Category Archives: San Francisco

By @ 07/09/18 in Gay travel, Hotels, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel

Proper Hotel rooftop in San Francisco and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSan Francisco has an overabundance of many things: boys in hoodies, cable cars, and public parks to sip rosé.  What the city hasn’t been home to is a sophisticated proper rooftop lounge with sweeping views incorporating fire pits, thoughtful cocktails and an attractive crowd that leaves its active wear at home. Story by Ronnie D’Amico. Photo by Proper Hotel.

Meet Charmaine’s: A proper rooftop bar and lounge 120 feet above the newly opened mid-Market Street Proper Hotel featuring all of the above. For a night out, arrive early before 7pm to avoid the line. Head on up through the McAllister Street entrance where you’ll meet a doorman who takes himself too seriously. Don’t let him deter you. Remember this is SF. Not LA. Once you get past him, you’ll be lead down a corridor to the elevator.

When the elevators empty you above, your senses will heighten with the rush of fresh air on your face, the sight of an energetic crowd of all demographics, gay and straight (who put an effort into their look), and the sound of moody French-pop playing over it all. You’ll feel a sign of relief that such a space exists in San Francisco.

Grab a seat at any of the seating areas with fire pits as soon as you see an open spot. The cocktail menu offers inventions from the city’s well-known bartenders Josh Harris and Morgan Schick (of Trick Dog and The Bon Vivants). The food menu offers classic comfort bites, but also healthy California options by James Beard Award–nominated chef Jason Franey (Monterey’s 1833 and Eleven Madison Park in New York). The décor is what you want: swanky, comfortable and sophisticated. A welcome addition to the city’s nightlife options.

  • Proper Hotel
  • 1100 Market Street,
  • San Francisco, CA 94102
  • (628) 895-2055

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By @ 02/01/17 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel, Travel Show

Meet the LGBT travel dream team at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Feb 11-12Meet the ManAboutWorld team and pick up free stuff(!) at the San Francisco/Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show February 11-12 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato will moderate a fun, information-packed LGBT travel panel at the Show on Sunday, February 12 at 2:30pm.

Register here for a free ticket but hurry we only have a limited supply.

All are welcome! Our booth provides information for all travelers (gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and our straight ally friends). The panel is designed for LGBT travelers as well as travel professionals interested in learning about trends, destinations, tours, cruises and events. All you need is an open mind and the passion to travel. Join this interactive and informative panel with leading experts in gay, lesbian and LGBT family travel.

Our moderator, ManAboutWorld’s Ed Salvato leads a very well-traveled group in a lively discussion touching on new cruises and tours, not-to-miss events and up-and-coming hot spots around the world. Come with your travel questions. This is a session you won’t want to miss!

We’ll be covering the world of LGBT travel, which is big! But among the many takeaways, here are three:

• Destinations to put on your must-go list in 2017 and beyond
• Events around the globe that are popular with LGBT travelers
• Travel opportunities for gay families


Travel experts include:


Meet ManAboutWorld's Ed Salvato at the Travel & Adventure Show, San Francisco, Feb 11-12

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By @ 04/04/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Ronnie D'Amico, San Francisco, Travel
Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Annie Leibovitz,

San Francisco’s exhibition and gallery culture landed two coveted, and globally in demand, exhibits from Annie Leibovitz and Oscar de la Renta this Spring. And both will have you visit two classic city landmarks to explore.

This story is brought to us by San Francisco-based Ronnie D’Amico, ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondents. (Below)Ronnie D'Amico, ManAboutWorld correspondent

WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz

Found in a repurposed hanger in the Presidio, WOMEN: New Portraits by Annie Leibovitz, is a continuation of her 1999 series of famous photographs known as “Women” that Leibovitz started more than 15 years ago which documented real women of all backgrounds and levels of power. Many of the three dozen new portraits have never been displayed before and offer intimate stills of Gloria Steinem, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, Jane Goodall, Alice Waters, Sheryl Sandberg and more.

It makes sense for Annie to choose San Francisco as one of the 10 exhibiting cities for this traveling show. Annie attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she took her first photography class, and, in November 2015, she received a Contemporary Vision Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

If you’ll miss the San Francisco exhibits, you have a chance to see it when it moves to Singapore, Hong Kong, Mexico, Istanbul, Frankfurt, New York and Zurich.

Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 25 – April 17, 2016

Saturday-Thursday: 10am–6pm (Last admission at 5pm)
Friday: 10am–8pm (Last admission at 7pm)

Cost: Free; Advance booking highly recommended.

 Location: The Presidio’s Crissy Field, 649 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129


Oscar de la Renta one of the two exciting Exhibits coming to San Francisco

Oscar de la Renta

Oscar de la Renta The Retrospective

 Who better than André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, to curate an Oscar de la Renta Retrospective? San Francisco’s de Young Museum, located in Golden Gate Park, was chosen as the world premiere site for the exhibit that includes more than 130 pieces, from over five decades; a joint collaboration with the house of de la Renta and the late designer’s family.

 The Retrospective is themed and grouped by creative stages and his evolution with his earliest work for Balenciaga in Madrid to Lanvin in Paris, and then Jane Derby in New York that eventually became de la Renta’s.

There isn’t a shortage of celebrity red carpet pieces either. You’ll find Rhianna, Amy Adams, Nicki Minaj, Jessica Chastain and Taylor Swift.

 Exhibition Dates & Hours:
March 12, 2016 – May 30, 2016

Cost: Premium $50; Premiums (Members) $30; Adults $30; Seniors (65+) $25; Students (w/ current ID) $15; Youths (6–17) $15; Children (5 and under) FREE; Members FREE

Exhibits Audio tours available: $8 General, $7 Members. Purchase here.

Location: de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118

**For more on the San Francisco art and museum scene check out San Francisco’s Art Scene Branches Out

Photos of the exhibits:

Top: Annie Leibovitz, portrait photographer, poses with her photographs on display at the launch of WOMEN: New Portraits exhibition at Wapping Hydraulic Power Station in London, U.K., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. The international touring exhibition, commissioned by UBS, will be in London from Jan. 16 until Feb. 7. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Middle: Courtesy Ronnie D’Amico

Bottom: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta LLC

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By @ 09/25/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
Folsom, as seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

Human pony play participants ride in carriages through Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco

Folsom Street Fair, the biggest, most legendary leather fetish party in the world is getting ready to takeover San Francisco on Sunday. The annual celebration of leather, fetish and BDSM communities brings hundreds of thousands of people to SoMa. The city is expecting some 400,000 to take over 13 city blocks to “indulge their fetishes, shed their clothes, dance, play and gawk,” according to SFGate.The official Folsom entertainment, which takes place across five stages, will be provided by artists like Ladyhawke, Missing Persons and DJ Vin Soul. But we all know the real show happens in the street.

Now in its 8th year, the street fair takes place on Folsom Street between eighth and 13th streets. For more information about Folsom, visit their website here.

A few tips for first-timers from our friends at SFist: You May See Some Things You Can Not Un-See; You Do Not Have To Wear Leather, Or Be Gay; Leave Dogs And Kids At Home; Do Not Try To Drive Through Town On Sunday; Ask Before Taking Photos (or touching!)

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By @ 04/01/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
Bay to Breakers, San Francisco as seen in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Run Oompa Loompa, run!

San Francisco is pretty much always ripe for a visit. It’s perfection in the spring, they host the world’s craziest Pride in summer, and three big gay street fairs, culminating with Folsom in the fall. Even their winters are charming. But for a city so full of crazy parties, the Bay-to-Breakers street party — a 103-year-old foot race — is the only one that officially takes over the city and gives you a glimpse into the no-limits, creative, quirky spirit of the city as a whole.

If you do come for the race check out our top recommendations in the current issue to enjoy a fun weekend in the City by the Bay. Try ManAboutWorld FREE for three months!


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By @ 03/12/15 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel

The view from the terrace of the Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, just south of St. Helena.


A room at the Auberge with doors opening onto a private terrace and overlooking sweeping wine country vistas.


The rugged coastline of Carmel, a 17 mile stretch of gorgeous and rocky beach.



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By @ 03/01/15 in Daily Dose, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel
Glowing phone booths at San Francisco International Airport

Glowing phone booths at San Francisco International Airport

Today’s DDTI comes to us from San Francisco International Airport where futuristic phone booths (which seems like an oxymoron) greet passengers arriving into the international terminal.

