Folsom Street Market 2021 (previously Up Your Alley Street Fair)

tl;dr/summary: Dore is a more gay-male raunchier version of Folsom. This year it’s called Folsom Street Market. See you there.

(Or are you looking for the Folsom guide?)

Be sure to bookmark this guide. I’m constantly updating as new events, venues, and DJs are announced.

You can always find the latest at – just tell friends “it’s at andy matic dot com slash dore” – easy to remember!

Party grid for the weekend (so far) below: (compare to 2019 grid)

Up Your Alley? Dore? Dore Alley?

Yes, it’s true. The weekend is named for the street fair that takes place on Sunday. Most people just call it “Dore.” Rhymes with whore-y. Named for the street intersection the fair is oriented around, Dore Alley and Folsom Street.

Proper usage:

  • “Are you and the pups coming for Dore?”
  • “Which parties are you and your Sir going to for Dore?”
  • “Will you and your husband be playing separate for Up Your Alley weekend?”
  • “Are you ready to hoe it up for Up Your Allley?”
  • “Do you think that piece of shit Colton Underwood will show up at Dore this year? She betta wear a pup mask.”

The weekend of events is anchored by Sunday’s Up Your Alley street fair, which celebrates gay kink and leather culture, produced by the Folsom Street Events organization. They also produce the Folsom Street Fair in September which is an even bigger event and bigger weekend. The difference between the two? Up Your Alley weekend is usually described as a bit kinkier/nastier, more gay male centric, and attended by more locals. You’ll have fewer tourists  and more people ready to participate.

But there’s a lot more there there than just the fair .

Why is it called “Folsom Street Market” this year?

The Folsom organization is presenting an abbreviated version of the street fair this year, so they wanted to call it something different. I predict people will still call it Dore. 

First: Know Your History

Leather is embedded in San Francisco’s history and Dore is connected to that history and pedigree. From Dore Alley Street Fair, a history lesson:

“The Up Your Alley Fair, wasn’t originally on Dore Alley, and it wasn’t originally ‘Folsom Street Fair’s dirty little brother’. In fact, the two fairs were originally completely unrelated to one another. The first Folsom Street Fairs were celebrations of SoMa’s neighborhood diversity whereas Up Your Alley was a celebration specifically of the gay leather community.” Read the full article…

Dore Alley Street Fair, A History Lesson

I’ve put together a list of the many events for Dore weekend. Keep in mind this is just one guy’s opinion on what to do and where to go. I’m not a big kinkster. I don’t think I am. I mean, I’ll tie you up, spit in your mouth, smack you around, and ask you if you like being dad’s whore like the next guy, but like, we know people that are for-real into this stuff much more intensely. It’s all relative, I suppose. Be sure to ask other friends and acquaintances for their must-do events if this is your first Dore weekend.

I’ll include links to photo galleries for most of the events so you can get a sense for what the crowd will be like and what to wear as well as links to the DJs profiles so you can get a sense of the music.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required at many of these events with the date of the second shot being 2 weeks in the past. Many producers and venues are accepting a copy of your vaccination card or a photo of your vaccination card on you phone. Be sure to check the detail pages closer to the events.

Wednesday, July 21st

Nothing yet.

Thursday, July 22nd

Nothing yet.

Friday, July 23rd

The Dore Party at Mr. S Leather

This event is usually both Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Less of a party-party and more everyone’s shopping at Mr. S Leather anyway so let’s have drinks and gogos and everyone cruises each other while they try on new gear to wear while they paint the town.

I think this is the party where I had a panic attack trying on a metal cockring. The dressing rooms were all taken and I’m trying to shove my boys into the ring while a gathering crowd starts to watch. I eventually mutter “Goddammit, we’ll just buy it!” and headed to the cash register. Anyway, fun times, hot guys, booze, drinks, gogos, pounding bass, dirty movies playing on the in-store displays.

Note: If you are getting the SF early in the week, you might go to Mr. S sooner than later. They can usually do alterations in-store, while you wait if it isn’t too busy, or you can come back a few hours later. Once the weekend is in full swing, it might be a longer wait and they might run out of what you’re looking for.

If you’re coming from out of town, you can shop online on the website to get a sense for what you might like to try on once you’re onsite. You might even see some familiar faces modeling some of the harnesses.

No details yet but you can follow Mr. S on their Facebook page or on Instagram for more information.

