The Wild Side West

★★★★☆
  • 424 Cortland Ave

    San Francisco, CA 94110

    Cross street: at Wool

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  • 415-647-3099

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Wild Side West is a great bar on Cortland with an incredible outdoor area. From the outside, Wild Side West seems intimidating. The front door is always closed and as a lesbian bar, it's hard to know if straight couples are welcome.

Once I went inside, I immediately knew this is a neighborhood bar first. The staff and crowd were friendly and the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed.

After getting drinks we walked outside to check out the famous garden and were blown away. The space was enormous and divided into conversation areas. Just a fantastic place to grab some beers, sit outside and hang out with your friends.

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★★★★★

Wild Side West is a great bar on Cortland with an incredible outdoor area. From the outside, Wild Side West seems intimidating. The front door is always closed and as a lesbian bar, it's hard to know if straight couples are welcome.

Once I went inside, I immediately knew this is a neighborhood bar first. The staff and crowd were friendly and the atmosphere was comfortable and relaxed.

After getting drinks we walked outside to check out the famous garden and were blown away. The space was enormous and divided into conversation areas. Just a fantastic place to grab some beers, sit outside and hang out with your friends.

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Don't expect a lot of love from the bartenders, but the surliness is part of their charm. While it's a primarily lesbian bar, everyone is welcome and I've always felt at home there. The backyard is like something out of a Hemingway novel, little nooks and crannies that you can sit down in and enjoy your beer as long as you don't mind the Indigo Girls sing-a-longs. And I don't.

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★★★★★

Don't expect a lot of love from the bartenders, but the surliness is part of their charm. While it's a primarily lesbian bar, everyone is welcome and I've always felt at home there. The backyard is like something out of a Hemingway novel, little nooks and crannies that you can sit down in and enjoy your beer as long as you don't mind the Indigo Girls sing-a-longs. And I don't.

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I was lucky enough to live in walking distance to this historic San Francisco landmark for a few years. Its a neighborhood bar first, a lesbian bar second and a free jam session space for many talented musicians always. The beers on tap are great. All the drink specials have a story behind them. The bartenders are sweet and sassy. Order a pot pie from the restaurant next door and kick it in the garden with your buds. Don't forget to swing by the ATM because its cash only.

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★★★★★

I was lucky enough to live in walking distance to this historic San Francisco landmark for a few years. Its a neighborhood bar first, a lesbian bar second and a free jam session space for many talented musicians always. The beers on tap are great. All the drink specials have a story behind them. The bartenders are sweet and sassy. Order a pot pie from the restaurant next door and kick it in the garden with your buds. Don't forget to swing by the ATM because its cash only.

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I live across town and at least 2x month make my way over to suburb-in-the-city eclectic Bernal and the welcoming bar on Cortland, Wild Side West. I am not a lesbian, yet they make me and my husband always feel welcome. I am surprised another person rated this bar as unfriendly, because I find just the opposite (maybe the bartender was just busy, because there's usually only one and the place does get pretty crowded.) My advice is to go on a Wednesday or Thursday night when the place has more of a local vibe. Be prepared to be hungover because they make a stiff, and I mean stiff, drink! Amen!! (P.S. great place to pick up a game of pool).

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★★★★★

I live across town and at least 2x month make my way over to suburb-in-the-city eclectic Bernal and the welcoming bar on Cortland, Wild Side West. I am not a lesbian, yet they make me and my husband always feel welcome. I am surprised another person rated this bar as unfriendly, because I find just the opposite (maybe the bartender was just busy, because there's usually only one and the place does get pretty crowded.) My advice is to go on a Wednesday or Thursday night when the place has more of a local vibe. Be prepared to be hungover because they make a stiff, and I mean stiff, drink! Amen!! (P.S. great place to pick up a game of pool).

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Been there 3 times and i must say that the place looked too good to be true. The atmosphere was vivid, the location couldn't be better and 3 dollar beers is something you don't find around very much. I was even lucky enough to be served by a very nice and polite bartender who reminded me of a of a good italian friend from highschool. However, last time i was there (and actually the first one as well) a short blond bartender went out of her way to make us (i was with a couple of friends who live around the corner) feel unwelcome. i guess taking money from straight people is all good but showing some good manners to them is just out of the question.
Being part of the hospitality industry for the past 12 years, i can tell when some people just don't wanna deal with certain customers and despite our effort to show we were decent, good paying customers, we still got treated poorly, to say the least. don't get me wrong, the place, the people (most of them anyways) that go there are very nice and down to earth, but i think certain employees should show common sense and treat all paying customers with the respect they deserve.

