A large queer community makes this LGBTQ-friendly ’hood a welcoming date-night spot for couples of all kinds seeking inclusive bars and buzzy restaurants.
From gold rush to flower power to tech boom, San Francisco has attracted a steady stream of trailblazers, dreamers and entrepreneurs through the years. Gay liberation also took root here, with the Castro district as its epicenter. Today, a vibrant LGBTQ community continues to define the neighborhood, which has evolved into one of the city’s most diverse and date-friendly districts. Here’s our rundown of the top dating spots in the Castro, plus some great places to stay, too.
Few guesthouses in San Francisco can claim such a storied past as the Monte Cristo Inn – it might even be the city’s oldest. Opened in 1875 as a bordello and saloon, it became a speakeasy during prohibition and still brims with old-world charm. This certainly extends to the individually styled bedrooms, where damask wallpaper, antique furniture and vintage artwork combine to timelessly romantic effect. If you’d rather have a sleep-in with your love, order the excellent breakfast direct to your room.
There are so many reasons why Hotel Drisco makes a top pick for romancing travelers. Dating from the early 20th century, it’s old, upmarket San Fran – urbane, refined and immaculately presented. The hotel is imbued with the glamor of its time, albeit with a more neutral, contemporary polish where required. The hilltop Pacific Heights address affords swoon-worthy views from its higher rooms, while goose-down duvets and pillow menus make for beds you’ll not want to leave.
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