Frequently Asked Questions
Who organizes REAL BAD?
REAL BAD is produced by Grass Roots Gay Rights West (GRGR/West), a local, all-volunteer non-profit committed to raising and distributing funds to grassroots organizations that strengthen the diverse populations that make up San Francisco’s LGBT community. REAL BAD is the only event of its kind that gives 100% of the money raised from general admission ticket sales back to its beneficiaries.
When and where is REAL BAD?
How can I get tickets for REAL BAD?
Become a HOST. ($150/$175)
Details on the Host program are on the Host 101 page. Returning Hosts will be able to sign up online July 1-7, 2013 for $150. During that same time period, new Hosts (which will be open to the general public) will be able to add their name to a Host lottery. Depending on the number of Host slots available, the respective number of names will be randomly selected on July 8. All lottery participants will be notified by July 9. The lottery winners will then be given one week to sign up online for $175 per VIP Host Package.
Buy tickets from a HOST. ($90)
Please view the current Host Names to see the names of the Hosts that are selling General Admission tickets. The list is only available for people to see if friends are Hosts. For privacy reasons, they cannot be contacted directly through the site.
Buy tickets at a RETAIL OUTLET. ($100)
Limited tickets are available in San Francisco Saturday morning of Folsom weekend on a first-come basis, limit two (2) per person. Check out the Ticket Information for the names and addresses of the retail outlets. NOTE: Please do not call the outlets to make special arrangements. Tickets will go on sale at the retail outlets when their doors open, and they usually sell out quickly. We advise arriving before they open.
Buy tickets at the DOOR. ($100)
A very limited number of tickets (50) are sold at the club's box office starting at 6 PM the day of the event. We advise you to arrive before then, as they also sell out quickly.
TICKETS MAY NOT BE BOUGHT OR SOLD FOR MORE THAN FACE VALUE!
What if I don't know any of the Hosts?
Limited tickets are available at retail outlets and at the door the day of the event. If you’re coming from outside San Francisco and don’t arrive until after they’ve gone on sale, either try to find someone local who can buy them for you or you can get one at the door before the event if you arrive early enough.
Where can I buy tickets outside of San Francisco?
A limited number of tickets will be sold at Nasty Pig, 265A W. 19th Street in New York City.
Why don't you sell tickets online?
One of the unique things about REAL BAD is that the majority of tickets are sold through our Hosts...creating a Circle of Friends at the event itself. We also wait until one day before the party (Saturday) to start selling tickets at the San Francisco retail outlets, to allow the public and out-of-town visitors the opportunity to buy them after arriving. Our intent is certainly not to frustrate people who are trying to get tickets, but to make them available through a variety of outlets...including at the door the night of the event.
Does the party sell out?
Yes, every year the party sells out in advance.
How much money was raised and donated last year?
In 2012, $200,000 was raised through ticket sales and was donated to 5 different local nonprofit organizations.
Is ID required to enter the club?
Yes, you must be 21 and over to attend REAL BAD. All patrons and guests will be required to show valid ID at the door. No exceptions! There is no in/out privilege for this event. REAL BAD reserves the right to search, expel or decline admission to anyone. Please party responsibly and safely.
Is there Will Call?
No, there is no Will Call, nor is there a Guest List.
Will there be pat-down searches?
Yes. Consent to pat-down and bag search is a condition of entry.
Can I take my own drink bottle into the club?
No. As a condition of entry, all liquids and liquid containers must be disposed of prior to entry.
Is there a Coat Check?
General Admission: Coats and any single clothing item on a hanger can be checked for $3 per item downstairs.
VIP Guests: Free coat check upstairs near the VIP room.
REAL BAD is not responsible for any lost items.
Is there a Lost & Found?
During the party, if an item is found, it will be dropped off at the general admission coat check downstairs.
After the party, you can inquire about a lost item using the club's online Lost & Found form.
What is the dress code?
There is no official dress code. REAL BAD is a gay, leather dance event. Chaps, harnesses, boots and all other forms of leather, latex, rubber and uniforms are strongly encouraged.
Are cameras allowed?
Absolutely! We welcome you to take as many photos and videos as you like. Post them to our Facebook page later (but use common sense and don't post anything you wouldn't want posted if it was of you. And please follow Facebook rules.
Is there an ATM inside the club?
Yes, there are three.
What type of bar is at the club?
Beer, mixed drinks, bottled water, energy drinks, juices and soda will be available at the event for purchase. Please party responsibly and do not drink and drive.