by Gina Goff - 6741 Reviews - 27 List
While the Castro's vibrant LGBT-friendly nightlife scene is best known to outsiders for tight tees, cheap cocktails and throbbing dance music, insiders know there's more to Castro bars than sweaty clubs and drunken boys. Stroll through the few square blocks after dark and--besides the requisite number of sweaty clubs--you'll find a beer-focused punk-rock bar, hip live music venue and a number of spots to fill up on both food and booze.
Updated: June 13, 2010
This legendary neighborhood bar with a mostly gay clientele offers large windows with a nearly panoramic view of Castro district foot traffic. It's definitely a "Cheers" sort of spot though, so don't be discouraged by surly regulars.
In a sea of bars that cater willfully to an appletini-ordering crowd, this slightly more upscale spot aims to show its neighborhood crowd the way with a list of six well-crafted cocktails, 10 beers (including some solid microbrews) on tap and nearly all sustainably-produced wines.