While in San Francisco, be sure to explore the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District.
Our volunteers are working to create an actual walking tour guide that will enable you to hear about the current and historically-important locations. Stops will include:
The San Francisco South of Market Leather History Alley: – A block-long tribute to the people, places and institutions that made SOMA historically important, culturally fascinating, and a lot of fun!
Eagle Plaza – The World’s First and Only Leather-Themed Public Plaza.
The Stud – A unique queer venue and nightlife hub, owned and operated by an 18-person worker-owner cooperative, recently closed at this location.
The Oasis — Once a bathhouse with a swimming pool, today a nightspot with the best in Drag and All-Male revues.
Wicked Grounds – Possibly the World’s first, and definitely the best loved, combination coffee-house and kink culture and education center. Check out their books and toys, too!
Blow Buddies – South of Market’s safe, hot environment to meat-up and get off with other guys, recently closed permanently. Sorry you missed it.
Today’s Leather Bars – Although all are partially-or completely closed due to the pandemic, Powerhouse, the SF Eagle, the Lone Star Saloon and the Hole in the Wall are each unique, friendly places for leather folk and kinksters, and those who enjoy drinking with them.
Yesterday’s Leather Bars — Visit the locations of the Slot, the Barracks, FeBe’s, the Stud, the Ambush, and dozens of other gone-but-not-forgotten leather hangouts. You can get a sense of what the neighborhood was like back then from this Walking Tour of South of Market in the 1970s.
The 11th Street Entertainment District – These nightlife venues (including the famous DNA Lounge) mostly cater to non-LGBTQ folks, but they can be fun anyway.
The Murals of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District – Formal murals, casual street art, and even billboards help enliven the District.
The back streets and alleys of SoMa — The blocks between the big blocks are filled with interesting architecture and amazing history.
Our shops, restaurants and cafes — Most businesses are remaining open as fully as possible during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place. Please check this page for specifics.
And much more. A fine guide to the Leather History of San Francisco is available (thanks to Hunter Fox and the Bare Chest Men History Project) here.
Until our own Tour App is ready, we encourage you to print out our brochure and explore on your own. Have fun!