Lone Star Saloon

Located between 9th and 10th Streets in the heart of San Francisco, the Lone Star Saloon remains a popular destination for the gay and lesbian crowd.

The Lone Star Saloon was founded by Rick Redewill in 1989 and is said to have given birth to the Bear Community of San Francisco (a subculture of the lesbian and gay community that includes men who are gay but present a hypermasculine image). Redewill placed numerous national ads for the Lone Star Saloon and soon drew a homosexual crowd from all over the country, particularly among rural gays who enjoy rock music and more of a "biker club" atmosphere. From 1990 to 1993 the Lone Star Saloon was the main gathering place for the Bears.

Lone Star Saloon is located at 1354 Harrison Street in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. The most popular times to visit include Thursday night's "Beer Bust" and Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors can also enjoy the large outdoor patio in back.

Located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 101 and Interstate 80, Lone Star Saloon's convenient location make it convenient to various other tourist sites, such as Incredible Adventures, the San Francisco Visitor Information Center, Anchor Brewers and Distillers, San Francisco Opera, and Davies Symphony Hall.

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