Beta at Club Six, presented by Fog City Pack witih DJs Fawks, Miloš, Jumper, and Astro

Proof of vaccination is required at this event.

The pups from the Fog City Pack are bringing their Empire Strikes Back, their The Two Towers, their second installment of their usual annual three-party trilogy that starts with the Alpha party (which would have been in March) and ends with Omega usually before Thankgiving (fingers crossed). In the middle – for Dore – the wild Beta party at Club Six. They’ve commandeered both the ground floor and the seedy basement for your evening’s adventures. Make it hoe, but fashion, but probably more hoe. The pup parties blend is kinda steady deep house with a delightfully sordid and sleazy vibe.

You don’t have to be a pup or into pup play to enjoy these parties and a broad swatch of the city’s queerdom will be in attendance. Lots of leather and jockstraps and you’ll see pups in pup masks. You won’t see a lot of guys acting like literal dogs running around on the floor (that’ll be at the street fair). But guys will woof or growl at you if they’re interested. Nearly everyone checks their clothes so plan accordingly.

The best explanation I’ve heard for the whole pup things is its a persona to make sex fun and playful, without all the baggage and anxiety humans can add to it. Several packs of pups function as fraternal groups supporting each other through their lives and careers. It’s just like the Elks.

Love, love, love the security at Club Six. Always friendly and happy to see us – and they adore the pups. Always get a big hug after a quick frisk. It’s staff like that that puts patrons at ease.

What the Fog City Pack has carved out for themselves, for their community, and for their city is quite remarkable, unique, and amazing. Learn more about our dear pups:

Music is dark and aggressive and horny, if you love celebratory soaring vocals – this ain’t it.

Headline DJ is still to come. Resident DJs:

DJ Fawks on Instagram, SoundCloud, and his website

DJ Miloš on Instagram and SoundCloud.

DJ Jumper on Instagram and SoundCloud.

DJ Astro on on SoundCloud.

Lighting by Stratus Lighting and photographer Bradley Roberge.

Full details on the Facebook page for the event and learn follow our merry pups on their Facebook book pageInstagram account, or website. The pack’s Facebook page also has photos from previous Alpha and Beta event, and other past Pack events.

Prime at Oasis, presented by TrophyDad with DJ Neon the Glowgobear

TrophyDad‘s Prime party will be hosting a gaggle of gogos over 50 with a party dedicated to “men in their prime and their admirers.” If you’re feeling the need to work out some daddy issues (or work over some boys), this will be the place to be. As our friend and daddy connoisseur (papa sommelier?) Baby Jake always says, “You better check for that AARP card first.”

And it feels like we’re in a daddy moment aren’t we as daddy-themed parties have start popping up across the country and around the world. It seems to radiate from San Francisco for some reason.

Prime party started a few years ago as just Ed throwing himself a big 50th birthday party. He had no idea it was going to become a thing. But it has! I think as the generation of men that survived the 80s and 90s is hitting their 50s and 60s they’re redefining what it is to be a gay man after 50: active, vital, confident, horny, and fun.

Oasis is a fantastic gay-owned venue founded by drag queens with a big front bar, rooftop area, and a legit stage and cabaret theatre space that doubles as a dance floor. You can barely tell it used to be an 8,000 sq ft gay bathhouse in a past life (that step down into the main concrete floor is the old pool space). I hear the rooftop is being remodeleded for some old fashioned open-air cruising.

The crowd includes lots of guys you usually don’t see out and about and the music will be prime time circuit with celebratory vocals and lots of classics with a modern remix with resident DJ Neon the Glowgobear. And he mixes in the older classics for the geriatrics like us.

Read more about the genesis of the Prime party in Race Bannon’s article in The Bay Area Reporter“Celebrating Grey — the Older Kinkster”

Visuals and lighting by local master RAGErLAZER.

DJ Neon on MixcloudSoundCloud, and Facebook.

Full details on the Facebook page for the event and you can also follow TrophyDad’s Facebook page and see lots of photo galleries on the TrophyDad Facebook page.

Bearracuda produced by Matt Bearracuda

This event is unconfirmed.

And if you’re into the big boys and/or a big boy yourself, the Bearracuda crew is back with their Dirty Dore underwear party. These aren’t those Insta-twinks that say “sis, I’m so thicc.” Or that do a before photo then an hour of cardio and another photo after expecting likes. No bitch, these are the original thick boys. Thick with a K. Booty with a capital T. The kinda heft you want to feel on top of you (or underneath).

