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Address: 4121 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 92328
Phone Number: 415-626-9320
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3:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 3:00 pm - 2:00 am

Dance bar located in the Castro.

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If you don't know anyone in SF, you will now.

I went to San Francisco by myself and basically stayed in the castro. I stumbled upon Badlands because I met a few people at The Q. They said that Badlands was the place to dance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015

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English first
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I went to San Francisco by myself and basically stayed in the castro. I stumbled upon Badlands because I met a few people at The Q. They said that Badlands was the place to dance. The line was long but it went quick. The music is current music, top 20, and there is a large mix of people. It doesn't... More 

Thank Stephc09
Brussels, Belgium
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621 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

we loved the facts that: music not too loud, we could speak, enough people not too much, cheap drinks, goodlooking gogo dancers

Thank Jurgen B
San Francisco, California
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116 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 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 

Thank Phil Y
Circle Pines, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 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.

Thank Daveydoo1964
Brisbane, Australia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 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.

Thank followmefoodie
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 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.

Thank foard83
Newton, Massachusetts
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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.

Thank BriggsDL
Vancouver, Canada
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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
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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 

Thank Sarah G

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The Castro
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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