*DDTI: Daily Dose of Travel Inspiration.

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By @ 02/16/15 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Mark Vogler, San Francisco, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

Our friends at Out In The Vineyard about The Big Gay Train

On March 28, our wonderful friends at Out in the Vineyard return yet again to host The Big Gay Train, a very special event where gay winemaker’s board a Napa Valley train and pair their reds and whites with fresh, muli-course meals. It’s the gay, wine-soaked, culinary adventure of the season, an opportunity to meet interesting gays, eat some great food, drink some wine, and mingle with some friends. The event runs from 5:30pm-8:30pm. Tickets start at $185 and VIP passes will run as high as $215.



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By @ 10/31/14 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Travel

halloweenThis year, the usual suspects go to bat with some of the biggest Halloween parties of the year.

Tonight, West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard is hosting the largest street party in the world. Half a million (yes, you heard that right!) of gays will descend onto the block for the most insane costume party we’ve scene. Check out the official site for a listing of bars hosting events.

In San Francisco, the seventh annual GhostShip Asylum party will erupt tonight and November 1, from 9pm-4am, a small-slice of Burning Man-esque costumes, installations, dancing, and craziness for one of the biggest parties of the year. Located at Pier 70, Building 12 at 22nd Street and Illinois, the event is not yet sold out and tickets run from $50 to $120.

In New York, Whoopi Goldberg will be the host of tonight’s 41st annual Village Halloween party. Expect the village to shut down while thousands of ghouls and ghosts (and probably a few slutty nurses!) take over. The theme this year, “The Garden of Earthly Deaths,” will run along Sixth Avenue beginning at 7pm.

For you southern boys, NOLA may just be the granddaddy of all Halloween parties, with Voodoo parades, boozefests along Frenchmen Street and even a cool “Boo at the Zoo” exhibit inside Audobon Zoo.


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By @ 08/11/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Sydney, Travel

bahrainLast night, the Super Moon wowed spectators the world over, capturing incredible photographs of the rare event. From Bahrain to San Francisco, these are some of our favorite snapshots of the moon from our favorite cities.

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By @ 08/04/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel

blackbird-bar_originalJust before Market crosses with Church at the entrance of the Castro district, you’ll find a small, dark lounge with old newspaper on the walls, pool tables, and a bar crowded with cute gay boys (and some straight ones, too!) This is Blackbird, the best bar in San Francisco, straight-owned but the gay patronage is strong. It’s not technically a gay bar but it’s where you’ll find the city’s cutest gay boys, cute bartenders, and a great cocktail list. If you’re dining out at Frances or Starbelly and you have 30 minutes to kill, stroll down Market and waste your time here.

We covered San Francisco in great detail in Nov. 2012. Click here to subscribe to read all of our insider tips about the great City by the Bay.

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By @ 01/19/14 in Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, Gay travel magazine for iPad, ManAboutWorld, San Francisco, Travel

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What did you think of HBO’s Looking which debuted Sunday, January 19? LA Times loved it. How did SF look?


Like just about every gay man in America we are eagerly anticipating Looking, HBO’s new series about three men in San Francisco seeking love debuting tonight (Sunday, January 19).

If you decide to head to San Francisco to look for yourself, be sure to download our San Francisco article. Get an “all access” subscription with this special offer here and download the November 2012 issue and get ready to leave your heart in San Francisco.

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By @ 06/29/13 in Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, iPad, ManAboutWorld, New York, San Francisco
This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

This was our inaugural cover: NYC!

Happy Pride to all from the staff of ManAboutWorld.

If you need travel tips for New York, San Francisco or any of the many other destinations we’ve covered, be sure to subscribe to our magazine using this link (and get an extra two months free!).

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By @ 11/06/12 in Asia, Australia, Canada, Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Melbourne, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Travel, Vancouver

Alex E. Proimos

The City by the Bay like you’ve never seen it: Download our November issue and read a neighborhood-by-neighborhood update on what’s hot and happening in one of the most proudly out cities on the planet.

Also in this issue: Discover Costa Rica and our six Now/Next destinations — Hong Kong, Santa Fe, San Diego, Melbourne, Vancouver, and Phoenix.

Read all about it!

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