Twin Peaks Tavern, aka The Glass Coffin, Is Officially Deemed Historic

Categories: LGBT

We've had a White Russian or two in there
The elder gents of the Castro might want to drink to this: Twin Peaks Tavern, the gay Cheers of San Francisco, was officially declared a historic landmark. Unofficially, it's been declared a kick-ass place for a White Russian.

The historic status seems more than appropriate for a bar better known as the "glass coffin" or the "crystal casket" because of its generally old(er) clientele.

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Sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro district, the legislation passed with flying colors(!) at yesterday's Board of Supervisors hearing. Here's what Wiener has to say about that:

"Twin Peaks Tavern has been at the center of our LGBT community for over 40 years," Wiener said. "I'm excited to celebrate the historical significance of this iconic bar in the heart of the Castro."

Twin Peaks Tavern was founded in the 1930s, and in 1972, it was purchased by two lesbians, starting its life as a Castro fixture for the LGBT community. It's the first known gay bar to feature full-length, open-plate glass windows, making it possible for all to view your drunken drama from afar. This transparency was a rather ballsy decision at a time when gays were targets of ongoing police raids.

Today, the bar is a well-established watering hole where the young, old, and even older stop in for a night cap, conversation, and if things go well, maybe some companionship. "Twin Peaks Tavern represents the LGBT community's proud movement from out of the shadows and into the open," Wiener said.

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