The Cafe

The Cafe

The best gay nightclub in the Castro

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About

Located in the heart of the Castro, The Café represents the best of the 21+ Castro bar scene, demonstrating the next generation of San Francisco entertainment.

The Café's multimillion dollar remodel has created an atmosphere that can only be described as “The Café Experience.”

The Café has been a staple of the Castro night scene for years, and now with its recent renovations, has become one of the most unique venues in San Francisco, let alone the Castro. The Café has always been proud to be an inviting place for all to enjoy.

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The Cafe
3.7
Based on 432 reviews
Jaime Torres
20:40 01 Jul 22
Anfernee G... seriously, stop your lying sir, when you complained about $7 and complained about it being all cash bar to get in the club, and people like you makes it look bad for the companies, just because things doesn't go your way at all. Not right to lie about people and how people do their jobs. Security is there for a reason and to take things serious for safety. I was there in line way behind you.. you do way to much, all extra stuff for no reason.
Anfernee G
06:09 01 Jul 22
The bouncer that’s the bald headed black guy at the door is literally the complete worst. He takes his job WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too seriously. In the 30 minutes I was there I saw 7 (SEVEN) arguments breakout between him and patrons and can confidently say that he was in the wrong every single time. He’s rude and flat out disrespectful. This place truly has a little bit of potential but personally he’s the single reason I’ll never be back
Rahn C.
00:12 27 Jun 22
SF Pride 2022 was underwhelming, and light weight traumatizing. In one last effort to celebrate the occasion, my family and I went to The Cafe'. I do not...
Andre R.
01:44 26 Jun 22
This man Marco is the best security. He looked out for your boi. Service was excellent. Highly recommend the cafe
Adrien Zheng
15:36 19 Jun 22
The bouncer refused to let us in or give our money back because we didn’t drink all the water he gave us at the door. We were pretty sober and the club after them had no issue letting us in. He asked us if we are from Taiwan when we were trying to argue the bouncer fee back. Not sure why that question is even relevant. It’s my sixth year living in the US, but it seems like I just can’t ever look local enough for people to stop giving me a hard time on random things. I felt pretty helpless since no matter how affirmative I was arguing for my own rights, they just wouldn’t take me seriously. I moved to San Francisco after college because I had a lot of faith in this place, now I’m not sure how much of that is left.
Ross H
08:00 19 Jun 22
Underrated bar. Give it a go! Strong and fair priced highball. Great music and entertainment with a comfortable mix of patrons.
Travon Guy Bailey
06:00 10 Jun 22
Imagine: I came here and had to pay 7$ per person and the people couldn’t even give me a receipt for the entrance? Are the covering up their revenue? Definitely! Do they speak Spanish as well as they say they do? Definitely not. If they can’t produce a receipt for their services, what are they doing?
Topo Gigio
15:44 06 Jun 22
This was the first bar I ever visited on my first SF vacation years ago, I’m delighted to see it’s newly refreshed and still going strong. There’s a line but it moves quickly. All good vibes, everyone was dancing and enjoying themselves.
I F
13:59 22 May 22
The black security lady is very unprofessional. She needs to go, did not let my boyfriend and I in the club claiming we were drunk.. we were not… meanwhile she let the plastered people in front and behind us in
Michael H.
23:22 20 May 22
Honestly the worst bar/club in the entire city. Avoid at all costs. So many other great places to go that will treat you right and show you a good time.
Khoi V.
19:51 25 Apr 22
The Café used to be my and my friends' favorite spot because it had a great setup and music was amazing. Ever since they reopened, the music has not been...
jesus galvan
08:26 17 Apr 22
I had a terrible experience came out at 120 am and I payed for the entrance and the security did not let me go back in because it’s was 125 am and I payed until 145 am
Brian Smith
15:49 03 Apr 22
