Lookout Formerly: Metro City Bar

95% love it
Cocktails and people watching
Find a place out on the balcony to watch the people on the sidewalks below. Lookout is in the epicenter of the Castro, so you're bound to spot some eye candy.


    • Scott
      Scott 1 year ago
      Loves it

      Good looking crowd, not pretentious
      I love this place for it's mixed age crowd (mostly younger, but not exclusively) and it's general laid back feel. My mainstay is the Sunday afternoon "jock sundays". It's hosted by and donates to a local gay sports team each week, so it brings in new folks along with the regulars each week. It gets packed, but with a goodlooking, non-pretentious crowd.

    • justinvaluable
      justinvaluable Over a year ago
      Loves it

      My friends and I have been going to Lookout for years and we always have way too much fun! The crowd is always super nice, great music and awesome drinks. Worth checking out!

    • GCeditor
      GCeditor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      get a strong cocktail from one of the cute bartenders, then take your friends onto the deck that overlooks the intersection of market and noe, the heart of the castro. it's some of the best gay people watching in the world, as guys stream in and out of the gym across the street, cafe flore, and pete's coffee. when it gets chilly go back inside, and enjoy the dj and the crowd at this often packed place.

    • AussieThunder
      AussieThunder Over a year ago

      nice bar to chill and watch the passing world

    • kenhendsf
      kenhendsf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun crowd, cheap drink specials and fun place to cruise
      The crowd varies by the day and the event because they do a lot of benefits but its always a comfortable place, friendly bartenders and a great place to meet up with friends.

    • gregg.crosby
      gregg.crosby Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great drinks & views of SF!
      Friendly bartenders, strong drinks, great views plus an amazing DJ line-up make this one of the best spots in the Castro.

    • tgtimes
      tgtimes Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The wonderful lookout
      The lookout is great bar with an amazing staff. I frequent the place regularly, i just cannot get enough of it. Not only is it a place for fun but they help raise money for many worthy charities in and around SF.

    • jpw94118
      jpw94118 Over a year ago

      Jameson is $3 at happy hour

    • delrsf
      delrsf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Sundays = Fundays
      Check this place out on Sundays. It's always packed, the music is great and the crowd is friendly. The outdoor balcony is a perfect place to enjoy a cocktail and watch the hordes of gays prance on by.

    • ptonmike
      ptonmike Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great people watching!
      Always fun watching people walk by and great place to be on a sunny afternoon.

    • canjoe
      canjoe Over a year ago
      Hates it

      nothing special
      Like vintage videos and outdoor space, but fails to bring in the crowds

    • LonelyAsian
      LonelyAsian Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The best place to people watch on a sunny day
      The lookout bar is probably the best place in Noe to people watch. It was my first time going to this bar, and I was completely shocked that the security does not even check my ID. Another thing that puzzled me at first is the drink mix. I ordered a house tequila. The bartender mixed the hard liquor, and I was asked to mix the flavor on my own. The flavor choices are strawberry, lime and guava. The bar also has light snack menu to go along with your cocktail. My strategy for this bar: grab a drink from the bar, find a nice seat on the balcony, and people watch.

    • flor
      flor Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice balcony and view - cool music

    • trabster
      trabster Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not what I expected ...
      I checked it out twice. Maybe it's my age, but I remember the bar that used to be in this location in the '80s as a great place to get together with people for conversation and drinks. Now it seems to have been transformed into just another bar like most others with ear-deafening, generic "music" making it almost impossible to talk to anyone ... an awful lot of attitude and posing, too.

    • scottcalvin
      scottcalvin Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The best spot on a sunny day
      I fell in love with this bar back when it was Metro, but Lookout has upheld the scene pretty well. Good dance / pop music, great place to hang out with your friends and run into people. The balcony is great for people watching, especially on holidays (Halloween, Bay 2 Breakers, Castro Street Fair, etc).