Visit the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District

Explore the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, the throbing heart of SF’s Leather & LGBTQ community.

Neighborhood Highlights
Ringold Leather History Walk — A block-long tribute to the people, places and institutions that made the South Of Market Area of San Francisco (“SOMA”)  historically important, culturally fascinating, and notorious!
Eagle Plaza — The World’s First and Only Leather-Themed Public Plaza
Mr. S Leather an iconic leather & fetish store, serving our community since 1979
Leather Etc.  — leather & fetish gear and fashion
The Stud — San Francisco’s oldest queer bar, now in a new home
Oasis  — Internationally acclaimed drag show nightclub / cabaret, and home to Baloney, the all-male revue, in a converted former bathhouse that once had a swimming pool.

Leather Bars
Powerhouseno “attitude”, dirty, South of Market fun
SF Eagle — city recognized as a cultural landmark, honoring leather subculture traditions, the Sunday Beer Bust is an SF institution
Lone Star Saloon — Infamous bear bar.
Hole in the Wall Saloon
 — biker themed gay bar catering to an eclectic crowd.

Yesterday’s Leather Bars, Bathhouses and Sex Clubs — Let our tour guide share some of our history with you.  Or use our online map and explore on your own, to visit the locations of the Slot, the Barracks, FeBe’s, Blow Buddies, the Ambush, and dozens of other gone-but-not-forgotten leather hangouts.  Other online resources include the Bare Chest Men History Project’s Leather History of San Francisco guide, and a 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.

Bars, restaurants and cafesAzúcar Lounge, Sluts Wine Bar, AsiaSF, and Cat Club are among the kinkier of the many other drinking and dining options available in Western SOMA.  Other favorites: Decant, Driftwood, District Six, the Willows, AK Subs, V Cafe, DNA Pizza, Rocco’s Cafe, and Basil Canteen.  For coffee, try Cafe Suspiro, Sextant, or Sightglass,

The Murals of the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District — Formal murals, casual street art, and even billboards help enliven the District.  Check out our informative mural map.

The back streets and alleys of SOMA — The blocks between the big blocks are filled with interesting architecture and amazing history.

Resources for queer and kinky folks — Many important organizations – including social clubs, fetish organizations, and progressive institutions – call our neighborhood home.  Get informed; get involved!

And much more.   You might also check out the maps on our postcard or our (somewhat older) brochure, and explore on your own.

Have fun!