Producer Matt Bearracuda is back with Bearracuda’s trademark winning formula of thick boys and deep bass, We’ve gone to many Bearracuda events over the years and it’s always a great, friendly mix of guys and a positive celebratory vibe.

Background on the Bearracuda parties and their creator Matt in this profile in Homoculture.

Details on the Bearracuda websitetheir Instagram, and here’s a photo gallery from a couple years ago.

Friendly Fire at Danzhaus, produced by Gage Lennox

This event is two nights, both Friday and Saturday.

Gage Lennox is back with another wild Friendly Fire event for all you piggies.

It’s a special “Red vs Blue” edition (if you’re not sure what the colors mean, check your hanky code). As you enter the party, they’ll be giving out red or blue armbands when you arrive, so everyone knows what everyone is there for (and some guys are probably there for both).

Danzhaus is one of the few venues in the city allowing a fully outfitted playspace, including showers – and it’s literally a dance studio on the main floor so there’s mirrors all around.

Gage is encouraging a liberal clothes check policy of checking everything and the more clothes you check the less you’ll pay at the door.

The last time Ron and I gogo danced at one of Gage’s parties we’re down on the main floor and the play area opens up and then after the stampede, I look around and, we’re by ourselves! I’m on one box and he’s on the other side of the room. “Hi, honey!”

Gage’s cultivated an amazing global community of enthusiasts and dedicates a lot of time and heart to these events.

Venue is cash only.

DJ pending.

Stay connected with Gage and the rest of the Friendly Fire ffolks on their Facebook group.

Stank at Powerhouse

Get a waft! Everybody’s favorite gay dive bar kicks off the weekend with a evening devoted to the natural smell of men as God made ’em and as God intended.

Stop showering a couple days beforehand and hit the gym hard so you can go in perfectly fragrant (we have a couple friends who declare it “natural poppers”). Be ready to bury your face in a man’s ripe pits and enjoy the aroma and taste of the gogos as they ply their trade.

But get there before midnight so you can participate in (or just appreciate) the Ripe Pits Contest.

DJ isn’t announced yet.

More details will be on Stank’s Instagram.

Saturday, July 24th

Where did Big Muscle party go?

The producers tell me there is no Big Muscle party planned for July, but they’ll be back for Folsom in September.

Where did Bay of Pigs go?

I’m guessing if the Folsom org is pulling back on the street fair, there aren’t going to be any official events coming from them this year So I’m assuming we won’t have the most cleverly and tastelessly named circuit party ever: Bay of Pigs. Since Bay of Pigs isn’t a go this year, might I suggest:

Rated X at Space 550 produced by Ky Martinez Events with DJs GSP and Mohammad

We’ve known producer Ky Martinez and his husband Juan for many years (they sat at the circuit queen table at our wedding reception) and it’s been wonderful watching them go from producing their monthly House Party event at Powerhouse (every second-Saturday) to building their reputation with larger more sophisticated events like Imagina, Heaven, and the notorious Folsom afterhours Nocturnal. Their events always draw a fantastic crowd that is a diverse, broad slice of the city’s denizens (leather, muscle, queens, queers, jocks, fairies, and all the rest) and all generations in attendance.

The Rated X party is going to bring us San Francisco’s first leather circuit party in over a year and half. Come join over a 1,000 hot men at at this Saturday main even with fetish demos and leather, boot shining, and much more detail on the way.

Space 550 is a sprawling location with lots of nooks and crannies, so be sure to explore all the crevices you can. You’ll need to take an Uber or Lyft to get out there. Grab a bunch of guys with you in the hotel lobby and order an SUV and chat ’em up on the way there.

DJ GSP is a London-based DJ proudcer with a style bridging tech and progressive house with tribal perscussion and lots of vocals. He’s had residencies at Xlsior in Mykonos and Gravity in Fire (London) along with Europe’s Gigolo, Beyond, WE Party, Onyx and Matinee. Gusmen managzine said, “He can transform any popular or classic timeless commercial tracks into amazing ass-shaking club hits.”

Now DJ Mohammad’s music… that I can fuck to.

Mohammad’s past life as a gogo god gives him an intimate intuition of what’s going to make your hips move. He’s blends a prime time cirucit sound with an aggressive, darker edge that keeps the club galloping. Get there early and enjoy his entire set. You’ll love it.

And she better not steal my look again!

DJ GSP on Mixcloud, SoundCloud, Instragram, and Facebook.

