It's Pride Week , and with that comes a whole bevy of once-a-year parties to fill the dance cards of every LGBT party kid in town. But San Francisco is, after all, one of the gay centers of the universe, with a dense and diverse homo population that rivals any major city in the U. Over the last couple of years, gay nightlife has gotten a jolt of fresh energy thanks to a couple of new venues, and the off-playa work of a couple of popular Burning Man camps, and now, so long as you aren't trying to leave the Castro on Mondays or Tuesdays, there's pretty much always somewhere lively and cool to shake your ass and get wasted. Below, SFist's tried and true favorites, in honor of Pride. Oasis Oasis burst onto the gay scene this year, throwing an opening bash on New Year's Eve, and seemed already destined for success given the party-throwing experience of co-owner Heklina. She and fellow drag queen D'Arcy Drollinger, along with two other partners, had for years been looking for a permanent home for their regular performances and parties, like the famed Trannyshack rechristened Mother this year in the name of political correctness , and their live stagings of sitcoms like The Golden Girls and Sex and the City.
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Almost as famous for its after-hours offerings as it is for its sweeping views, San Francisco definitely knows how to party. The recent surge of Silicon Valley headquarters here means there's tons of young, single people on the hunt for fun--and the city has upped its game as a result. Hit SoMa for the best gay nightclubs and bars, Hayes Valley for artisanal cocktails, or the Mission for hipster dives, but don't forget the gay bars of the Castro--as much community centers as they are watering holes--which are fantastic places to meet and mingle. A few tips: Gay bars tend to be cash-only, last call is generally around a.