Busy Night @ The Cafe Last Night. Overall, it was crowded and the DJ was great on the music, on point. Many times I visited the cafe, there are times where people are really intoxicated and can't hold their liquor. Amazing job to the security team who handled certain individuals for their safety. As things start opening back up, we have to think about security as well under stress situations and I was honored, to meet Isaac and Joe while the club was ending that night. Thank you sooooo much!!!
Sean T.
01:18 02 Apr 22
So I wasn't kicked out but left because I was so shocked by what happened. I was sitting on a railing. Sure, I probably shouldn't have been sitting there,...
Daphne M.
10:34 17 Mar 22
My friends and I came here for a friends bday and it was most of our first times in the Castro District! We went in pretty early so there was no line so we...
Mr Walkers
20:47 14 Mar 22
How old must one be to work here as a dancer?
SCP JN
09:52 12 Mar 22
I was just standing and talking to my friends and two random security guards tried to escort me out for “throwing up.” I barely even got off the plane and went straight to the bars, so I was sober and only had one drink and when I asked for explanation, they said they had “a witness.” When I asked who the witness was, they couldn’t further elaborate. Really disappointed with the service here. Being wrongly accused of something is a terrible experience. 1/5 star for the way these employees mistreated me. They were so unprofessional.
Benjamin Taylor
18:25 23 Feb 22
Gets pretty busy on Saturday night. Fun shows going on, welcoming atmosphere. Great DJ too. Visiting from NY and hope to be back soon!
Maribel Larraondo
05:31 13 Feb 22
Well actually I was there a long time ago .the only thing there was there more guys than woman it was my favorite but not anymore .I wish to see more ladies dancers!!!
Alexander Londres
22:45 17 Jan 22
The best place to dance in the Castro gayborhood
Brian Smith
16:55 11 Dec 21
To the person who commented about being denied entry at the cafe.... Well, I going to say that I've been denied entry at establishments due other reasons such as having relationship issues, being drunk which I drink a lot and don't know how to hold my liquor.. but overall, being denied is better than being banned forever. Being denied, always have a way of solving the problem of talking directly to staff. I've been denied at other clubs and bars which is considered "private"... not public and they do have a right to do so due to the establishment being not public. Hopefully, you will able to talk to the person and get back in the club to enjoy yourself. I don't always agree with some things about clubs. But the cafe is a great place to hang out and get wild lol. Based off the texts, I'm pretty sure that this can be resolved by talking to the person directly. I strongly suggest this... Because, I was denied at the cafe twice and was able to talk to staff. Hey... I'm back now and meeting new people. Come on man.... enjoy it and have fun!!!!
Charles Sandidge
19:52 10 Dec 21
So tonight I tried to come to this establishment and was turned away by Head of Security because they have tried to talk to me. Amongst trying to talk to me; they haven’t completely gotten thru. Because of this; I was denied entry to a establishment that should not be built on personal morals but more so business always. I am going to reach out to so many avenues to try and rectify this because no one should have that much power outside of the owner of the establishment. It was unprofessional and sick to be denied entry simply because I would not talk to to the “head of security on a personal level”. Tonight was my first night out and I will never return back to The Castro. The head of security chose power over common sense and that is extremely bad for business. I will reach out to my attorney friends in the morning to figure if my human rights or any type of rights were violated.
Jamar M.
23:35 31 Oct 21
Went to the cafe on Halloween night. Within ten minutes of being in the establishment a customer of theirs water their drink on me. I informed the bartender...
Gerardo Nevarez
09:59 31 Oct 21
For main holiday celebration entrance fee can be $20 like halloween eve today, Oct 30, we were in line and got to the door to it being $20 cover fee. The Cafe isn’t worth a $20 cover fee whatsoever. If people can afford it, it is those whom can afford it but it isn’t worth the price. Try other local bars/clubs that have much better music and better priced drinks than the Cafe. Not sure why they’d step up to being $20 cover club. This isn’t a SOMA club or Polk street club environment, was really disappointing coming to the door while waiting in line, only to find it was playing the same cards are other none popular clubs. The music and Drinks don’t represent a $20 entrance fee whatsoever. Keep it under $10, you will survive yet again.