DJ Mohammad on SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook and featured in Chicago Pride.  We are always overplaying his promo mix from Ram party NYC, Market Days a couple years ago, and his 5 year anniversary of House Party mix. 

VIP tickets include priority entry, VIP lounge, and a faster coat check line.

Full details on the Facebook page for the event and on Ky’s site.

And those poster boys – poster men! – are hawwwwt. They better look like that in person.

Brut at The Great Northern, produced by Hedonic Productions and Brian Kent Productions with DJs the Perry Twins and Dan Darlington

What I remember most about the last Brüt for Dore was how hot and steamy it got in the club. I was surprised the lighting instruments didn’t short out.

But co-founder/producer Dan Darlington (who is always a joy to watch as he spins because he always has a huge grin on his face) and the crew kept the boys bouncing – and with the Perry Twins joining him this year, it’ll be a great night.

The Perry Twins haven’t spun in San Francsico in quite a while so this will be a special treat. Real-life twin brothers Doug and Derek have come from a musical family with rock ‘n roll parents and have roots in the LA circuit and club scene and are known for their remixes and several breakthrough singles.

Full details on the Brüt event page on Facebook.

DJs The Perry Twins on SoundCloud and Instagram.

DJ Dan Darlington on MixcloudSoundCloudFacebook, and the Brüt site and Brüt’s own SoundCloud.

My favorite Brüt mix of all time is this Folsom mix from a couple years ago. It absolutely purrs.

Brut featured in:

Photo galleries from past Brut events.

Sneaks produced by Polyglamorous

This event is unconfirmed.

Local producer Polyglamorous’ naughty sneaker fetish party returns for their Dore edition to reminds us that leather culture’s Venn diagram is broad and deep. Dress code is enforced so you must wear sneakers (no jeans, no slacks) and sports attire is encouraged (jockstraps, singlets, gym shorts, etc.). The party is at Club Six, where Beta was the night before, so it, too, will have two floors with two different sounds and vibes.

The Polyglamorous vibe has a sense of ease to it, nothing too manic. I asked one of the other Short Circuit Andys to describe what he loves about Sneaks:

“I always describe Sneaks as the queerer, more-techno/house sound of Dore weekend. It’s the ‘locals’ choice on Saturday night as far as I’m concerned. Sneaks feels home grown. It’s black-lit which has become commonplace at Polyglamorous parties. It’s a mix of leather, drag, burner [Burning Man] and queer. The biggest thing I’d stress to readers is that [lower priced] pre-sales [tickets] always go fast but there are always tickets at the door as well.”

One of the other Short Circuit Andys. There’s three of us. A group of Andys is called a “griffith.”

Clothes check provided, venue is cash only.

Several tracks on the Polyglamorous profile on SoundCloud.

No details about the party yet but find out more info about the collective on the Polyglamorous Facebook page and their site

Friendly Fire at Danzhaus, produced by Gage Lennox

Is also on Saturday, description above from Friday.

Sunday, July 25th

Butch afterhours at The Endup, produced by Ky Martinez Events with DJ Marti Freison

This is the Saturday night/Sunday morning afterhours before the fair. Butch is before the fair. Starting on Sunday. Before the fair.

We all thought, Oh well Ky didn’t do much for Pride he’ll just probably do one thing for Dore. Nope, the bitch is back.

So after Rated X closes, we’re all headed over to The EndUp for the Butch afterhours with DJ Marti Frieson.

Founded in 1973, The EndUp has been around longer than a lot of us have and is one of the city’s late-late night venues that is open after everything else has closed. Everyone ends up here. The club has a huge bar with lounge seating in the front leading to a modest dance floor with low ceilings. Down the hall you’ll find the VIP area comfy leather seating and tables and lighting. EndUp has a huge outdoor patio for cooling off, smoking, and cruising and I predict that’ll be a fun area for a lot of guys that night.

DJ Marti Frieson is making his San Francisco. Should be a good way to kick off Dore Sunday.

DJ Marti Frieson on Mixcloud, SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook.

Folsom Street Market produced by Folsom Street Events

Some or a lot of this description may change since the fair isn’t what it always is this year.

And then there’s the fair, which this year is named differently. We’ll probably go for a bit. It’s funny how it seems kinda normalized anymore for us to go to a street fair and see a guy chained to a telephone pole being whipped or porn stars playing Twister in jockstraps or a domme in a carriage being pulled by a quartet of human ponies or shirtless women being flogged to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Like Folsom, the fair encapsulates the crazy kinky libertine spirit of San Francisco – and with this event it’s much grittier and more gay-oriented than Folsom Street Fair.

