SF Gay Bar Twin Peaks Tavern Being Made A City Landmark

The Castro’s legendary Twin Peaks tavern may be named a historical landmark by the city of San Francisco next month.

It’s believed the mainstay gay watering hole was the first to have clear, floor-to-ceiling windows that let the sun (and passersby) peer in, back when it debuted in 1972.

Located at 401 Castro Street, it was the first gay bar in the city to have clear glass windows at a time when people could be fired based on their sexual orientation. The San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission voted last month to support the bar’s nomination, and gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener has sponsored the ordinance before the board to landmark the bar.

A Board of Supervisor committee will vote on the measure on December 1o, after which the mayor is expected to sign it into law.

h/t: Joe My God

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  • jerry_pritikin

    A great fixture in the Castro and way ahead of its times. The people in the bar, as well as outside could see one another. Located in the gateway to the Castro. It was near a transfer spot for several bus and streetcar lines. I used to display my photographs in the windows of Georgeanna Bakery at 420 Castro. Twin Peaks also was one of the original teams in S.F. Gay Community Softball League in 1974, the first gay sponsored league in the country.

    One of my most popular images from the 1977 Castro Street Fair that used the TWIN PEAKS for my Photoglyphic-category. A photo with a word or words within a frame of a picture. Some are subliminal and others like Twin-Peaks shOUT right off the Print.Look at: One of the images of the crowd on my first page at was taken from the apartment above the Twin Peaks bar.

    In the Spring of 1979, One of my best pick-up moments was when I walking by the Twin Peaks happen to see a group of gay softball players inside and I went into the bar. They were forming a new Gay Softball League “The S.F.Gay Softball League” and I became a member of Legendary manager,Jack “Irene” McGowen’s Fabulous 40’s. The first all seniors team in the nation. One of my teammates was former U.S. Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell. He created the “Gay Games” a few years later.

  • DirtyOleMan

    and even today usually full with the over 50 crowd

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