Lone Star Saloon Homecoming Telethon

The friendliest gay bar in San Francisco!

$13,100

138 supporters

$50,000 goal

Team Members

Charlie

$4,270

38 supporters

Dicky

$1,457

15 supporters

James

$650

8 supporters

Sean-Franc

$560

6 supporters

Kevin

$305

4 supporters

Viscount-Paul

$110

1 supporter

Geoffrey

$100

1 supporter

Victor

$100

1 supporter

Stephin

$100

1 supporter

Fant

$100

1 supporter

¡paquitoma

$35

1 supporter

Jim

$0

0 supporters

Event

MAY
8

Lone Star Saloon's Homecoming Telethon.

Saturday from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT

Live Stream

Add to Calendar 2021-05-08 16:00:00 2021-05-08 19:00:00 America/Los_Angeles Lone Star Saloon's Homecoming Telethon. It’s time to get the Lone Star open again and you can help! Get up and get out your wallets and tune in to our Homecoming Telethon. We have barstools to shine, fridges to repair, and year old beer to toss out, and we need your support as we navigate opening the Lone Star according to city/state regulations. We want to bring back all the parties, fur and ice cold drinks. Celebrate our past and support our future. The Lone Star Saloon: Friendly Neighborhood Bear Bar.

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Watch live on Givebutter.com!

It’s time to get the Lone Star open again and you can help! Get up and get out your wallets and tune in to our Homecoming Telethon. We have barstools to shine, fridges to repair, and year old beer to toss out, and we need your support as we navigate opening the Lone Star according to city/state regulations. We want to bring back all the parties, fur and ice cold drinks. Celebrate our past and support our future. The Lone Star Saloon: Friendly Neighborhood Bear Bar.

Organizer

Story

We have been closed for over a year now and we are starting to feel the pinch. With this in mind we have set up
The Lone Star Saloon 500 Club

Our loyal customers can become a member of the Lone Star Saloon 500 Club by purchasing a handmade key strap. Each key strap is individually numbered and the limit is set at 500.
When all this shit is over, and we reopen, members of the 500 Club will receive free entry to Cubcake for a year, 2 free annual beer busts, and a bunch of stuff we haven’t even thought of yet.

Support from our customers is vital to us right now and we can’t wait to show them our appreciation when we reopen. We love our customers, every f*ckin' one of them and together, we will get through this.

THE LONE STAR STORY

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The Lone Star Saloon first opened its doors in 1989 on the corner of Howard and 7th. At first it was a bar for old gay hippies. We didn’t even have a liquor license. Just beer and wine — oh yeh, and sake, fresh from the microwave. They were humble beginnings indeed but at a time when HIV/AIDS was ravaging our community it was more about a sense of place than anything else. And in general, the bar’s founder, Rick Redewill, was helping to foster an atmosphere that appealed to working class men who felt more at home in SOMA than the Castro.

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On October 17, 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake struck. The bar, only 6 months old, was rendered unsafe and had to be demolished. Like a proverbial phoenix it rose up at its current location at 1354 Harrison St. The space, with its ample main room, nooks, crannies, and soon-to-be legendary patio, appealed to the biker crowd that previously made The Ambush — the notorious leather bar once located directly across the street — their HQ. The leather/biker crowd soon began to merge with the bear scene, which was gaining its momentum as the Lone Star settled into its permanent home. Needless to say, the fringe scenes fit together seamlessly even as the bear movement become the bar’s calling card.

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Then along came the internet. With some cutting edge (at the time) social uses for it, the bar gained a reputation around the world. If you saw someone wearing a Lone Star t-shirt in London, Sydney or Tokyo you knew what it meant. It was like a secret club. And what did it mean? Many things to many people: Older likes small, big likes big, small likes furry, and on and on. But above all it meant you were proud to identify as a bear.

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The Lone Star has been open for business and serving bears ever since. It is fair to say the bar has a very special place in a lot of people’s heart, countless encounters started here, some lead to marriages that are still strong to this day. That’s something we are very proud of, it means we have done our job.

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Most recently, the bar has been purchased by two of the longtime bartenders Bruce (19yrs) and Charlie (13yrs). Bruce and Charlie, as well as their crew, are determined to make you comfortable and show you a good time. You can learn more about them from their bios on the Bar Staff page.

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