You will see people dressed in their favorite fetish attire. Some of these kinksters wait all year for events like this to strut their stuff and fly their freak flag. If you don’t like it or roll your eyes at people or can’t delight in seeing perverts celebrate their perversions, don’t be a twat about it. Get the fuck out of there and go to Woodfield Mall. Not everything is for everybody.

White people/Wypipo: BRING SUNBLOCK. The sun is pretty much high noon and direct sun with little shade and most of the surrounding buildings are one story. But there’s usually super hot sexy tattooed EMTs with sunblock at the first aid tents.

People of Color: Please continue to get super-dark and sexy. And if you got more tattoos, I would not be mad. We thank you.

Full details on the Folsom Street Events website.

Heaven at DNA Lounge, produced by Ky Martinez Events with DJs Alex Acosta and Ale Maes

Like I said, Ky Martinez and company are gonna put you th’rough it!

Heaven is his usual Sunday night party for our holiday weekends and brings in a broad crop of guys and with Dore weekend, even more of a leather contingent than usual. So head over from the fair (or go rinse off and do a gear change). And with the 6-midnight time frame you can be in (someone’s) bed before 1am on a school night!

DJ Alex Acosta we’ve heard many times over the years in different cities and he’s always a great blend of tribal and house circuit with enough vocals to keep everyone satisfied.

DJ Ale Maes is my big crush. He did an astounding job at Real Bad for Folsom 2019 and we must have listened to that peak prime time mix daily for most of the shutdown. When he spun Prime party it was a room of rump-shaking rutting men. So good.

This is one of those lineups where I don’t care who is opening for whom. Show up early. The music will be fantastic all night.

DJ Alex Acosta on Mixcloud, SoundCloud, Instagram, Facebook, and his site.

DJ Ale Maes on Mixcloud, SoundCloud, Instagram, and Facebook.

Full description of DNA Lounge under the Big Muscle party entry. Not sure if it’ll be the entire club or just the main floor and balcony.

Monday, July 26th

Recovery at Lookout

This event is unconfirmed.

Like with most party weekends, a lot of folks take Monday off. That means Monday afternoon everyone will go to the bar Lookout for “recovery” which means we all just keep drinking and raging since we don’t want to think about going to work tomorrow morning. A lot of guys start to head over to Guerneville and Russian River for Lazy Bear. But usually one of the city’s favorite local DJs is on from 3 to 9 and so the bar will be bouncing. So if you’re still in town, slather on the eye cream, and head over to Lookout.

No details yet but they’ll show up on Lookout’s Facebook page.

Other Events in 2021

Aside from all the Folsom events (guide) here’s several more San Francisco parties coming up:

Late July Horse Market: The Stable Master regretfully shares the unfortunate news that the Horse Market for July has had to move to the week after Dore. Don’t have a firmn date or location just yet. Hopefully there will be a Folsom one though. Horse Market is a private event, so you’ll need to get updates from their Facebook groupTwitter, or their mailing list and learn more on the site for the event.

Every Second-Saturday: Ky and his husband Juan produce the monthly House Party at Powerhouse I mentioned above where every second-Saturday a couple hundred guys come out to try and stuff a deep house/circuit party into the back of a trashy gay dive bar (we always succeed). Follow Ky Martinez Productions to stay in touch.

You’re looking foyne as fuck

You probably look amazing this weekend. You should preserve the moment.

Our friend, photographer Trevor Ott will be again doing his impromptu photo shoots with the street fair as the backdrop. We did a shoot with him at Dore a few years ago (above) and had a great time. Contact him on Facebook if you’re interested and peruse his work on Instagram.

One day you will look at those photos and say, “Dear God, I was a beautiful thing!”

Dore on a Budget

Travel, tickets, transportation, refreshments, enhancements… this kind of weekend ain’t cheap. But, if you’re trying to keep spending to a minimum:

Echo the old-school Castro clone look of our forefathers with tight jeans, a t-shirt (probably no-shirt), and boots.

If you feel you have to have some sort of leather on ya, grab an armband from Mr. S or one of the other stores.

The Mr. S Party is free since it’s in the store. You can mill about and cruise guys and try stuff on.

