Explore the LEATHER & LGBTQ Cultural District, the throbing heart of SF’s Leather & LGBTQ community.
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.
Oasis — Internationally acclaimed drag show nightclub / cabaret, an unforgettable SF experience. Also home to Baloney, the all-male revue. In a converted former bathhouse that once had a swimming pool.
Powerhouse — no “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 explore on your own and visit the locations of the Slot, the Barracks, FeBe’s, Blow Buddies, The Stud, the Ambush, and dozens of other gone-but-not-forgotten leather hangouts. 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.
Bars, restaurants and cafes — Azúcar 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, Monarch Gardens (formerly 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 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!