by Patch O'Furr
- 48 Hills: 50-year-old gay bar The Stud faces closure as rent triples
- SFist.com: Saving The Stud
- HUGE 4 part interview about Frolic with it’s founder, Neonbunny.
The future is as dim as the lighting at The Stud, one of San Francisco’s most loved dive/gay bars. The property is being swept up in a wave of real estate speculation and gentrification that shows no sign of ebbing. Some luminaries of local culture are just treading water, while many are sinking under. They just can’t afford to live in their own city any more.
One by one, the lights of San Francisco night life are going out. Now the Stud is set to close.
On every second Saturday each month, furries flock there for Frolic dance party. It’s the premiere event for their thriving local scene. The venue loves furries as much as they love each other, so Frolic has been steadily supported since 2010. Their success bore a litter of furry club events across North America that look up to it for inspiration, from Foxtrot in Denver, to Suit-Up Saturday in Minneapolis.
Calling it “the Original” furry dance party may be debatable (credit may be due for a few rave-type events outside of North America) – but there’s no debating its influence. It will be very sad if Frolic loses it’s home.
It’s a local story, but in spirit, it touches furries anywhere who love to dance and have their own paw-hold in the nightlife. Having their own established club doesn’t happen easily for an isolated niche of maligned yet super loveable young people. Frolic set the bar high for that. It isn’t your average family-friendly daytime convention – its power comes after dark. Talking animal-people look and feel better to dance with in the magical murk of a club from an alternate fantasy dimension. Have a drink and hug one for an experience better than drugs. Or pick one up. Say: “knock knock” – “who’s there”? – “knot me…” Read the rest of this entry »