Saturday afternoon’s Big Muscle party is the most affordable of the large dance parties with ~$20 advance tickets – plus it benefits charity. You can take Muni to Van Ness, walk a few blocks and you’re there. For all the other dance parties above, check out early tier pricing now. Most of the producers we know are sensitive to pricing – especially for younger patrons – and keep their first tier of tickets at a non-insane price.

Hang out at the bars in Castro and SOMA (historically known as “the Valley of the Dolls” and “the Valley of the Kings,” respectively). They’ll be packed with lots of other guys that are more into the cocktails & cruising dynamic. Most bars will have a modest cover charge.

Most of the bars are walkable from transit. If it’s super late you don’t want to be walking around too much in the dark. Keep your phone in your pocket, headphones off, and keep your wits about you. It’s San Francisco, but it’s still a big city with crazy people.

If you really have barely any money at all, you must use it to go to the fair. If ten bucks is all you have, give it to the fair and charity that is the centerpiece for the weekend. These orgs didn’t bring in any revenue last year.

Volunteer for events. Another way to keep costs down is to volunteer for events. For the first few years we were here, Ron and I were greeters and ticket-takers at lots of parties and that was fun because you literally meet everyone their way in and you get to put wristbands on hot guys and once your shift is over you can go dance.

Quick Run Down of FAQs

(Jump to the end of my Folsom guide for the extended set of FAQs)

In short:

  • It’s okay to dress like a whore, everybody else will.
  • Be gracious to security (many of them are also gay and giving up their weekend to take care of your messy friends).
  • Thank the EMTs for taking care of our trashy brethren.
  • Coat/clothes check is usually a bitch. Lines are long. Plan accordingly.
  • Never mix G and alcohol, or G and other depressants, know your mLs.
  • It’s not just a bunch of white guys only into guys that look just like them. But wypipo do move in herds. Find the mixed couples and black and brown guys to kill the monotony.
  • “I’ve been looking all night for you!” No. Stop it. Don’t spend a party looking around for acquaintances or waiting for that one guy that you saw on the apps or that dickhead you know from Instagram. You are where you are. Be there.
  • Know your hanky/armband code. Left side, top. Right side, bottom. Both sides, vers. Color chart (history). But remember sometimes red is just a sartorial choice.
  • Fuck your fan clacking and don’ßt bring parasols to parties.
  • If you plan to hoe it up, get STI testing 2 weeks beforehand so you have enough time to get your results and complete a round of antibiotics if needed. Get on PrEP of course if you’re negative, make sure you have enough meds in your luggage if you are. And every gay man – hell everyone – should know that undetectable is untransmittable.
  • You don’t have to look a certain way to enjoy the weekend. Don’t wait until you “lose the weight” or “do a cycle” or whatever other barrier to entry you’re setting for yourself. You have the right to have a fucking great time no matter how you look or how you feel about how you look.
  • Get tickets early. In SF, we buy first tier tickets early. Months early. If you have tickets you’re not using, announce they are for sale on the respective event or producer’s Facebook page. If you’re looking for tickets, same thing. If you pay at the door, you’ll pay out the ass. Watch out for scalpers online.
  • If you are sober, be sure you know which Whatever Anonymous meetups are happening at all times so you can stay on the straight and narrow.
  • The week beforehand, make sure you have all your tickets. If they are in your email, use the pin/star feature to make sure they bubble up to the top or take screencaps of all your QR codes. Nothing like the, “Oh my god I bought tickets for the Folsom party but not the Dore one, Ron’s going to kill me…” panic attack.
  • And Daddy Aaron’s rule: No in-town trade when out-of-town trade is in. If you’re local, don’t make this the weekend you make it happen with that local guy you’ve been over-staring at at the gym. Focus on the fresh, transient meat.
  • Save this GIF to your phone to drop in group threads when someone’s being a needy/dramatic twat:

And of course – Folsom’s rule applies to Dore:

See you on the dance floor, gentlemen…

…and ladies, and everyone else. It was incredibly rewarding to have guys from all over the world come up to me at Dore or Folsom last year and say that they read my guide and found it useful. So, if you see us on the dance floor, say hello. Look for the complimentary Polynesian sleeve tattoos (see photo above) on the sexy Filipino muscle daddy with the huge smile dancing with abandon (Ron) and the semi-serious/RBF inked bearded white muscle dad wolf trying to keep up with him (me).

Thanks for reading – please share!

Andy (with editing/etc. from Ron)

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