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Marlena's - CLOSED

Map & Directions 488 Hayes
San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Daily 12pm-2am
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining


SF Weekly's Description

As soon as you see the glass cases that flank the walls, you realize Marlena's is a place that loves it some kitsch: a rotating cast of figurines, which change with the season, is on display in the cases. During the summer, you might think you wandered into a Disney Store. In the fall and close to Halloween, Harry Potter collectibles take over. At Christmas, more than 1,200 Santas fill the bar. When it's time for the Mr. Hayes Valley leather competition, scepters, news clippings, tiaras, and other drag-queen memorabilia gussy up the place. Active in the community with their own softball and pool teams and having hosted Mr. Hayes Valley for 10 years, Marlena's is a straight-friendly neighborhood gay bar, a sass-free, mellow option for the veteran drag queen and down-to-earth Hayes Valley resident alike.

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  • sfweeklybestof wrote a review for Marlena's
    on 05/06/09

    In a city where drag performers tend to favor the postmodern — where drag becomes arch-ironic "drag" — the Saturday night Follies at Marlena's offer a refreshingly unself-conscious alternative: old-school ladies sing Tammy Wynette and Patsy Cline for a crowd that includes the pre-Stonewall set and the Hayes Valley gentrifiers. You'll never pay a cover, the drinks are potent, and... More >>

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  • James S. on 04/16/09

    Catch the Saturday night drag show

  • Jerime B. on 07/05/10

    If you're looking for a place with laid back atmosphere, friendly conversation even when you're alone check out Marlena's. The drinks here are great and will do the trick for sure. :)

  • Kara W. on 10/25/09

    bring your doggie and enjoy a cocktail after work

  • Jeremy B. on 02/24/13

    Amazing bar. Small but open and friendly. So sad to see it close soon.

  • The Bold Italic on 02/07/13

    Check out the no-cover drag shows on Saturdays and 1,400-strong collection of Santa dolls every December.

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