5 Reasons WhySan Francisco's Original Gayborhood Remains Timeless
Explore popular San Francisco neighborhoods outside the Castro where LGBTQ folks are always welcome, like Polk Gulch and Nob Hill.
Most people might assume that the Castro has always been San Francisco’s main gayborhood, but that wasn’t always the case.
Before the 1970s, San Francisco’s gay community hung out on in the Polk Gulch district. To this day, Polk Street is home to the oldest operating gay bar in the city. Fittingly enough, spending time in Polk Gulch is the closest you’ll get to going back in time.
Despite the fact that the neighborhood is quickly transforming, the LGBTQ businesses here retain an old-school, no-frills vibe. The bars are dive-y in the best sense of the word, meaning the drinks are cheap and strong.
Here are five places in the neighborhood you should be sure to visit.