Badlands

★★★☆☆
  • 4121 18th St

    San Francisco, CA 94114

    Cross street: at Castro

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  • 415-626-9320

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Open every day from 2PM-2AM.

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I had my first gay experience on Friday...by going to SF Badlands. Caught your attention didn't I? Badlands is cool for the following reasons: drinks are cheap, they play lots of Gaga, they have TVs that play music videos, there is a large dance floor, and the boys won't harass you if you are a girl. I would have given it 4 stars, but I had to step over a used condom to use the toilet.

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★★★☆☆

I had my first gay experience on Friday...by going to SF Badlands. Caught your attention didn't I? Badlands is cool for the following reasons: drinks are cheap, they play lots of Gaga, they have TVs that play music videos, there is a large dance floor, and the boys won't harass you if you are a girl. I would have given it 4 stars, but I had to step over a used condom to use the toilet.

Pros: Dance floor, music videos, cheap strong drinks

Cons: Dirty bathroom

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I love this place. Usually, we go to the bar, and then make our way over to badlands. My hag hates this place because something bad always happens to her here (i.e. getting punched in the face by a gay). But I love the music and the location is great!

5
★★★★★

I love this place. Usually, we go to the bar, and then make our way over to badlands. My hag hates this place because something bad always happens to her here (i.e. getting punched in the face by a gay). But I love the music and the location is great!

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Badlands is the bar if you don't quite know what you're looking for. The crowd is pretty mix with a little of everything. This is the place to sample the different types of gays that the city has to offer

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★★★★☆

Badlands is the bar if you don't quite know what you're looking for. The crowd is pretty mix with a little of everything. This is the place to sample the different types of gays that the city has to offer

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me and a friend of mine came to visit the city recently and decided to check out badlands. first off, the $3 cover was great and surprising. most clubs start at cover as much as $10. we got in and it was packed, but it was good vibes all around. everyone was having a great time. there were drink specials at $4.00/4.50 which are practically half off from reg. drinks. the music videos added more fun to the dance floor. what i love is that the music wasn't all TECHNO. i also like that there was a coat check, but be prepared to pay. its only $2 though. i'd come back again!

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★★★★☆

me and a friend of mine came to visit the city recently and decided to check out badlands. first off, the $3 cover was great and surprising. most clubs start at cover as much as $10. we got in and it was packed, but it was good vibes all around. everyone was having a great time. there were drink specials at $4.00/4.50 which are practically half off from reg. drinks. the music videos added more fun to the dance floor. what i love is that the music wasn't all TECHNO. i also like that there was a coat check, but be prepared to pay. its only $2 though. i'd come back again!

Pros: good music, attentive bartenders, cool music videos, close to escape to NY pizza!

Cons: small, communal bathroom STALLS

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Unless you like bubbly giddy twinks and queens, this isn't the place for you. I'm pretty mellow, and like to go out and have a drink or two...but I usually leave this place annoyed and p issed off. People bounce into you, slur S's at you and spill drinks down your back. I'm not saying that doesn't happen elsewhere, but it seems to happen with more frequency here.
Beware of poorly shaped eyebrow pluckers!

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★☆☆☆☆

Unless you like bubbly giddy twinks and queens, this isn't the place for you. I'm pretty mellow, and like to go out and have a drink or two...but I usually leave this place annoyed and p issed off. People bounce into you, slur S's at you and spill drinks down your back. I'm not saying that doesn't happen elsewhere, but it seems to happen with more frequency here.
Beware of poorly shaped eyebrow pluckers!

Pros: Loud music, big crowd

Cons: Plucked eyebrows, stereotypical music, plastic crowd with pretentious attitude

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This is a good place to go dance if that's exactly what you're looking for with the music videos in the background, that can at times be dated. Not so social inside, but definitely hot with the dancing. Weekends can get a bit over-crowded, where the dancing can become dancing in place.

2
★★★★☆

This is a good place to go dance if that's exactly what you're looking for with the music videos in the background, that can at times be dated. Not so social inside, but definitely hot with the dancing. Weekends can get a bit over-crowded, where the dancing can become dancing in place.

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This place used to be a hot leather bar in the Castro of San Francisco. Now it has been reduced to another "Twink Bar". But FRET NOT! It still has charm. Like side Trak in chicago, this bar is an evolutionary process and the crowd can be a little catchy. It's reputation is good and the staff is impeccable in attention to detail. This place is always busy!

