Originally the home of infamous brothels during the Gold Rush, SoMa has more recently been the playground for folks of all desires to find law-abiding, but no less licentious, after-hours sport. Begin at the aptly named Center for Sex and Culture, a sex-positive education and events space offering everything from erotic poetry readings and writing seminars to nude yoga sessions. Keep the evening spicy at Heaven's Dog, the latest in San Francisco wunder-chef Charles Phan's miniature pan-Asian empire. Locally sourced meats and vegetables get extra firepower from peppers and spices, and an inventive cocktail menu will help you ditch your inhibitions. (Go after 11:30 p.m. for free late-night dim sum.) Swig courage and a Libertine cocktail (gin, Madeira, lemon, and sugar) at Harlot, the Minna Street club-lounge with Gothic-lite décor, a deer-antler chandelier, and corset-clad waitresses. By now, you should be prepared for one of the nightly Leather theme parties at Chaps Bar.
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