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Badlands

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Address: 4121 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2407
Phone Number: +1 415-626-9320
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Dance bar located in the Castro.

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Always fun in SF

We always come to Badlands when we are in SF, love the drinks and dancing. Music is played by a VJ and includes showtunes, pop and anything else one would like to dance to. The... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 January 2016
SFLeonce
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Munich, Germany
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NEW JERSEY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Stopped here for some drinks on a Saturday night and got two for ones during happy hour. Great drinks and great service!

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

We always come to Badlands when we are in SF, love the drinks and dancing. Music is played by a VJ and includes showtunes, pop and anything else one would like to dance to. The place gets packed, so come early and enjoy.

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Thank SFLeonce
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 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 

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Thank Stephc09
Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

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

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Thank Jurgen B
San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 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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Thank Phil Y
Circle Pines, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 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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Thank Daveydoo1964
Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2014 via mobile

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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Thank followmefoodie
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 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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Thank foard83
Newton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 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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A flourishing commercial area that acts as San Francisco's LGBT community center and cultural heart, the Castro is a neighbourhood welcome to everyone. As one of the first predominantly LGBT neighbourhoods in the United States and currently its largest, it remains one of the epicenters of activism in the nation. Grand theatres 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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