There are a number of clubs, in cities across America that take on the Eagle name. Borrowing from the strength and inherent affection for a classically American symbol, the Eagle brand is a spiritual franchise, prominent in the cultural awareness of the community it serves, with each bar in their respective cities remaining independently operated establishments.
The SF Eagle has played a major part in Pride celebrations, the Leather Pride Parade and the emergence of the Folsom Street Fair and the Dore Alley Fair, including the largest community gatherings in San Francisco, drawing millions of tourists to the city annually. Many local fraternal organizations rely on the venue as a meeting place, both formally and informally, to raise contributions at charitable events, recruit membership and communicate their mission, values and function.
The club also sponsors local amateur sports teams, and holds an annual contest to elect “Mr. SF Eagle Leather” as a participant in the International Mr. Leather (“IML”) competition.
These efforts along with many other spontaneous and seasonal expressions of joy, underscore the substantial influence the SF Eagle has had in shaping local traditions, the tourist trade and the regional economy.
The SF Eagle is a counterpoint to mainstream culture, while sharing many of the same ideals supporting strength in community. We value diversity, and hold a commitment to enabling the expression of joy, improving the quality of life for those identifying as LGBTQ+ and the people that care about them, wherever they may be.
The SF Eagle’s mission is to preserve the legacy, history and traditions of the LGBTQ+ and Leather communities it was created to serve, and to provide and protect a safe and supportive environment allowing its patronage the freedom to be exactly who they are.The bar has transitioned through changes of ownership in its forty-year history, while retaining its central role as a focal point for the local community.
In 2012, the bar was acquired by Mike Leon and Lex Montiel, both major proponents of the Leather community in San Francisco. Rekindling the spirit of the SF Eagle was no easy task, and Mike and Lex worked tirelessly to make necessary improvements to the venue.
In 2019, Mike Leon was taken from us, and not long after, the bar once again faced the challenge of survival during the year-long lockdown of the CV-19 pandemic.
Though the going has been tough, Lex Montiel carries on the traditions and values that contribute to the venue’s loyal patronage. Honoring Mike’s legacy has been a major source of strength and resolve for the entire SF Eagle Family.
In 2019, the City of San Francisco authorized the establishment of a new city park, the Eagle Plaza, adjacent to the legendary bar, in honor of the SF Eagle’s proud history.
A trustee was established, The Friends of Eagle Plaza, to honor and provide a perpetual and consistent level of oversight, protecting the public park, the fifty foot flag pole, the leather pride banner and the landscaped grounds into the future.The SF Eagle brand gains substantial equity from this association, where authenticity and cultural heritage are attributes highly-valued by the community in which the bar is embedded.
Lex Montiel has assembled an experienced team of supporting personel, with extensive experience managing bar operations, social media, events planning and promotions and community engagement. The SF Eagle actively supports charitable fundraising efforts with local and regional groups, from Sunday Beer Busts to Folsom Street Events.
We create motivation to discover what exists beyond the limitations of the living room screen. We worry about details that never stand in the way, so that the way is clear for all our patrons to stand for who they were meant to be.
We are storytellers and philosophers, willing to share your dreams, set aside your frustrations and, for a time, recreate moments of joy.
Experience allows us to manage the space we have, seemingly without the substantial effort required to transform shyness into comfortable association, apathy into abiding interest and sarcastic wit into delightful innuendo.
JOIN US at the frontier of human social interaction, here in San Francisco, at the SF Eagle, anytime you want to find your heart.