San Francisco Nightlife:5 Places Juanita MORE! Thinks are Perfect for a Night Out
Take it from a legend! Juanita MORE! tells us how to have a great night out in San Francisco. Learn where to party and where to grab a late-night eat.
In April 2021, Juanita MORE! was elected Empress of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, a venerated nonprofit founded by José Sarria in 1965 that distributes charitable donations to other nonprofits.
Juanita first met Sarria at a Pride event in 2005. "José was like royalty and looked at you with much wisdom," she says. "He was courteous, kind, and generous in his opinion. He adored the attention that he was getting, and it was so well-deserved.”
Juanita's accolades are richly deserved as well. In June 2020, she named the San Francisco Bay Area Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) the beneficiary of her popular annual Pride Party. The organization promoted queer nightlife in the Bay Area while things were closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"So many friends lived day-to-day and were struggling to pay their rent," she says. "It was essential to keep the energy and spirit of our city's nightlife workers up and alive." Many such initiatives have made Juanita not just the queen of San Francisco nightlife but a mother to its workers and starts.
"San Francisco has always been my home and, quite frankly, it’s one of the most beautiful cities in the world," she tells GayCities. "My first apartment was on top of Nob Hill in a beautiful Victorian home, and though my room was in the basement and had no windows, I loved living in SF. I still adore riding the cable car, walking my dogs down to the waterfront, and I get joy whenever I cross the Golden Gate and Bay bridges."
"My years in the culinary industry and my love of food have allowed me to cook and eat in some of the city’s most delicious eateries, from food trucks to Michelin-starred dining and everything in between. I’ve stomped my heels through the majority of our queer nightclubs across San Francisco’s entire 49 square miles. I can honestly say there is a little place for everyone here in the magical city."
We followed Juanita on two fabulous San Francisco nights where she held forth at venerable bars, restaurants, and institutions with her many fans as photographer Fred Rowe snapped her likeness everywhere.
Here is a sampling of Juanita's faves, narrated by Miss MORE! herself: