10 Reasons SF Is The Best/Worst Place For Gay Men

It’s pretty much an indisputable fact: San Francisco is the best place in the world if you’re a gay man. And not.

Except we’re not exactly committed here (surprise, surprise). That’s because while we love San Francisco and totally believe it is the best place to live for gay men, we also think it’s the worst.

So here you have it: 10 reasons why San Francisco is the best and worst place for gay men.


Best: Gay Men Are Everywhere

You instantly notice this reality the first time you set foot in the City by the Bay: Gay guys have taken over. And we’re not just the sparkly appendage-sock sporting daddies in the Castro. Gays have infiltrated basically every neighborhood and every profession. Skinny jeans and scarves reign from SOMA to the Presidio, and those “tech bros” you hear about in the news all the time? Yeah, gay.

Ready to party with the San Franciscans? Check out the San Francisco City Guide for the watering holes in every neighborhood–and that includes the Peninsula and the East Bay.



Worst: Gay Men Are Everywhere…And They’re Flaky

Sure, there may be 100,000 strong in San Francisco, and that should spell options…but not always. Gay men in San Francisco are always on the lookout for the next best thing.

Best: SF Is An International Destination

San Francisco is one of the most visited cities in the world. From the unmatched cuisine to its natural beauty, San Francisco has something for everyone. That goes for the gays, too: Bears, otters, twinks…we’ve got it all and then some.

So whether you’re in the mood for something exotic or plain, all you have to do is step into the nearest bar. Soccer players from Brazil? Tourists from Germany? You never know who you’re going to meet.


Worst: You’ll Hardly Ever Meet A Local

That boy you took home last night? He’s from Austria and is leaving tomorrow. You’ll probably never see him again.

Best: The Weather

From the fog-shrouded shores of the Sunset (that’s the ‘hood next to the Pacific Ocean, for you out-of-towners) to sunny North Beach, San Francisco is home to dozens of microclimates. Which means you’ll be the proud owner of one of the most eclectic wardrobes ever.


Worst: The No-Fog Real Estate Premium

Depending on where you can afford to live you’ll either see sun or fog. Regardless, if you step out your door, a change of clothes will be compulsory. The sun may be blazing in SOMA, but it’ll be chilly in the Castro.

Sounds like it’s about time to go shopping.

Best: Hot Bodies Are Everywhere

San Francisco is one of the fittest cities in the nation. And that can only mean one thing: Lots of eye candy. The city’s burgeoning population of models and stars also adds to said eye candy factor. You’ll never run out of firm butts and bulging triceps to ogle, but if you really need a fix it’s best to hit one of the city’s frequented gay gyms.


Worst: There Are Too Many Options

San Francisco is gay. It’s fit. It’s a beautiful place to live. Is it possible that there are too many good options? Absolutely. Whether it’s wandering eyes on the street or one of the 40 gay apps, the next hottest guy you’ve ever seen is always right around the corner.

Best: There’s Always Something Crazy Going On

Folsom Street Fair! Bay to Breakers! Pride! Castro Street Fair! From street festivals and parades to circuit parties, you’ll never run out of things to do.


Worst: Good Luck Enjoying A Quiet Day

Staying in this weekend to relax? Yeah, but your gurls are gonna be blowing up your phone until you meet them at that awesome party on Treasure Island. For the third week in a row. If you’re going to be out anyway, you might as well pick something you’ll enjoy.

What did we miss any more love/hate things about SF? Let us know in the comments…