Sweetbriar 5: We Oughta Be Startin’ Somethin’
Boy, the first couple of months of 2009 have definitely been a bang, and this week we continue with somethings new, renewed, and rejuvenating.
From new clubs opening in the Castro to the up rise of gay nightlife in Union Square, we have definitely started something worth talking about. And I sure love to talk. Here are my top 5 picks for San Francisco!
Toad Hall Back in Castro
A popular hangout in the 70’s, and times in it relived in the MILK movie, Toad Hall returns as a drinking hole in the Castro when it opens its doors with little fanfare this week. Les Natali, owner of neighboring Badlands, has been working on the opening of Toad Hall, old home of the defunct Pendulum, for over 2 years. Now it looks like a reality. I had a chance to speak with new manager Charlie, formerly at Badlands, a few nights ago and he confirmed the doors will open this week, but that the Grand Opening celebration will happen in the near future. The bar advertises on it’s website opening to be a place celebrating diversity through music, which I take to mean you will get a variety of music genres to experience here. It was “the gay bar” of the 70’s. Let’s see if it will be able to live up to the tradition.
Toad Hall, 3pm – 2am
4146 18th Street (across from Badlands)
The New Q Bar is for Queers and Friends
Taking over the space of the place commonly known as The Bar On Castro (which moved to Church and is now the B.O.C), the new Q Bar opened the beginning of February and has picked up where the place of old left all. Keeping the popular Ladies Night Tuesdays and Juanita More’s and Joshua J’s Booty Call Wednesday, the usual patrons are finding it easy to keep their feet stomping to the beats and their lips perched upon a cocktail glass rim at the Q. What have always been appealing to me are the bars that are welcoming spots for everyone, not just queer or straight. And The Q Bar is definitely a place you can bring those straight co-workers for the happy hour when drinks are half off daily. Sounds tasty to me! Keep a watch out for details of the Q’s Grand Opening party in early March.
Q Bar, 4pm – 2am
456B Castro Street
The New Bar on Church
Inauguration day marked a new beginning for our country as President Barack Obama was sworn into office. It also marked a new beginning for Greg Bronstein’s The Bar on Castro, as it moved to new digs on Church to become the B.O.C., the Bar On Church. Formerly the Transfer, the Church location was remodeled to give the space a little swankiness and openness. The New B.O.C. provides a week long schedule of jammin’ club parties with Manic Mondays (80’s music and 80 cent cosmos), Womanizer Tuesdays (ladies drink for half price), Deeper Darker Wednesdays, Kick-IT Thursdays and Sundays (Hip Hop with Long Island Iced Tea specials), and capping things off with Friday and Saturday nights spun by a rotating list of celebrity djs, such as, Joseph Lee, Foxxee, Mark Andrus, Zhaldee, and Niuxx. The club’s street team has been roaming the Castro handing out VIP cards that provide free entry on any night for a limited time. So watch out for the hotties in the black B.O.C. tees.
B.O.C., $ varies by night, 9pm – 2am
Bar On church
198 Church @ Market
WONDER FUN PLANNED AT WUNDERLAND
DJ Hawthorne, Michael Martinez, and Diva Caroline Lund, forever more known as the Ringmasters, bring you what is dubbed as the gay party to bring us back to ONE, Wunderland. Opening this Saturday at what will become the largest weekly gay night club venue, Suite 181, Wunderland will amaze you with 2 floors of resonating sound, three rooms of dance floor, five bars, and an incredible outdoor patio. Okaaaaay! Ain’t nothin’ but a partay….DJs Hawthorne, Pete Avila, Pam Hubbard, and Robbie Martin share spinning duties to support Main Room headlining d-jock Eddie Elias of New York City and Miami fame. They are sure to keep you sweating and the go-go boys gyrating. The new Gay.com hosts the VIP room with shwag galore. We could be experiencing a return to the ultimate dance party reminiscent of Club Universe. Can I get an Amen?
Wunderland, $10 - $20, 10pm – 6am
181 Eddy Street
H.O.M IS THE NEW HOME TO T-DANCE
Since it kicked off its inaugural night on February 1st, everyone has been asking when is the next H.O.M.? Luke Johnstone’s and Jamie J. Sanchez’ latest offering is well on its way to becoming the next big t-dance club. Calling the Infusion nightclub home, H.O.M has an amazing atmosphere for those with an eye for interior design will find delectable. Joining Johnstone at turntable duties are DJ Adrian Taylor (aka DJ Pornstar), and the headliner Wayne G. from London. These three truly make up high energy party sure to keep you spinning like a round round, baby! Free Move:Atlantis CD giveaways and Men Magazine gift bags. This month’s dance party will feature an appearance by Randy Blue’s Man of The Year Reese Rideout. And I hear the door gal is simply gorgeous…I’m just sayin’!
H.O.M., $15 - $25, 5pm- Midnight
124 Ellis Street between Powell & Cyril Magnin
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(Qbar pic - courtesy of Gary Nolan; H.O.M pic - courtesy of David Cheung; Wunderland pic - courtesy of David Helton)