2
★★★★☆

This place used to be a hot leather bar in the Castro of San Francisco. Now it has been reduced to another "Twink Bar". But FRET NOT! It still has charm. Like side Trak in chicago, this bar is an evolutionary process and the crowd can be a little catchy. It's reputation is good and the staff is impeccable in attention to detail. This place is always busy!

Pros: Videos, videos and more videos

Cons: The videos are a little dated for the average consumer...

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I love Badlands!!! I have never had a bad time there. I don't think it's possible. Cute bartenders, fun Top 40 music, nonstop dancing. Love it!

2
★★★★★

I love Badlands!!! I have never had a bad time there. I don't think it's possible. Cute bartenders, fun Top 40 music, nonstop dancing. Love it!

Pros: Fun dance music

Cons: can get so crowded you can't dance

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After reading all these other reviews I had to say something. Everytime I go there I have a blast. If you don't then its not your scene. I love the music is top 40. I love reading everyone complain about the crowd, and the drinks, and the music. I go there with intentions of having a great time and always do. I don't trip off of everyone else there. I also think the bartenders are great and as a man of color I have never had any issues with the staff. So please if you want to fall into the negative about this place, and read the reviews of some bitter queens go ahead. that just leaves more room for people who want to enjoy themselves

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★★★★★

After reading all these other reviews I had to say something. Everytime I go there I have a blast. If you don't then its not your scene. I love the music is top 40. I love reading everyone complain about the crowd, and the drinks, and the music. I go there with intentions of having a great time and always do. I don't trip off of everyone else there. I also think the bartenders are great and as a man of color I have never had any issues with the staff. So please if you want to fall into the negative about this place, and read the reviews of some bitter queens go ahead. that just leaves more room for people who want to enjoy themselves

Pros: great music, friendly staff, hot guys

Cons: can get crowded

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went for my friends birthday, and had a BLAST!!! great music, dancing, atmosphere, and drinks! $2 cover on friday/saturday. AWESOME. definately recommended.

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★★★★★

went for my friends birthday, and had a BLAST!!! great music, dancing, atmosphere, and drinks! $2 cover on friday/saturday. AWESOME. definately recommended.

Pros: cheap, great drinks, great music

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I went Christmas night with a few of my friends who were totally bummed from the holidays and all, and this place was CRAZY! The bartenders were really nice and cool and the dance floor and music were excellent!

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★★★★★

I went Christmas night with a few of my friends who were totally bummed from the holidays and all, and this place was CRAZY! The bartenders were really nice and cool and the dance floor and music were excellent!

Pros: Inexpensive $2 Cover, Drinks were great, Atmosphere was A+

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This bar is the bar to go to if you can't afford a trip
to West Hollywood. If you enjoy a vacuous clueless clientele, brainless bulimic bartenders. and
weak tiny cocktails this is definitely THE place to go!
Just remember to bring extra cash to hand to the snotty doorman for the cover.

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★★☆☆☆

This bar is the bar to go to if you can't afford a trip
to West Hollywood. If you enjoy a vacuous clueless clientele, brainless bulimic bartenders. and
weak tiny cocktails this is definitely THE place to go!
Just remember to bring extra cash to hand to the snotty doorman for the cover.

Pros: nice decor

Cons: , clone music, attitude central

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I am really embarassed that we live in the "Gay Mecca" and the Castro has nothing better to offer than this excuse for a "dance bar". The line outside is just to make it look busier to passerby's and the cover is ridiculous. The drinks are fine, as are "most" of the crowd, if you don't mind seeing the same crowd over & over. Yes, the crowd is generally rude, and the music is bubble-gum pop with videos. It is really embarassing.

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★★☆☆☆

I am really embarassed that we live in the "Gay Mecca" and the Castro has nothing better to offer than this excuse for a "dance bar". The line outside is just to make it look busier to passerby's and the cover is ridiculous. The drinks are fine, as are "most" of the crowd, if you don't mind seeing the same crowd over & over. Yes, the crowd is generally rude, and the music is bubble-gum pop with videos. It is really embarassing.

Pros: Location, easy hook up

Cons: music, videos, arbitrary line

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Bars like this belong in some backwards midwestern locale, not in the middle of the Castro. The atmosphere and most of the people are really generic, and the music is stale cheesy mainstream crap.

