We like our gay bars like we like our women -- rough around the edges and with as little cover as possible. With its bordello-esque atmosphere and cheap drinks, it's no surprise that The Stud, one of the city's oldest gay bars, still reigns supreme.
Sure, it can be a little cramped, and there are corners so dark you need to feel your way out, but where The Stud lacks in ambience, it makes up for it with its no-holds-barred drag performances, amazing local DJs, and innovative performances such as the weekly Meow Mix. Billed as a night of "glamorous and not so glamorous avant-garde performance art," Meow Mix is a cabaret show where anything goes. Expect a little raunch, elaborate costuming, and acerbic wit from host Ferosha Titties. Includes a pre-show by Pippi Lovestocking and DJ Dirty, keeping your ears purring all night.
Meow Mix is every Tuesday at "11ish" at The Stud, 399 Ninth St., S.F. Admission is $3-$5.