Take A “Looking” Tour Of San Francisco With Seven Hot Spots
Tired of straining to put a name on the familiar, iconic San Francisco places of HBO's "Looking"? To make your life even better, we’ve rounded up some of the hot spots for your enjoyment... Then take a trip back in time to season one, episode one to see how it all started.
The San Francisco Staple
The looking cast certainly enjoyed its share of shots sitting atop the most arguably gay plot of earth in the world. Quintessentially San Francisco, Gay Beach at Dolores Park is a classic hot spot. With spectacular views (not just of the city), this is where every gay - from hippies and hipsters to gym rats in Speedos – flocks to ogle and flirt and get drunk. Grab your blanket, lotion and friends for a day on the “beach.”
Patrick and Richie complain about the long lines at the Brad Pitt of San Francisco ice cream shops, Bi-Rite Creamery. Adjacent to Dolores Park, it’s worth the wait (the line is one long cruising opportunity anyway) to try flavors like Creme Brulee and Orange Cardamon. If you want the real experience though, hit up nearby Hot Cookie in the Castro for erotically shaped treats and even pin your butt pic to the wall in the shop’s cute branded undies.
Flower Shop Realness
Much of the drama between Dom and Lynn goes down in a flower shop, Urban Flowers in the Castro to be exact. Stop in for the flowers and not the drama at this unique shop.
It's referenced as Dom’s dead-end service job, but we’ve only seen glimpses on the screen. Whatever Dom's issues, Zuni Cafe certainly has some of the city’s tastiest food, best location and warmest ambiance. A wildly popular place to start the night, this iconic San Fran eatery is always hopping. (The roasted chicken is to die for.)
Dom’s rugby scene is a highlight of the season. To find the sports field, and, ahem, the showers, head over to Golden Gate Park’s Kezar Stadium. You’ll find loads of sports leagues in San Francisco that practice and play around the city every week. Check out some of the upcoming beer busts at local bars and leagues for sports like soccer and flag Football.
Dance & Romance
Augustine went on a GHB trip at the gay-friendly dance club Public Works, and was seen meeting friends at the dearly departed bar, Esta Noche. 18th street staples like Q Bar and The Cafe can be seen in the background as the cast strolls by. But let’s be real, none of us knows what those look like during the day. They’re all worth stopping in at night for a meat market mix of locals and visitors.
Ride The Russian (River)
While the boys of “Looking” may spend most of their time bar hopping around San Francisco, they also visited a famed playground only 69 miles north of San Francisco. Russian River is a weekend haven nestled amid pines and redwoods.
The entire region is a bear haven. In fact, Guerneville hosts the famed Lazy Bear Weekend in mid-summer each year, drawing thousands of bears, otters and chasers from the city up to a massive outdoor playground.