The Lowdown on the Ho-Down! 2014!

December 11, 2014

Santacon will start on Saturday 12/13/2014 at 12 noon in Union Square Park.

There is a lot of information here.  Please take the time to read ALL of it.  

If you don’t know where Union Square is here is a map.   The closest BART station is Powell.  We start in Union Square as it’s full of people and we want to spread the joy of the season to other people.  Santa encourages you to have fun.  Chat and mingle with the tourists and shoppers.  Let them take pictures, offer to pose with them, tell them what Santacon is all about.  Help them see the season is about more than shopping, it’s about making connections with other people.  Spread JOY.

This year Santa decided to go back to his roots…… you know, give toys away to kids. The only issue is the elves have really strict parole conditions. OK…you don’t really want them near kids. Let’s just leave it at that. So Santa called his friends at the San Francisco Fire Department for help.

This year Santa will be collecting toys for the SFFD’s Toy Program.

Here’s what you need to do. Bring a toy to with you to Union Square. There will be a SFFD fire truck parked outside of the Handlery Union Square Hotel, located at 351 Geary Street.   This is about five doors away from Union Square (here is a map if you need a visual aid) and conveniently just a few doors away from Lefty O’Douls.

You drop your toy off at the fire truck.  The truck will be parked there from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  so do this first, as soon as you get to Union Sq.  Folks from the SFFD will be on hand to collect your toy.  Cash donations are OK.  Just make sure you only give cash to uniformed SFFD personnel.  Here are the guidelines for toys.

  1. Bring something for a kid 12 years old or under.
    2. Bring a NEW toy, not some piece of crap you have lying around the house. Put some effort into it OK?
    3. Don’t wrap it.
    4. For girls they especially need gifts for older girls. Arts and Crafts kits and dolls are in high demand. For boys they need sports equipment.  Don’t get all PC and lecture Santa about toys and gender roles. Give the kids what they want.

The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2011, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. They also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters. They are way cool and some of them are extremely hot (the fire women too).

Download the Santacon songbook here and remember to follow SFSanta on Twitter.  Use the hashtag #SFSanta to let Santa know where you are and find out where Santa is.  Santa will be all over the city.

A word about behavior.  Remember the 5 F’s!

  1. Don’t Fuck with police.
  2. Don’t Fuck with kids.
  3. Don’t Fuck with security.
  4. Don’t Fuck with bartenders.
  5. Don’t Fuck with Santa.

Be AWESOME to bar staff!    Pay with cash…it gets chaotic when Santa comes to town.   Tip well…Santa wants to be welcome in years to come.   Bring ID…Santa is of legal drinking age.

While SOME naughty is nice, don’t be an asshole!    No vandalism, violence, theft or other criminal behavior…Santacon is about spreading joy, not needing bail.  Santa’s Little Douchebag Contingent is NOT welcome at our reindeer games.  Santa’s look out for each other…naughty of the NOT nice variety is not tolerated!  If you find yourself in conflict with a drunken belligerent Santa, walk away.  Just let it go.

Be SAFE & PREPARED!  Don’t be that Santa that gets so jolly that you need babysitting!  Buddy up…we’re still in a city!  Dress for the occasion & weather…costume + comfy shoes + layers = Happy Santa.    Expect to walk…a lot.  Take public transportation…Muni/BART/cabs are your friend!  Don’t drink and drive!  Remember to eat something!  Take a break and grab some food while you’re out.   Take care of yourself.  Don’t block the street in busy areas of the city!  Stay on the freakin sidewalk! Leave no trace…put trash/recycle into cans and clean up after your reindeer!   There are Santacon backlashes in many cities.  Lets show everyone Bay Area Santa knows how to do it right.

Note:  There is a protest scheduled to start at noon in San Francisco.  Please be safe and aware of your surroundings at all times!  

Routes – All Day Parties and After Parties.

Not all bars want to be listed here.  Some bars are thinking of banning Santa.  Don’t be the Santa that gives Santacon a bad name.  Don’t be an asshole. The listed bars are the ones who are really looking forward to seeing Santa.  TREAT THEM WELL.  Most bars in the area have been warned/know that Santa is coming.

Thanks to the Santa out there who took all the bars on the routes and put them on a map for you here.

Castro Route
Head up Market Street to the Castro!
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)
Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 4049 18th St (17th/18th)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18th/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)
Lucky 13 – 2140 Market (15th – Church)
Pilsner Inn – 225 Church (15th-Market)
Lower Haight Route
Follow the Market/Castro route then hang a right at Church St. and make your way to Haight.
Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)
Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)
Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)

Upper Haight Route
Take a cab to the Upper Haight or consider walking!
Aub Zam Zam – 1633 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Club Deluxe – 1511 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)

Polk Gulch/Tenderloin Route
Saunter over from Union Square. It’s not that far!
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)
R Bar – 1176 Sutter (Polk/Larkin
Ha-Ra – 875 Geary Street (Larkin)
The Brown Jug – 496 Eddy (Hyde)
Fly Bar – 1085 Sutter (Larkin)
Amsterdam Cafe – 937 Geary (Polk /Larkin)
Whiskey Thieves – 839 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Aunt Charlies – 133 Turk (Jones/Taylor)
Gangway – 841 Larkin (Geary)
McTeague’s Saloon – 1237 Polk (Sutter/Bush)
Shanghi Kelly’s – 2064 Polk St
The Basement – 222 Hyde St
Ace’s – 998 Sutter (Hyde/Leavenworth)

