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8 Lesbian-Friendly Spots To Visit Once the Lexington Club Is Gone

The end of the Lex doesn't mean the end of the party.

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The impending closure of the Lexington Club is a major blow to San Francisco's lesbian community, but for women looking to meet other women, it doesn't mean the end of the party, says Robyn Exton, founder of HER, a Tinder-like dating app for lesbian, queer, and bisexual women. With the Lex's last hurrah set for late April, we asked Exton to give us the scoop on other places in SF and Oakland where queer women can get out and meet each other, from relaxed brunches to all-day danceathons. Here are her eight favorites.

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1. The New Parish

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579 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 444-7474
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"Ships in The Night is the fastest growing and undoubtedly coolest (and dare I say, most hipster) lez party in town. A queer dance party in Oakland where almost every night is a fundraiser to support a local cause. Great parties, great crowd, great music PLUS supporting local projects? Win." When: First Saturday of the month

2. El Rio

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3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-3325
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"If I could pick a first place in this list of best places, Mango would take it, without a doubt. It's an all-day outdoor party, the most incredible hip-hop, fantastic margaritas (at a great price), and a really mixed crowd. You can easily lose a day here; just make sure you get there before 4pm to avoid the line around the block." When: Last Saturday of the month

3. Beatbox

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314 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 500-2675
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"Brought to you by Jolene Linsangan, the same woman who gave us Cockblock, UHAUL pulls hundreds of women to Beatbox SF every third Friday. The venue is perfect for dancing so make sure your energy is high." When: Every third Friday of the month

4. Rickshaw Stop

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155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 861-2011
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"After 9 years, Cockblock SF still brings you the best crowd of women you've seen in San Francisco. Probably the most popular night with the youngsters of the Bay. When 2am rolls around, you won't want to head home." When: Every second Saturday of the month

5. Radish

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3465 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 834-5441
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"For a great, relaxed dinner, warm atmosphere and super attentive staff, Radish is not only a dining delight, it's also run by a wonderful queer woman, Emily Summers. Check out the Cats and Puppies to start with and don't miss trying one of their renowned burgers. If you catch it before April 30th, head on over to The Lexington after dinner, to drink to the city's oldest lesbian bar before it closes."

6. BEAUX

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2344 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
"Pussy Party is the newest kid on the block, but this Wednesday night party is definitely here to stay. With different themes every week, check out oil wrestling, gogo dancers, BABEtenders and drink specials at Beaux SF. It's worth staying awake on hump day." When: Every Wednesday

7. Wild Side West

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424 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-3099
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"A lesbian-owned Bernal Heights landmark, Wild Side West has become more of a local's spot on Cortland Ave, but it's still worth the nod from the lady-loving crowd. Head here for a lazy game of billiards or a cocktail in the back garden. Expect a taste of the real San Francisco... not another young, hipster bar."

8. SF Lipstick Lesbian Meetup Group

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"Nearly 1,000 women strong, SF Lipstick Lesbians is a Meetup group for the femme in all of us. Whether at a curated event or a sponsored party, you'll have a great time with this group. And don't worry, chapsticks ARE welcome."

1. The New Parish

579 18th St, Oakland, CA 94612
"Ships in The Night is the fastest growing and undoubtedly coolest (and dare I say, most hipster) lez party in town. A queer dance party in Oakland where almost every night is a fundraiser to support a local cause. Great parties, great crowd, great music PLUS supporting local projects? Win." When: First Saturday of the month
579 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612

2. El Rio

3158 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
"If I could pick a first place in this list of best places, Mango would take it, without a doubt. It's an all-day outdoor party, the most incredible hip-hop, fantastic margaritas (at a great price), and a really mixed crowd. You can easily lose a day here; just make sure you get there before 4pm to avoid the line around the block." When: Last Saturday of the month
3158 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Beatbox

314 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
"Brought to you by Jolene Linsangan, the same woman who gave us Cockblock, UHAUL pulls hundreds of women to Beatbox SF every third Friday. The venue is perfect for dancing so make sure your energy is high." When: Every third Friday of the month
314 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Rickshaw Stop

155 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
"After 9 years, Cockblock SF still brings you the best crowd of women you've seen in San Francisco. Probably the most popular night with the youngsters of the Bay. When 2am rolls around, you won't want to head home." When: Every second Saturday of the month
155 Fell St
San Francisco, CA 94102

5. Radish

3465 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
"For a great, relaxed dinner, warm atmosphere and super attentive staff, Radish is not only a dining delight, it's also run by a wonderful queer woman, Emily Summers. Check out the Cats and Puppies to start with and don't miss trying one of their renowned burgers. If you catch it before April 30th, head on over to The Lexington after dinner, to drink to the city's oldest lesbian bar before it closes."
3465 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. BEAUX

2344 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114
"Pussy Party is the newest kid on the block, but this Wednesday night party is definitely here to stay. With different themes every week, check out oil wrestling, gogo dancers, BABEtenders and drink specials at Beaux SF. It's worth staying awake on hump day." When: Every Wednesday
2344 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114

7. Wild Side West

424 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110
"A lesbian-owned Bernal Heights landmark, Wild Side West has become more of a local's spot on Cortland Ave, but it's still worth the nod from the lady-loving crowd. Head here for a lazy game of billiards or a cocktail in the back garden. Expect a taste of the real San Francisco... not another young, hipster bar."
424 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. SF Lipstick Lesbian Meetup Group

San Francisco, CA
"Nearly 1,000 women strong, SF Lipstick Lesbians is a Meetup group for the femme in all of us. Whether at a curated event or a sponsored party, you'll have a great time with this group. And don't worry, chapsticks ARE welcome."

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