The Stud Is Staying Put for Two More Years

Saved again! The club's ownership, a sprawling collective of nightlife pros, announces more LGBTQ parties even as a search for a long-term home continues.

The Stud, the half-century-old queer bar that a collective of roughly a dozen and a half nightlife professionals saved from certain doom a few years ago, has renewed a two-year lease at 399 Ninth St., where it has stood since 1987.

“We’re still actively searching for a permanent home, where the Stud can continue to serve the Bay Area’s queer community,” Stud Collective president Rachel Ryan said in a statement. “It’s now more important than ever to support the Stud and similar places that hold space for our community through all the changes that San Francisco is experiencing.”

This is welcome news, as in spite of a burst of dedicated activism, the Stud’s future has never been secure. In a feature-length 2017 profile of the Stud, SF Weekly noted that the bar opened in spring 1966, in what is now the site of Holy Cow, at a time when SoMa was not yet the leather-centric neighborhood it would later become. Even in those days, LGBTQ spaces were rather stratified, but the Stud stood out for welcoming all kinds of people. In the 1990s, prominent S.F. drag queen Heklina — now a co-owner of Oasis, a few blocks away — began her long-running drag night Trannyshack there. 

In July 2016, then-Stud owner Michael McElhaney revealed that the rent was about to be nearly tripled, and he prepared to close down the bar. But the story became national news, and a “Save Our Stud” Facebook group emerged. The collective grew out of it, and rededicated the bar on New Year’s Eve.

To commemorate the 24-month extension of the bar’s lease, The Stud announced several more parties to its weekly and monthly calendars:

Fridays, 6:30-8 p.m.
A weekly evening cavalcade of drag, burlesque, and other hijinks, hosted by VivvyAnne ForeverMore.

Saturdays, 6 p.m.
Queer burlesque happy hour, hosted by the legendary Red Bone.

First Thursdays, 10 p.m. – late
A variety show showcasing the avant-garde elements of the queer community, plus dancing all night with hosts John F*cking Cartwright and Kochina Rude.

First Fridays, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
A wild monthly dance party party that welcomes everyone and centers women.

Third Fridays, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Showcases cutting-edge underground electronic sounds, featuring some of the most intriguing players on the scene.

Fourth Sundays
Witchiness abounds with dark romantic jams from DJs Stephen Quinones and Siobhan Aluvalot. 

First Sundays, 5 p.m. – late
Legendary New York DJ Rich King lifts spirits at this afternoon tea dance. 

As we’ve written many times, the future of LGBTQ spaces is San Francisco always dicey, although 2018 saw more openings than closures for the first-time in a long time. Perhaps most significantly, as the Stud’s search for a forever home within SoMa continued, Jolene’s opened seven blocks away — just outside the neighborhood, in the former Dear Mom — bringing

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