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★☆☆☆☆

Bars like this belong in some backwards midwestern locale, not in the middle of the Castro. The atmosphere and most of the people are really generic, and the music is stale cheesy mainstream crap.

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This place has come along way! The drinks are small but strong, and hey you can't beat 2 for 1 until 8:PM!! I think that the crowd varies from day to day--I personally like Sundays. Bummer that there are no video requests, but the DJ came down and talked to me and my friends, and was very nice (yeah they played my song!) I brought my friends in from Manchester, and they felt at home with the Euro-Pop-Dance stuff, and said that it was the best place they had been to in SF. So I don't see what all the negativity is all about--everyone was nice from top to bottom! (no pun intended).

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★★★★★

This place has come along way! The drinks are small but strong, and hey you can't beat 2 for 1 until 8:PM!! I think that the crowd varies from day to day--I personally like Sundays. Bummer that there are no video requests, but the DJ came down and talked to me and my friends, and was very nice (yeah they played my song!) I brought my friends in from Manchester, and they felt at home with the Euro-Pop-Dance stuff, and said that it was the best place they had been to in SF. So I don't see what all the negativity is all about--everyone was nice from top to bottom! (no pun intended).

Pros: Fun Music, Strong Drinks, Cute Bartenders

Cons: Friday Night Line, No Mirrors in Bathrm, Needs Better Lights

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I dont know what all the fuss is about, the Badlands was great! I have traveled the world and been to so many dance clubs, gay and straight, and the Badlands ranks as one of the best. If youre into going somewhere and recognizing almost every song played and seeing the video to boot, youre in luck. The atmosphere is very accommodating and the crowd is relatively young with the exception of a few 40+. I have to say that the best part Badlands, or any club in California, is the fact no smoking is allowed inside. It gives you the chance to smell what everyone worked so hard on smelling like before they left their house! If you like popular dance music and you never knew a video existed for that song; Badlands should be on your list! BTW, what the hell was Mezzanine?? That place was terrible!

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★★★★★

I dont know what all the fuss is about, the Badlands was great! I have traveled the world and been to so many dance clubs, gay and straight, and the Badlands ranks as one of the best. If youre into going somewhere and recognizing almost every song played and seeing the video to boot, youre in luck. The atmosphere is very accommodating and the crowd is relatively young with the exception of a few 40+. I have to say that the best part Badlands, or any club in California, is the fact no smoking is allowed inside. It gives you the chance to smell what everyone worked so hard on smelling like before they left their house! If you like popular dance music and you never knew a video existed for that song; Badlands should be on your list! BTW, what the hell was Mezzanine?? That place was terrible!

Pros: Clean Club, Great Music, NO SMOKE!

Cons: Can get crowded, A few trolls, Need more dancelights

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What the heck is up with people putting this place at #5, and having stupid tourist traps like The cafe rank #2? Come on. If you REALLY want a good time, and actually wanna hang with the locals... Go to badlands, and leave the cafe for the desperately hungry. At least at Badlands, you know your boy will be HOT! More than I can say about the cold excuses served up at the Cafe.

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★★★★★

What the heck is up with people putting this place at #5, and having stupid tourist traps like The cafe rank #2? Come on. If you REALLY want a good time, and actually wanna hang with the locals... Go to badlands, and leave the cafe for the desperately hungry. At least at Badlands, you know your boy will be HOT! More than I can say about the cold excuses served up at the Cafe.

Pros: Crowd, Bartenders, Music

Cons: SHORT line

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I hate to do this, but I'm definatly leaving a review for the Badlands. I'm the biggest gayboi girl there is and love going out with my best friend Anthony. He came to visit from out of town and I wanted to take him here. The bouncer made us wait 20 minutes while he let other gay men walk past us. Steamed, I asked if we were even going to be "allowed" in. He gave us an attitutde and finally let us in. When I came out to smoke he tried to stop me from going back in. I actually liked the place (old Badlands) and enjoyed the dance floor. I won't go back or recommend it with that kind of harassment.

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★☆☆☆☆

I hate to do this, but I'm definatly leaving a review for the Badlands. I'm the biggest gayboi girl there is and love going out with my best friend Anthony. He came to visit from out of town and I wanted to take him here. The bouncer made us wait 20 minutes while he let other gay men walk past us. Steamed, I asked if we were even going to be "allowed" in. He gave us an attitutde and finally let us in. When I came out to smoke he tried to stop me from going back in. I actually liked the place (old Badlands) and enjoyed the dance floor. I won't go back or recommend it with that kind of harassment.

