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bar crawl

Explore the Castro's gay bars

bar crawl

Explore the Castro's gay bars

229 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English
bar crawl

Explore the Castro's gay bars

bar crawl

Explore the Castro's gay bars

229 reviews
Paused through July 31. To protect the health of our community, Airbnb Experiences in many regions are paused due to COVID-19. Visit the Help Center for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 6 people
Includes
Drinks
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

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.

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Learn more about Jonny

Jonny

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

What's included

Drinks
Refreshments at my home Complimentary beer/wine or non-alcoholic beverages

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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.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 21 and up can attend. My apartment is a third floor walk-up, and we'll be walking between the bars. Each are less than 10 minutes from one another on relatively even terrain (minus going downhill for one block with a pretty steep…

What to bring

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

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 :)

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Jonny
Explore the Castro's gay bars
229 reviews
$30/person
229 reviews
$30/person