The main bars, and what to expect
Easily the most approachable bar for any outsider (and honestly, probably the most popular bar for Castro regulars), you may have seen this gay sports bar in our own articles, or like, Sports Illustrated. They have food from a former Top Chef contestant, old-school bleachers lining the wall, suggestive puns, different sports on every TV, and a cocktail that involves a Muscle Milk that tastes delicious after a workout (trust me), while also helping you look super swoll, brah.
Party to watch out for: Thursdays after 10pm is "Gym Class", which involves free whiskey shots handed out in jock straps. So... be ready for that, and to tip for your free shots.
If you're looking for a dance party on the weekend, this is pretty much the spot. There will be a line that seems super-long, but actually only takes about 10 minutes, and a cover that will seem ridiculously low compared to, say, any SOMA club. There's a big dance floor surrounded by a metal rail, so you can either pretend you know how to dance to Beyonce, or judge others who think they know how to dance to Beyonce from behind a railing. Go on the weekends if you're looking for a crowded party with pop music from 1985-now.