Gay San Francisco: City by the Bay

San Francisco is a port of call for the alternative, the adventurous, the creative and the aspirational. The "City by the Bay" is known as the gay capital of the US, where over 860K locals welcome nearly 17 million visitors every year.

Culture is San Francisco's trademark, from the people to the politics straight down to the rainbow street art. Gay-friendly bars, restaurants and businesses are sprinkled throughout nearly every corner of the city. There are over 60 gay bars and clubs that cover a variety of interests, with nearly every city establishment welcoming anybody with open arms. The transgender community has a special place here, and difference is honored perhaps more than anywhere else.

While the Castro has recently served as the center of LGBTQ culture and nightlife, other neighborhoods like Noe Valley, Bernal Heights and the Mission are bursting at the seams. As Silicon Valley commuters make each neighborhood more expensive and political equality progresses, the gay nightlife has de-centralized and permeates many pockets of the city.

San Francisco is what you what you want it to be. Whether you're looking for award-winning restaurants, a crazy night on the town or a perfect romantic getaway, San Francisco has it all. It truly earns its reputation as the cool, gray city of love.

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