Parker G
10:36 30 Oct 21
This is a really unprofessional establishment.They yell at you and expect responses instantaneously. They try to find any excuse to be rude to you and they act as if you owe them your BEGGING desperation rather than them providing appropriate customer service.It was an extremely rude, disrespectful, and unprofessional establishment. They were extremely aggressive for absolutely no reason. I have been to numerous establishments of the exact same type of bar as this place, but they felt so entitled to treat their customers like they did not deserve respect.I would never recommend this place to anyone.Financially, it is a total rip off.Inside, it is very trashy and unkept.Put unprofessional and aggressive employees on top of that, and there is absolutely no reason you should ever visit this poorly managed establishment.I definitely will never be back.
Angelica P.
16:44 04 Oct 21
They reopened yesterday after over a year of being closed. I can't say it was for the better. It's cash only and there's no ATM. Not to mention a TWENTY...
Joseph V.
22:25 02 Oct 21
How are you closed for 19 months then reopen, as a cash only bar with no working atms. #ghetto
Alan
04:36 06 Nov 20
Wonderful establishment! Miss everyone at The Cafe!!!
Crisy G.
20:05 17 Feb 20
Is the best place to dance ur heart out.. u don't need to look fabulous to shake ur assss away.. drinks r good price.. great music from house to bump n...
Priskilletz
02:06 18 Dec 19
DJ is always popping and it Pau's back to get the wristband If they offer it that night! Always have a good time here!
Stacie B.
20:04 08 Jul 19
This was a must go to - from all of our friends that are locals in San Francisco! We came when it was Pride weekend and it was a great time! The drinks were...
Richard Radwinski
05:40 09 Mar 19
Great dance floor that gets fun and rowdy. Often part way through the night there will also be a dance off with patrons showing off some of their best moves. The Cafe did not disappoint
Malachite D. Rodriguez
17:21 04 Feb 19
This is place is fun, came here for my first time visiting San Francisco & it was great. The drinks are good & the music was lit. The crowd is super friendly & there are drag queens & dancers on the little stage. It is a bit small, so its tight, but that wasn't an issue. Definitely going to be coming back!
Omie A.
08:43 12 Jul 18
Karaoke Wednesday's are fun. Everyone was polite and the crowd was friendly as hell. Thank you guys, you guys, that kindness goes a long way. Thanks to KJ Cole, Remy, and bartender Sabrina and the other awesome chick who found my money that I dropped 👍
Rachel Kaufman
00:46 17 Mar 18
My friends and I were really looking forward to going to The Cafe and we had heard great things about it. Unfortunately, the bouncer was a HUGE A**HOLE. My friend handed him his REAL NJ ID and the bouncer immiately said “well, well what kinda fake ID do we have here?” My friend proceeded to show him FOUR other forms of identification including his school ID, debit card and insurance card. The bouncer scanned his ID, black lighted it and bent it and obviously it passed every test because it was real and he was actually 21. After all that the bouncer threatened to take it. The major problem was that if he had taken my friends ID, my friend would not have been able to get on his flight back to NJ. After all of that, the bouncer finally gave it back but then another bouncer insisted on searching all of our bags even though we obviously were not going into the bar. It was absolutely ridiculous. I highly suggest hiring a new bouncer who doesn’t have it out for every young person coming into the bar. SF is a huge tourist place and obviously there are people coming from out of state. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON WHAT REAL OUT OF STATE IDS LOOK LIKE! I will never come back to this bar and I will advise against anyone with an out of state license coming here.
Eva C.
16:08 29 Nov 17
Tell me why this place only has 3.5 stars? Excuse yall, but this is the most poppin place in Castro, and probably the city. This is my go to dance spot just...

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