historic neighborhood. I walked away from this experience with fun memories and a ton of new knowledge about the city I live in!
Rhianna
February 2020
I thoroughly enjoyed my night out with Jonny, each of the places we went were different and interesting, Jonny is also very passionate about the history of Gays in SF which I thoroughly enjoyed, even with its dark history the story of rising up is so inspiring and Jonny really immersed us in that throughout the night. Also bonus the drinks at all the bars were very cheap compared to other local SF places. I highly recommend!
I thoroughly enjoyed my night out with Jonny, each of the places we went were different and interesting, Jonny is also very passionate about the history of Gays in SF which I thoro…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 21 and up can attend.

    More tips

    Please note drinks at the bars aren't included.
    Bring cash—many bars don't take cards.
    Eat beforehand, drinking on an empty stomach isn't a cute look.
    All are welcome, no orientation limitations :)

    What to bring

    identification (i.e. passport or driver's license)

    cash (most of the bars don't accept card)