Castro District News

Ahhh, Love! LGBTQ Valentine’s Day Events and Parties Outside the Castro District

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Valentine’s Hangover Party @ Bootie SF // 375 Eleventh St.

On February 15th, 2014 at 9pm, Bootie’s DJs spin twisted love mashups all night! At 11pm see the Monster Drag Show featuring Cookie Dough, Roxy-Cotten Candy / Daveed Varela, Qween / Travis Santell, Rowland, Vanity Ytinav, VELVET / Julien Rey, Dina Isis and Au Jus. Don’t forget to wear red!

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Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store in the Castro District

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The San Francisco Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store is located at 575 Castro Street in San Francisco. In 1972, Harvey Milk, an American politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office, opened Castro Camera at 575 Castro Street (in between 18th and 19th Streets) and lived above the store with his partner. In 2011, it became the Human Rights Campaign Action Center and Store, but it still has Harvey Milk written all over it.

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New Rainbow Honor Walk for the Castro District Unveiled

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The Rainbow Honor Walk, new art installation planned for the sidewalks of San Francisco’s historic Castro district, was unveiled on December 20.

The RHW is similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but it will serve as an international monument that honors lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered individuals in history and their supporters. The RHW will feature 3-foot-by-3-foot bronze plaques displaying the honoree’s image, signature, date of birth and death, and a brief bio describing their impact on the LGBT community. Eventually, the walk will contain 500 plaques.

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The Castro’s Best Weekly Parties

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Why should the weekend get all the fun?

As they say: People wait all week for Friday, all year for summer and all their life for happiness. In the Castro we say, "NAY! We shall have fun every night of the week!" Here’s a list of the Castro’s best weekly parties!

Monday:

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Castro District Spots That Were Born in the 70s — and Are Still Open Today!

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Moby Dick — Opened in 1979

In 1979, what used to be The Corner Store became the almighty Moby Dick Bar. While many things have changed in the 30 years Moby Dick’s been around, one thing remains — it will always a friendly, affordable neighborhood bar. The bar is most proud of their following of familiar faces —those who have been coming to the bar for years — but they also have an undeniable appeal that constantly brings in new customers.

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More Coffee! Réveille Coffee Company Comes to the Castro District

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Just a year after opening a lovely café in North Beach, Réveille Coffee Co. founders and brothers Christopher and Tommy Newbury are opening their second brick-and-mortar location at 4080 18th Street (between Hartford and Castro).

Réveille Coffee serves Four Barrel coffee and different espressos from all around the world. The kitchen in the Castro will experiment with fancy syrups and coffee milkshakes (imagine taking one of those bad boys to Dolores Park on a hot day!).

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Trannyshack: San Francisco’s Infamous Drag Performance Night Club

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Trannyshack is San Francisco’s infamous drag performance nightclub experience, which for 12 years, has shocked, delighted and entertained packed audiences every Tuesday night at midnight. If you come to Trannyshack with expectations, prepare to have them blown out of the water. Incorporating everything from lowbrow trash to highbrow performance art, Trannyshack is the quintessential San Francisco experience.

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