Pros: nice layout, videos, music

Cons: sexist staff

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Service - wretched (the bartenders - washed up college drop-outs working to pay rent on their trailers in Hayward -- with attitude...yes, with attitude. I don't get it. "No $1.00 tip for you!")

Atmosphere - Very cool, however, floors are really sticky and not enough room to move...Castro clones all over the place.

Food & Drinks - Drinks are not that great, but don't worry, by the time you get away from the bar to drink it, it's half gone anyway due to the 300 "clones" plowing over you.

Value - I think I'd rather have a lobotomy.

Overall - I repeat, I'd rather have a lobotomy.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service - wretched (the bartenders - washed up college drop-outs working to pay rent on their trailers in Hayward -- with attitude...yes, with attitude. I don't get it. "No $1.00 tip for you!")

Atmosphere - Very cool, however, floors are really sticky and not enough room to move...Castro clones all over the place.

Food & Drinks - Drinks are not that great, but don't worry, by the time you get away from the bar to drink it, it's half gone anyway due to the 300 "clones" plowing over you.

Value - I think I'd rather have a lobotomy.

Overall - I repeat, I'd rather have a lobotomy.

Pros: Location, Location, Location

Cons: Bartenders, Castro Clones, Drinks

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It's crowded. The music stinks. There are long lines for drinks. Skip it.

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★☆☆☆☆

It's crowded. The music stinks. There are long lines for drinks. Skip it.

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Why all the negative comments about Badlands? Come on folks, times change, businesses come and go and change with the times. Obviously the new look is not going to please everyone...but it certainly seems to be drawing a crowd. If you don't like the type hanging out there just move on. When I dropped in the other night (a Thursday no less) it seemed like everyone there was having a great time. The dance floor was packed, great music was playing and most folks seemed very friendly and outgoing. Drinks were generous and the bar tenders really easy on the eyes! I loved it and so did the group i was with. We'll go back anytime.

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★★★★★

Why all the negative comments about Badlands? Come on folks, times change, businesses come and go and change with the times. Obviously the new look is not going to please everyone...but it certainly seems to be drawing a crowd. If you don't like the type hanging out there just move on. When I dropped in the other night (a Thursday no less) it seemed like everyone there was having a great time. The dance floor was packed, great music was playing and most folks seemed very friendly and outgoing. Drinks were generous and the bar tenders really easy on the eyes! I loved it and so did the group i was with. We'll go back anytime.

Pros: great music, nocover thursday, dance floor

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Anyone else miss the old, dark Badlands raise their hands. Ever since the expensive make-over and the addition of the cheesy dance floor and the video screens, this place seems more like the Midnight Sun every time I walk in. Sure, the place is packed to the gills on the weekend, but why? The drinks aren't all that great, and the guys all seem to look alike. What this place is missing is what the old bar had in spades-- character. Bring back the cheesy license plates with the sexual references, the rows of pinball machines and you'll do more to help liven the Castro scene that this tired old concept.

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★★☆☆☆

Anyone else miss the old, dark Badlands raise their hands. Ever since the expensive make-over and the addition of the cheesy dance floor and the video screens, this place seems more like the Midnight Sun every time I walk in. Sure, the place is packed to the gills on the weekend, but why? The drinks aren't all that great, and the guys all seem to look alike. What this place is missing is what the old bar had in spades-- character. Bring back the cheesy license plates with the sexual references, the rows of pinball machines and you'll do more to help liven the Castro scene that this tired old concept.

Pros: a place to dance

Cons: nothing special

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Yuck. Double Yuck. How lame can you get? This is the kind of crappy crowd content with crappy music and land's end-meets-international male catalogues that I left Detroit to get away from. I'm not intoxicated by the "college freshmen look," sorry. I've really really REALLY tried to have fun here, but no go. So no go.

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★☆☆☆☆

Yuck. Double Yuck. How lame can you get? This is the kind of crappy crowd content with crappy music and land's end-meets-international male catalogues that I left Detroit to get away from. I'm not intoxicated by the "college freshmen look," sorry. I've really really REALLY tried to have fun here, but no go. So no go.

Pros: Target Practice

Cons: Late 80s

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A space-age dance floor with TVs all around lets patrons lose themselves in dance-video heaven. Exposed brick and flower arrangements add a touch of class, while handsome bartenders tend to the drinks. The party's always…

 

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