These "gay sex clubs" continue to thrive and are arguably the most popular such venues in the country. And, of course, it's still a happily cruise-y place, its best attribute perhaps being the expansive patio out back, which has its own small bar to one side. San Francisco, CA. A Men's Circle. Tied for "Best gay and bisexual club" according to Sexuality.
It's a fun place to include in an 18th-and-Castro bar crawl, and there's a very popular happy hour.
As with other venues around town, the management here stresses safer-sex practices. It picks up some of the lesbian crowd that used to frequent the nearby but defunct Lexington Club, plus gay guys, hipsters, gender-benders, pool players, music fans, and all sorts of others. It's a club that fits a need in the Castro, which has relatively few places for dancing, so here's hoping it remains popular. A Men's Circle Members.
These dapper but informal Mission standbys just down the street from Dolores Park and around the corner from hipster-centric Valencia Street are prone to long waits, so prepare accordingly and make a reservation online in advance, especially on weekends.