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Twin Peaks Tavern

20 locals recommend · Estimated price 1 out of 4 ·
Why locals recommend it
This bar right on the corner of Castro and Market has been around forever. It's significant because—to my knowledge—it was the world's first gay bar with full see-through windows, telling everyone, “We’re gay and we’re not afraid to be seen." It's a lounge with comfy sofas and a long bench where you can actually talk. Go in the afternoon on a sunny day and try for a window seat so you can watch the world go by.
Adrian
Adrian
December 13, 2016

Tips from locals

Torr
Torr
June 30, 2019
Affectionately referred to as the "glass coffin", Twin Peaks is a must for any visitor to San Francisco. Located at the corner of Market and Castro St (Southeast corner across from the Chevron Station), it was the first bar to feature windows so patrons could see in and out. Google "Twin Peaks…
Don
Don
April 11, 2018
At the Twin Peaks bar in the Castro, one can get a good drink and mix with the locals gay scene and see what the other half is like in this very diverse city.
Melina
Melina
March 02, 2018
Twin Peaks was the first openly gay bar in San Francisco. They literally tore the cardboard off the windows so people could see in and out, at great risk. We often stop in to this distinguished bar for a martini before heading downtown on the train to catch a show.
Jason
Jason
February 09, 2017
A little piece of history. "Twin Peaks Tavern, which first opened in 1935 but was purchased by Cunha and Forster in 1971, is believed to be the first gay bar in the nation to feature full-length, open plate glass windows that let its patrons look out, and more importantly, the public look in. The…
Matt
Matt
June 28, 2016
The first gay bar in the US to have windows, putting it's patrons on display. This bar has a long history in the Castro and is featured on many tours. They also pour great drinks. Typically an older crowd and better suited toward having a nice cocktail and a good conversation.
Location
401 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
The Castro
Phone+1 415-864-9470
Hours of Operation statusClosed · Opens Thursday 8:00 AM
Credit Cards
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Music
Yes
Wifi
Yes
Menus
Brunch, Happy Hour
Drinks
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
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