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Seven slutty places in San Francisco

Getting deep inside Mike Miksche’s favourite cruising spots

San Francisco has the most sophisticated sex scene I’ve experienced in North America, with many throw backs to the classic “South of Market” (SoMa) scene in the ’70s. It truly is a kinky city through and through. 

1.  SF Eagle

Grungy and sleazy with an undeniable SoMa vibe. They have a great patio, too. You can never ever go wrong with an Eagle!

398 12th St

(You can find what you’re looking for at the Eagle. Courtesy of

2.  Folsom Gulch

You’ll find lots of cocks and mouths through glory holes at this classic gay arcade. There’s a surplus of men even at noon on a Monday, many of which are nervous and hopefully married. Super hot, if that’s you’re thing. It wasn’t cruising like I expected.

947 Folsom St

(Courtesy of Folsom Gulch)

3.  Folsom Street Fair

It really is the world’s biggest leather event: a sleazy celebration of human sexuality for blocks and blocks in SoMa. You’ll see some fetishes you didn’t know existed. I was awestruck, having never experienced sexual expression on such a large scale.

Folsom St, from Eighth to 13th

(Puppy and his owner at Folsom Fair. Courtesy, Bill Weaver)

4.  Blow Buddies

Name says it all: there are glory holes and you’ll make some buddies to blow. It’s also BYOB! “Should I get naked?” I asked the guy at coat check, arriving just after 8:30pm on a Monday.

933 Harrison St

(Glory hole heaven. Courtesy

5.  442 Natoma

It you’re looking for raw action then this is your place. And it hosts CumUnion, even on Christmas Eve. “San Francisco’s hottest, friendliest, filthiest, fuck club.” Believe it!

442 Natoma St

(Sling spaces at 442. Courtesy

6.  Nob Hill Theatre

It’s a gay arcade meets male strip club. They sometimes even have circle jerks with featured porn stars. The staff is pretty friendly, too.

729 Bush St

(Famous from they day it opened. Courtesy

7.  Powerhouse

It’s a classic SoMa leather/denim cruise bar. It smells of men — lots of masculine men.

1347 Folsom St

(Classic leather. Courtesy, by Dizzy Atmosphere)

For the most up-to-date travel information on gay San Francisco, see our City GuideListings GuideEvents Guide and Activities Guide.

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Mike Miksche sluts around exploring the world of public sex and venues; check out his regular column Hole and Corner for more of his sexy places and escapades.