Chinatown/North Beach Route
Head up Grant Street………
Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)|
Rogue Ales – 673 Union (Powell/Stockton)
Bacchus Kirk – 925 Bush (Jones/Taylor)
Mr Bings- 201 Columbus at Pacific.
Grant and Green- 1371 Grant.
Vesuvio Cafe – 255 Columbus at Jack Kerouac.
Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub.  – 530 Jackson at Columbus
Tope- 1326 Grant near Green
Condor Club- 560 Broadway at Columbus
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union) 362-7023/Juan
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
The Saloon – 1232 Grant (Bway/Fresno)
Columbus Café – 562 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Specs’ Twelve Adler – 12 William Saroyan (Bway/Columbus)
Gino & Carlo – 548 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Amante – 570 Green (Columbus/Grant)
Tony Nik’s – 1534 Stockton (Columbus/Green)
The Boardroom – 1609 Powell (Green/Union)
Kennedy’s – 1040 Columbus (Chestnut/Francisco)
International Sports Club – 1000 Columbus (Chestnut)

Mission Route
From Union Square Santa will either follow the Mission/Castro route and take a left on Valencia or jump on BART at Powell St. and get off at 16th street.  From there Santa walks over to Valencia.  There are tons of bars on Valencia between 16th and 17th and on 16th between Valencia and Guererro.  Keep in mind that hipsters sleep late so some bars may not be open until 2-3P.

Phoenix – 811 Valencia (19th)   – Opens at 9:30 am
Elixir – 16th and Guererro – Open at 9AM
Delirium – 3139 16th (btwn Valencia & Guererro) – Opens 1 pm
Blondies – 540 Valencia (16th) – Opens 2 pm
Doc’s Clock – 2575 Mission (21st and 22nd) – opens at 4pm
Esta Noche – 16th at Mission (3pm)
Lexington – The Only Lesbian Bar in San Francisco –  (5 pm)
Latin American Club – 3286 22nd (Valencia)
Make-Out Room  – 3225 22nd (Mission)
500 Club – 500 Guerrero St
Casanova- 527 Valencia
Dalva – 3121 16th

SOMA
Santa can’t count all the bars here!
Club OMG – 43 6th street
Club 93 – 93 9th Street (at Mission).
End Up -6th & Harrison
Hole-in-the-Wall   -(10th & Folsom)
Powerhouse – (10th & Folsom)
Eagle – 398 12th

East Bay Santa’s
Meet at Heinolds – Jack London Sq. at 10AM.  Take the 11:30A ferry to the SF Ferry Building ($6.25), arrive at 12N and cut your own path or take a cab/BART to Union Sq.  FYI, Clipper Cards are accepted on the ferry.

All Day Parties and After Parties – Some Santa’s like to find a place to hang all day or need a place to go dancing.  Click the Facebook links provided for each location to see details and DJ lineups.

DNA Lounge – 375 11th Street
The Bootie SF Santacon Afterparty
Doors Open at 9PM – goes till after hours – Fully dressed Santa’s get in free
Note that if you are too drunk they will NOT let you in.
Facebook Event Link

Club OMG – 43 6th Street
Doors open at 2pm – No Cover  -DRINK SPECIALS for SANTAS ALL DAY

Wish Bar and Lounge – 1539 Folsom
SantaCon House at Wish SF
A great line-up of DJ’s all day and into the night (14hrs exactly), a dance-off (whatever that is???), best costume King and Queen, not to mention a great sound system, super duper bartenders, and a chance to live out all of your Santa on the dance floor fantasies…

Facebook Event Link

See you on Saturday.  Nothing can stop the Red Tide.

SF Santa

Santarchy 2014 Toy Drive!

December 1, 2014

Once again Santa will be collecting toys for the SFFD’s Toy Program 2014!

Here’s what you need to do. Bring a toy to with you to Union Square at the start of Santarchy. There will be a SFFD fire truck parked outside of the Handlery Union Square Hotel, located at 351 Geary Street.   This is about five doors away from Union Square (here is a map if you need a visual aid) and conveniently just a few doors away from Lefty O’Douls.

You drop your toy off at the fire truck.  The truck will be parked there from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM  so do this first, as soon as you get to Union Sq.  Folks from the SFFD will be on hand to collect your toy.  Cash donations are OK.  Just make sure you only give cash to uniformed SFFD personnel.  Here are the guidelines for toys.

  1. Bring something for a kid 12 years old or under.
    2. Bring a NEW toy, not some piece of crap you have lying around the house. Put some effort into it OK?
    3. Don’t wrap it.
    4. For girls they especially need gifts for older girls. Arts and Crafts kits and dolls are in high demand. For boys they need sports equipment.  Don’t get all PC and lecture Santa about toys and gender roles. Give the kids what they want.

The San Francisco Firefighter’s Toy Program is the city’s largest and the nation’s oldest program of its kind. Since 1949, it has evolved from a few firefighters repairing broken toys and bikes for 15 families to, in 2011, 300 firefighters and friends volunteering their time to distribute over 200,000 toys to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children. Besides helping individual families in need, the Toy Program serves many community organizations, including shelters for abused women and children, inner-city schools, children’s cancer wards, and pediatric AIDS units. They also respond on a year round basis to displaced children who become victims of fires, floods and other such disasters. They are way cool and some of them are extremely hot (the fire women too).

SantaCon 2014

October 7, 2014

SantaCon 2014 will be Saturday December 13th.   Stay tuned for details!

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