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Address: 4121 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 92328
Phone Number: 415-626-9320
3:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 2:00 am
Activities: Dancing
Description: Dance bar located in the Castro.

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Great dance club

Fun night dancing with some folks I met at a conference I attended. Great mix of music from all eras. Dance floor filled up very quickly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2015
Circle Pines, Minnesota
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San Francisco, California
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100 reviews 100 reviews
16 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Nice neighborhood dance club. Very well-lit and uplifting dancing area. Bartenders are friendly but drinks are sort of diluted. But this may not be a bad thing, as you can keep sipping without getting drunk. Music is kind of mix of upbeat pops. Don't expect trance and heavy house. Safe and sane are pretty much the words I give, but... More 

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Circle Pines, Minnesota
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Fun night dancing with some folks I met at a conference I attended. Great mix of music from all eras. Dance floor filled up very quickly.

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Brisbane, Australia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This place has a pretty good atmosphere, friendly staff but the crowd doesn't really start going until late... Drinks are made well, and are reasonably priced.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Modern but still welcoming and not pretentious (as many modern gay bars have become). Not over expensive, nice mixed ages and types of men and, thankfully, not too many hetrosexuals

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London, United Kingdom
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185 reviews 185 reviews
41 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We visited from the UK in as part of our West Coast tour, Great cocktails. lots of boys/men running around and trying to out bust eachother on the dancefloor! Made for a great night sitting at the bar and watching everyone. No dresscode.

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Newton, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

If you want a fun filled dance party, head on over to Badlands. It is a gay club, but you'll have a good time no matter your orientation. Just a heads up, the signs male/female are clearly optional on the restroom door. So, be prepared for that.

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Vancouver, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Fun nightclub - great music/videos - lots to see and lots to drink! Staff were super friendly, and was a great place to meet up with friends and have a good night out.

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East Maitland, Australia
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

I went to Badlands with some of the contiki mates I made last year! We were keen for a different nightout where we could wear whatever we wanted and just have a 'girls night' with no one bothering us. We journeyed into the Castro district and tried out Badlands as our tour manager stated it was a great place to... More 

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Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

Although i'm much older now, this place still is a lot of fun. The bartender was really on top of things and really friendly to boot. My drink was strong and always full. The crowd is youngish, cute and therefore i am partially invisible. Lol. Still a good place to hang out with friends and get a drink and maybe... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2012

This high energy , friendly bar and dance club was packed the Friday night we stopped by. There is no cover but as you might expect drinks were bait pricey- a bottled water was $5. But the music was loud and fun and the crowd (younger- mostly 20s and 30s) was friendly and full of positive energy. Even though we... More 

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A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighborhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighborhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theaters and glitzy shops now compete with bars and fashionable eateries for attention, drawing visitors from around the world to the bright rainbow flag acting as its beacon.
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