Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Simply the Best!


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Spring is here and that means it's time for the Bay Area Reporter's third annual Best of the Gays readers' poll. We made some changes this year, streamlining some categories, jettisoning others, and creating new ones, all with the goal of increasing interest. That seems to have worked, as we had a record number of votes cast by you, the readers of the B.A.R.

We'd also like to acknowledge our appreciation for this year's survey sponsors Maui Sunseeker, Academy of Friends, the San Francisco Ballet, and Swirl Radio for providing our readers a chance to win some fabulous prizes.

So enjoy this year's round-up of the Best of the Gays.


The Bay Area Reporter's website,, was the winner in this new category. The B.A.R., founded in 1971, was late to the Internet, with its website going live in September 2005. (read more)

SF Pride is a showstopper

There isn't another parade like it in the region. And it draws hundreds of thousands of people to San Francisco the last Sunday every June. (read more)


Night owls and early risers cross paths at the Castro's 24-hour diner Orphan Andy's, which has welcomed patrons since 1977. (read more)

The views are eye opening at these eateries

Merriam-Webster defines the word view as "extent or range of vision. It also includes "scene, prospect" as a secondary meaning. (read more)


Since its debut in late November Hi Tops has been an instant hit, and it gained international fame when a photo of a gay couple making out at the bar during a 49ers playoff game landed in Sports Illustrated's special Super Bowl issue. (read more)

Partying cheaply
is easy at the Edge

Sometimes it isn't enough to hang out where everyone knows your name, as the famous saying goes, to have a fun night on the town. (read more)


California Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has been one of the leaders of the LGBT community for decades.
(read more)

Youth leader on a roll

Energetic gay youth activist Jason Galisatus was the winner in this new category in this year's Best of the Gays. (read more)


Who says department store shopping is out of fashion? Not B.A.R. readers, who again have chosen Macy's as the best place to shop in San Francisco. (read more)

A medicine shop for
the new millennium

In olden times one seeking out medicines would contact their local apothecary, a druggist who filled prescriptions akin to modern-day pharmacists. (read more)


Trannyshack, San Francisco's infamous drag performance nightclub, shocked and delighted packed audiences every Tuesday night at midnight for over 12 years. (read more)

Castro Street Fair is tops

A new winner in the best fair or festival category, organizers of the long-running Castro Street Fair were ecstatic when told of the Best of the Gays honor. (read more)


Rebecca Kaplan, the out lesbian Oakland City Councilwoman and council president pro tem, has been a rising star in the East Bay since her decisive election to the at-large seat in 2008. (read more)

Hold your horses

The White Horse Inn is historic. Situated at 66th Street and Telegraph Avenue on the Oakland-Berkeley border, it was built in 1933 and is still going strong. (read more)

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