Drag Queens Say Farewell to Mission Institution Esta Noche

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Anna Conda and Heklina at "Save Esta Noche"

Another one bites the dust.

Mission gay bar, Esta Noche, has closed its doors to make way for, you guessed it, another swanky cocktail bar geared toward 20-somethings with disposable income. The venue, which for the past 33 years has catered to the queer Latino crowd and played host to weekly drag shows, was a little rough, for sure. Locals tell stories of walking by mid-afternoon and catching glimpses of dudes blowing other dudes behind open doors. But it's San Francisco. Wouldn't you be a little disappointed if we couldn't stand some mid-day BJ action?


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Keep It Classy This New Year's Eve With These Hot Events

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You can only Peter Pan your way through the most festive night of the year so many times before you realize there might be perks to actually making plans -- free champagne, for instance, or a place to finally wear that designer gown you scored at the thrift store. If one of your resolutions for 2013 is to start acting like a grown-up, there's no better place to start than NYE.

See also:

Our calendar section for more events

Trends that need to die in 2013


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My Drunk Kitchen Gets Fancy with HD, Celebrity Guest Spots, and a Tour

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Hannah Hart

Julia Child, who would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year, ended many of her cooking segments with a plated meal and a glass of wine. The lady loved to drink -- so much so, that she dedicated the preamble of her seminal book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, to the subject.

Bay Area native, Hannah Hart, has taken Child's modus operandi to disastrous and hilarious new heights. Hart is the brain behind My Drunk Kitchen, a YouTube series dedicated to the art of inebriated cooking.

See also:

Gay People Love Vodka (Infographic)

Video(s) of the Day: Schmooze and Booze with Dan Savage


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Robots Invade a Bar to Serve Drinks and Raise Money for Their "Olympics"

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We read about BarBot 2012 online a few weeks ago and immediately sent the organizers a "radical clarity" question: "So, at this event, robots are serving drinks?" And the reply was clear: "Yes. Robots are serving drinks."

That bears repeating: "Robots are serving drinks."

Tonight. (Friday.) At PariSoma.

That's more than enough to make us show up, but there's more to tell.

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It's Pride Weekend -- Here Are the Basics


Queer Pride weekend in San Francisco is always an overwhelming undertaking. So much is going on that it's almost too much to comprehend. But here's a starter kit, if you will, dividing the weekend into three sections starting tonight. Speaking of starters, in the clip above you'll see the Dykes on Bikes from 2010. This moto-contingent has begun the annual parade for years.

Today (Friday) is the day to celebrate the magic of our transsexual selves and comrades. The Trans March began at 3:30 p.m. at Dolores Park and reaches its destination at UN Plaza at 6:30 p.m. Later check out Unofficial: The Original Plumbing Trans Pride Party. The event presented by the trans lifestyle mag features local faves DJ Rapid Fire and DJ Bunnystyle along with hot-'n'-heavy go-go dancers and all the cruising you can take.


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The Six Most Literary Drugs

Categories: Cocktails

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The people who think writers are simply gifted at wielding words are the same people who think the Beatles were sober when they dreamed up the concept for Sergeant Pepper.

So we're gonna let those folks in on a little secret: Drugs have historically inspired most writers or at least given them momentary reprieve from their inner turmoil. Here's our guide to the six most literary drugs -- what they'll do to you, what you'll write while wasted on 'em, and what books to read while blasted.

And before any of you 420-friendly folks manage to put down the bong and complain that we didn't include weed, we'll just say: We included only real drugs. If no one has ever driven a car off a cliff while on the substance, we don't think it counts. Calling weed a real drug is like calling rice cakes real food.

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Watch Young Frankenstein and Craft Drunk with the Gang at Retro Fit

Don't think too much, just clear your schedule: Our Tuck of the Town drag-scene columnist Steven LeMay hosts a drunken craft night/screening of Young Frankenstein in his vintage clothing/faux hair/custom t-shirt shop, Retro Fit, tomorrow.

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Best and Worst Hangover Cures from a Hungover Girl

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[Even though it's Wednesday morning, and she has a grown-up job, Angela Lutz is hungover. But functioning! To help show the rest of us how it's done, she penned this helpful list. Please note that this list has nothing to do with Bradley Cooper.]

Angela "ThunderLutz" Lutz's Best & Worst Hangover Cures


Amy's cheese enchiladas + purple-flavored Gatorade
If your dad was anything like my dad, he had a stockpile of questionable frozen food, mostly those 10-for-$10 Hungry Man dinners and perhaps a stash of "Mexican" dishes, including those oddly brownish enchiladas with the supergooey cheese that you had to scrape off the sides of the wax-paper container with your fork.

But here's the real secret: If you were anything like me, you looked forward to the days when Dad was responsible for lunch and he would dig the enchiladas out of the freezer and shove them in the microwave. You knew Mom would hate it that he was feeding you that crap, and really, that was part of the fun, like a weird junk food alliance forged between the two of you.

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Dirty Bingo on Sunday at the Tempest:
You've Been Warned

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MC Dreadzilla, host of Dirty Bingo, swears that it's her body in this photo. We believe her.
Bingo. It's a word that fits comfortably alongside "senior center" and "church fundraiser." But how about "black dildo," "cocktail," or "porn star?" Get used to it, because a group of oddballs have begun what they call Dirty Bingo on Sunday nights at the Tempest Bar, and if an initial conversation with one of them is any indication, they're here to stay.

"I have already been recognized as 'The Dirty Bingo Lady' walking around town," says MC Dreadzilla. "World domination has already been set in motion."

And this is after just one session.

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