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★★☆☆☆

Been there 3 times and i must say that the place looked too good to be true. The atmosphere was vivid, the location couldn't be better and 3 dollar beers is something you don't find around very much. I was even lucky enough to be served by a very nice and polite bartender who reminded me of a of a good italian friend from highschool. However, last time i was there (and actually the first one as well) a short blond bartender went out of her way to make us (i was with a couple of friends who live around the corner) feel unwelcome. i guess taking money from straight people is all good but showing some good manners to them is just out of the question.
Being part of the hospitality industry for the past 12 years, i can tell when some people just don't wanna deal with certain customers and despite our effort to show we were decent, good paying customers, we still got treated poorly, to say the least. don't get me wrong, the place, the people (most of them anyways) that go there are very nice and down to earth, but i think certain employees should show common sense and treat all paying customers with the respect they deserve.

Pros: great location, good prices, cool patrons, usually neighborhood people

Cons: bartenders

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you have to check this secret fortress out... great bar but go down stairs and you will find secret garden... so lovely and you will probably see people playin guitar singing and having a grand time... must see for yourself....

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★★★★★

you have to check this secret fortress out... great bar but go down stairs and you will find secret garden... so lovely and you will probably see people playin guitar singing and having a grand time... must see for yourself....

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This bar is not only for ladies but a lot of guys go here. Best prices I have seen lately. Very unusual suroundings. Interesting items on walls and throughout the bar. Got the oldest cash register I have seen in years. Regina, a new addition to the staff, is especially nice, fast. and cute too. Has large TV,s. Many beer taps. Outside areas popular.

2
★★★★☆

This bar is not only for ladies but a lot of guys go here. Best prices I have seen lately. Very unusual suroundings. Interesting items on walls and throughout the bar. Got the oldest cash register I have seen in years. Regina, a new addition to the staff, is especially nice, fast. and cute too. Has large TV,s. Many beer taps. Outside areas popular.

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If you are tired of the overcrowded, attitude and drama filled, young dy ke scene at the Lexington Club, then Wild Side West may be the bar for you. This place has everything a young and older lesbian is looking for in a bar: 2 level outdoor patio, jukebox, pool table, video poker, pinball, Galaga, Ms. Pacman, cable TV's, bar and table seats, and friendly bar staff. The drinks are reasonably priced and come in regular sized glasses, not the small ones that the Lex has converted to. Parking is very easy to find on or around Cortland street, which also has some great restaurants, cafes, and places to shop. On the weekends, you will find lots of lesbian s with dogs, lesbian s with kids, and just plain lesbian s walking up and around Cortland. Wild Side West is a great neighborhood bar to drink and gather anytime of the week or weekend. Plus, lot's of water and plastic cups are available for those who would prefer an alcoholic alternative.

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★★★★☆

If you are tired of the overcrowded, attitude and drama filled, young dy ke scene at the Lexington Club, then Wild Side West may be the bar for you. This place has everything a young and older lesbian is looking for in a bar: 2 level outdoor patio, jukebox, pool table, video poker, pinball, Galaga, Ms. Pacman, cable TV's, bar and table seats, and friendly bar staff. The drinks are reasonably priced and come in regular sized glasses, not the small ones that the Lex has converted to. Parking is very easy to find on or around Cortland street, which also has some great restaurants, cafes, and places to shop. On the weekends, you will find lots of lesbian s with dogs, lesbian s with kids, and just plain lesbian s walking up and around Cortland. Wild Side West is a great neighborhood bar to drink and gather anytime of the week or weekend. Plus, lot's of water and plastic cups are available for those who would prefer an alcoholic alternative.

Pros: Parking, jukebox, outdoor patio

Cons: Not enough lesbian s

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If you want a casual, warm and friendly place to hang out, this is the place. Spontaneous music and laughter, a neighborhood bar that welcomes everyone espcially Lesbians... Thurs and Friday good, weekends parties(birthday etc) The back patio-nice and eccentric with beautiful trees, flowers, murals and various seating arrangements, for privacy or not. Most of the gals(and guy's) have know each other decades-new friends easy to meet. Be open minded, and surprised.

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★★★★★

If you want a casual, warm and friendly place to hang out, this is the place. Spontaneous music and laughter, a neighborhood bar that welcomes everyone espcially Lesbians... Thurs and Friday good, weekends parties(birthday etc) The back patio-nice and eccentric with beautiful trees, flowers, murals and various seating arrangements, for privacy or not. Most of the gals(and guy's) have know each other decades-new friends easy to meet. Be open minded, and surprised.

Pros: funky atmosphere, lesbian, neighborbood, easy to meet folks

 

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