The Stud (Closed Permanently)

95% love it
GayCities Members report that The Stud has closed
Campy, iconic dive bar in SoMa
A well-worn and familiar beauty, The Stud is a kitschy and charismatic San Francisco LGBTQ landmark that regularly hosts off-beat drag shows.


    • Chaud003
      Chaud003 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      gay institution
      Keep supporting the stud by going there, and buying a few drinks. It's a Fun place where you never know how Your night will end up. Oh yeah that's another great bar too

    • DTracer
      DTracer Over a year ago
      Loves it

      For a moment it looked like SF was about to lose this piece of vital queer history, but the Stud is back!

    • Bobbyjh
      Bobbyjh Over a year ago
      Loves it

      good place for weekends
      i have never been to this place but i can see its cool to go to and this was suppose to have closed down the buisness because of new owner and landlord, and tripling up rents but stud is still there and still open its a good thing it didnt close after all give it a try there, it friendly place

    • sergioaudio
      sergioaudio Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Real! Beautiful!
      I love The Stud! The staff is warm & welcoming. The partys are diverse, energetic, and creative. It is one of the remaining "real" SOMA club in San Francisco. And I love it! GOI

      JUANJESUS Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Fun again
      Friday nights are super fun. Saturday Nights are pretty sexy.

    • RobAnt
      RobAnt Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Big and empty
      Don't go on a Tuesday, we did and there were only 4 people there!! Was ok though.

    • Miss_K
      Miss_K Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Laid Back Victorian Dive Saloon
      I loved this place since I first walked in *ahem* years ago. I have watched it change a little, and it has all been for the better. The decor is turn of the century, Victorian, dive saloon. The atmosphere is chill. Though they have different types of events, this is one of my favorite places to come for a more laid back kind of night. Its just big enough for a party, just small enough to be comfy. Since the sad closure of Jezebel's Joint years ago, The Stud is one of my favorite hangouts.

    • LonelyAsian
      LonelyAsian Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Very interesting experience for me
      I went to the Stud during Club Bangkok because my friend is the DJ. The place is not really dead, but the dance floor is completely dead. Everyone are around the pool table, and there are not many people. My first impression of this place is interesting. There is a fortune teller to tell your future. There is an arcade (ms. Pacman) if you are bored. Mirrors are everywhere. I love the drink because the bartender uses bigger glass for the same price as other bars or clubs. I don't think I will be back though.

    • Thundercizzle
      Thundercizzle Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of the best bars in SF you might miss
      Always welcoming and not stingy on the drinks. Dead on some nights, but crazy packed on others so check the website for specialty nights. I love BIG which embraces diversity bigger guys for smaller guys, older 4 younger, interracial, every combination of the like.. Vote for The Stud and Gaycities on THE Zone Mobile app.

    • slimrfun
      slimrfun Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Interesting place
      If your up for a challenge - go to this place and then try to sum it up in a review. YOU CANT. This place creates its own vibe. Truly unique in its own. While we wont b back, I encourage you to check it out, if not just for a chuckle. Stay for one of the shows. Smoking mexican hay and calling it mj, then telling everyone how stoned they are - was hillarious.

    • HalCall
      HalCall Over a year ago
      Hates it

      I'm Hoping Things Will Get Better
      The Stud has a history, but unfortunately most of the history took place elswhere before the Stud moved to its current place. The sign that says "Universal Live Corral" survives from the time (at the other location) when they became a "Universal Life Church" so that they could have "religious services" in order to run an after hours dance club. It was that kind of chutzpah that made the Stud what it was. Today, however, it survives mostly on theme nights. The place has that well-worn hippie feel to it, which is cool. I wish they can find their niche because the bartenders are nice and the place feels warm and cozy, and they deserve more business.

    • Texasfruit
      Texasfruit Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Are the people hiding somewhere?
      Went here on a Friday nite just at midnight. 12 people in the entire place, with one guy ROLLING around the dance floor. Classy. The guy at the door charged two of us a cover ($5/ea) and when we paid with a $20, he didn't want to give us our change back. Avoid this place as there are better ones.

    • Birdboy
      Birdboy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Always a Good Time
      Some things in SF are in perpetual change -- The Stud remains a happening boite; friendly staff, eclectic decor and an always-stop-by for celebutants and locals. Trannyshack on Tuesday night @ Midnight is the most unusual drag show, 10 years strong, always a different theme and peopled with the rarest nightclubbers & most outrageously dressed. and for more info.