96% love it
Stylish atmosphere, crafted cocktails
Blackbird takes the prize for sexy, specialty cocktails in the Castro. The dim, sophisticated lounge welcomes a mixed crowd.
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    • Scott
      Scott Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Cocktails, cool vibe
      A great place that's not your typical gay bar. A little more grown up without being stuffy, the kind of lounge where you sit and talk to your friends. They make their own flavored vodkas and specialty cocktails. Yum. Can get a little loud.

    • jpw94118
      jpw94118 Over a year ago

      Love to see you guys at the mix right now

    • bobby54
      bobby54 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Over crowded& over priced
      The drinks were way over priced $18 for a Martini! Seriously? Didn't care for the over crowded space either. If you're in the neighborhood passing by please do!

    • Danniesmahname
      Danniesmahname Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fancy pants drinks
      If you're looking for that special drink you won't find anywhere else-you've come to the right place. Empty the ATM an head for the cash-only bar for their latest concaution. Drink menu changes constantly, with a few regulars of course, but you won't be disappointed; there's something for everyone. Gay or straight, this swanky bar has little room for gettin your grove on but your there for the fun times with friends and the creative drink menu. Or the pool table.

    • joshuajpresents
      joshuajpresents Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best drinks in the Castro
      Gorgeous men. Lovely ladies. Amazing hand made cocktails. Beautiful staff. Do not miss this lounge.

    • Phinpoe
      Phinpoe Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Safe spot, with perks
      It's the bar you'd take your family and straight friends in order to show them that the gay scene can be just as normal, just as mainstream, just as boring as theirs. Music is non-existent or beyond sleep-inducing (they did play Red Hot Chilli Peppers one time, I reckon). So why do I go there? It has its fair share of perks: because the music is low and the lights are bright enough, you can catch up with friends or actually meet new people. Also, it draws an interesting and often good-looking mixed crowd. Finally, their cocktails are really good, and for $8, you can't go wrong.

    • ExquisitENSF
      ExquisitENSF Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Blackbird has the best collection of mixed drinks in the Castro.

    • play4peter
      play4peter Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Best bar in the Castro
      Great crowd with greater drinks.

    • skyentology
      skyentology Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great mix and cute croud
      This bar is a perfect example of gays and Str8's living and drinking together in a fun relaxed environment. Great drink list, lots of fun beers.

    • gaviesf
      gaviesf Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice drinks, beautiful decore, straight friendly
      It's not really my sties but I gotta say the bar has mad style. More New York than Mission, I'd say, but whatever. Clientelle are younger professional and uber chic. Music is not your regular electronica that has infected nearly every other gay establishment in the world. It's the kind of place that you'd bring girlfriends, coworkers or your really cool mom to if they have been begging you to show them the gay scene (read: safe). Ask for an old fashioned or mint julip here. Unlike most gay bars in the city, the bartenders will actually know how to make it here.

    • mrkarbow
      mrkarbow Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Crowded and awful!
      The sign said capacity of 49. There was easily almost 300 crowded in there. Told the doorman on way out and he THEN started a cue. I really wanted to like it too!

    • KevinGoebel
      KevinGoebel Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Out of the ashes...
      Out of the ashes of the old dive bar The Expansion, briefly reincarnated as The Metro, comes another new spot in the Castro's refreshening nightlife: Blackbird. The decor is deliberately rustic chic, which could easily have looked like a stodgy bar my Grandfather would have gone to without the elegant touches that makes this probably the best decor of any Castro gay bar (even beating Trigger in some respects). I went once on a Monday evening, when it was pretty busy (on a Monday, no less!), and again on a Friday when it was jam packed. Nice place to meet friends and visit, but surprisingly easy to mingle despite the long bench and rows of chairs. Another excellent addition to the Castro.

    • msiaguy
      msiaguy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      A New Gem in Castro!
      Blackbird is definitely a great addition to the nightlife of Castro. The layout and decor is modern but welcoming. The bar staff is friendly and serves up delicious, stiff drinks, topped with a smile. The crowd is mixed and friendly, with plenty of eye-candies and hotties reaching out to say 'hi'. This is definitely a great place to come unwind after a long day, to catch up with a friend, or just to kick-off your Friday night at Castro.

    • Uxitect
      Uxitect Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Blackbird singing in the dead of night
      Finally a bar that they didn't just paint everything flat black and add some mirrors to it. This place has a great mixed crowd with lots of beautiful people. Great vibrant benches to relax and view the antique over-bar set off by the modern decor. Drinks are good; they have a nice selection of beer on tap. If suds aren't your thing, the 'tenders are highly skilled in mixing up a cocktail. Oh, and they have a photo booth in the way back that takes the best pictures EVER. even after you've had a few ;)

    • AdamSandel
      AdamSandel Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Nice place!
      Nicely renovated, non-trendy and comfortable bar where you can actually carry on a conversation. Had a nice Sunday afternoon there, looking forward to checking it out at night.