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The Armory Club

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The Armory Club is a social escape from the normalcy of everyday life.
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Martina
Martina
July 18, 2020
Nightlife spot check the web for who might be playing
Jeff
Jeff
December 25, 2019
For the more adventurous among us, porn company Kink.com's dimly lit cocktail bar resembles an upscale Victorian parlor. Really cool and unique SF experience!
Becca
Becca
October 5, 2016
The Armory's risqué bar
Abe
Abe
August 16, 2016
Love the back room with the flocked damask wallpaper
Jamie
Jamie
May 26, 2016
Great drinks, cool atmosphere.

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“BDSM@ The History Of The Armory, San Francisco’s Porn Castle @ “We like to tie people up like piñatas,” said tour guide Dusty Wallace as she led visitors through the historic San Francisco Armory. The space serves as the headquarters for Armory Studios, better known as Kink.com, the world’s largest producer of BDSM porn. Films for its 29 websites were shot within the walls of the Moorish Revival castle up until this past February. Kink is also the current owner and tour provider for the Armory—and it’s not shy about sharing its X-rated values with visitors. As guests head to the basement, they are invited into the Hogtide Room, a chamber that was used for munitions storage when the building was as a training and social center for the National Guard. “All the way in, folks—we’re not playing ‘just the tip.’” Wallace slams the thick steel doors and invites attendees to take pictures in front of the rough cagey-looking props, which several couples do. O-rings hang from an original concrete structure in the back of the room. The Armory wasn’t always this risqué. Built in 1914, the current 200,000 square foot building replaced the original armory, which was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake. Now a 4,000-person concert hall, an enormous drill court at the back of the building was once home to tactical training, live boxing matches, and other sporting events, earning it the name “Madison Garden of the West.” To this day, the court is the city’s largest unsupported enclosed space. Even before Kink’s arrival, filmmakers were drawn to the castle’s intrigue. In 1976, Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the castle, later filming scenes for “The Empire Strikes Back” in the space. Decades later, actor/director James Franco became fascinated with the unconventional world inside the Armory, resulting in the 2013 documentary “Kink.” After the building was abandoned for several years following the National Guard’s move to Fort Funston, several unsuccessful purchase attempts were made by local real estate organizations. The castle received historical status in 1978, but as a result, aspiring tenants weren’t permitted to make significant structural changes. Because Kink founder and CEO Peter Acworth could use the space without major modifications, he acquired the property for $14.5 million in January 2007. Kink started filming inside later that month. Repairs were necessary such as plumbing and electricity updates, sprucing up the original floors and surfaces and even hiring divers to help drain the flooded basement. New floors and soundproofing were installed in the drill court to accommodate the company’s plans to host large-scale events. Ten years ago, many residents near the corner of 14th and Mission weren’t thrilled with the idea of their new neighbors, but the company made arrangements to be good neighbors, covering up windows and setting up the majority of filming in the basement. Rumors of wild sex parties overflowing into the street were never more than gossip, Wallace said. “There were definitely parties, but I’ve never heard of them pouring out into the streets.” As for the other floors, there’s not a whip in sight—well, maybe one or two—since Kink uses the upper-level spaces for the operations crew. They’ve even had a few tenants over the years, notably LGBT sex toys vendor Prerogatives. To keep costs low, Kink stopped filming at the Armory in January, instead shooting in different cities across the country. The company will even have a mobile production vehicle driven by Kink director James Mogul. Armory Studios plans to leave most of the property as-is and rent rooms out as sets. Thanks to an exemption passed by the Planning Commission in January, Kink will be permitted to convert and rehab parts of the Armory without applying for a conditional use permit. The company will also continue to host events in the Drill Court, like the upcoming Jungle Pride. There’s no word yet on leasing to new tenants, but Wallace said the building isn’t undergoing extensive remodeling. Currently, the only construction projects involve installing a new roof over the drill court and adding more green rooms and restrooms. Although porn has left the building, Kink still plans to keep things sexy. The upstairs Edwardian Lounge—where submissives graduate to serve their dominants—isn’t going anywhere, and staff will continue to offer BDSM workshops.”
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“ Beer Garden with glass partitions between picnic tables. Open 7 days a week (4-8pm M-W, 9-2pm+4-9pm Th, 3-10pm F, 1-10pm Sat, 1-6pm Sun), with 22 picnic table “booths” seating up to 8 patrons each. With 18 beers on tap, full bar & classic burger menu, Zeitgeist is continuing to offer its classic experience, albeit with servers at the tables and a bunch of sanitizing.”
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“Serves delicious Mayan cuisine, expect to find dishes you have never encountered before. A small hole in the wall, the owners children may help serve you. Charming.”
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“V-105 has just really well crafted food. The sandwiches are perfection and the daily soups are always worth a try! Only open for lunch.”
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1799 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Mission District
전화+1 415-431-5300
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