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The Academy Club


2166 Market Street ・ San Francisco, CA

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The Academy Club


2166 Market Street ・ San Francisco, CA

 

Opened in 2017 and located in the heart of San Francisco's Castro District, The Academy is equal parts social club, intimate lounge, and the charming "home away from home" you’ve always wanted—a casual experience, with impeccable taste.

We focus on promoting interactions among our Members and guests, while offering engaging programming in collaboration with nonprofit organizations, neighboring businesses, and leading community members.

“The Club,” as we call it, is open to all and aspires to be diverse in age, race, gender, and social standing, with all Members sharing a common interest in engaging in the community and valuing in-person connections.

 
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A place for spectacular individuals to connect and belong. It’s the old clubhouse, all grown up.


A place for spectacular individuals to connect and belong. It’s the old clubhouse, all grown up.


❧  Casual, welcoming atmosphere encourages interaction

❧  Variety of programming catering to the diverse interests of our Members

❧  Membership selected by referral and community outreach

❧  Plentiful options for games and activities

❧  Television lounge room

❧  Backyard terrace / patio (expected opening winter/spring 2019)

❧  Basement Speakeasy with distinctive atmosphere

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A “neighborhood social club” – forging meaningful partnerships and building a vibrant community


A “neighborhood social club” – forging meaningful partnerships and building a vibrant community


❧  New Partnership Program, forming reciprocal relationships within The Castro, providing perks to our Members and helping support some amazing local small businesses.

❧  Collaborating with nonprofit organizations including: SF AIDS Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Rotary Club Castro, Horizons Foundation, Project Inform, Impulse SF, Lesbians Who Tech, Queer Lifespace, Bay Area Physicians for Human Rights, and more.

❧  Charitable causes have included: The Trevor Project, Project Inform, AIDS Lifecycle, San Francisco LGBT Center, OurTown SF, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and more.

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Within these walls, everyone is a "gentleman" – as they see fit.


Within these walls, everyone is a "gentleman" – as they see fit.


❧  All genders, orientations, and backgrounds welcome—we celebrate and value diversity

❧  Challenging convention and pushing past the boundaries of what a traditional social club represents

❧  No formal dress code or antiquated rules of etiquette

❧  Embracing individuality and the unique flair that each Member brings to the Club

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Special Programming


Special Programming


The Academy offers a variety of events and programming for our Members and their guests, in collaboration with top-notch partners from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Examples include:

❧  Tastings – Academy of Wine w/ sommelier Michael Wells; Whiskey is Neat! led by Boozephreaks

❧  Academy Homeroom – The Art of the Tie led by Sui Generis; Art Flow Paint Class

❧  Academy Live – Latin Jazz, Classical, Cabaret, Opera, Singer-Songwriters, & More

❧  Discussion – "0 Feet Away" Sexuality Discussion Group

❧  Book Club – "When We Rise" by Cleve Jones (with author visit), & many more

❧  Art Shows – "Paper Dolls" by Nick Aitken, Storybook Animals by Peter Samuels, & More

❧  Charity and fundraising events for local artists, youth organizations, & nonprofits dedicated to fighting HIV

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The Speakeasy


The Speakeasy


A few words to the host gets you escorted through a secret door...
 

The Academy Speakeasy is the perfect place to meet a client, hide out with friends, or just share a quiet moment. The Speakeasy is typically available to members and their guests during all hours of operation. Its distinctive style and underground setting gives a provocative contrast to the rest of the space.

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Membership Levels


Membership Levels


Bachelor

$99/mo

+ $100 Annual Dues

Unlimited Club Access

Guests $25 each per visit**

Special Programming Included or Discounted

Members-Only Events

(1) Complimentary Barber Haircut Per Month***

15% Retail Discount

25% Private Rental Discount

Gentleman Opt 1

$125/mo

+ $400 Annual Dues

Unlimited Club Access

1 Free Guest; $25 each additional per visit**

Special Programming Included*

Members-Only Events

(2) Complimentary Barber Services Per Month***

20% Retail Discount

50% Private Rental Discount

1-Year Advisory Board Seat

Unlimited New Member Referrals

Gentleman Opt 2

$125/mo

+ $1,000 1-Time Enrollment

Unlimited Club Access

1 Free Guest; $25 each additional per visit**

Special Programming Included*

Members-Only Events

(2) Complimentary Barber Haircuts Per Month***

20% Retail Discount

50% Private Rental Discount

1-Year Advisory Board Seat

Unlimited New Member Referrals

No Annual Dues

Total due at enrollment: Bachelor $199; Gentleman Option 1 $525; Gentleman Option 2 $1,125

* For Gentlemen Members, occasional elevated events will have an associated cost. This will be clear in the event language.

** Guest fee waived if the guest enrolls as a member during their visit

*** Complimentary barber service is based on availability; gratuity not included (minimum 20% suggested)

All pricing, membership levels, and amenities are subject to change

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Hours of Operation


Hours of Operation


The Academy Club is currently open during the following hours*:

❧  Sun: closed
❧  Mon: closed
❧  Tue: 5pm–11pm
❧  Wed: 5pm–11pm
❧  Thu: 5pm–11pm
❧  Fri: 5pm–1am
❧  Sat: 5pm–1am

*for some special events, hours may be extended. All hours subject to change without notice.

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Founding Membership


Founding Membership


Founder

INITIAL 1-TIME CONTRIBUTION

$5,000

Gentleman's Membership (with all included benefits plus additional below) — $100/mo

24/7 Club access including hours the Club is typically closed*

3 additional guests free with each visit

3-Year Advisory Board Seat

Special Membership Card + Recognition

Chairman

INITIAL 1-TIME CONTRIBUTION

$10,000

Gentleman's Membership (with all included benefits plus additional below) — $100/mo

24/7 Club access including hours the Club is typically closed*

Designated +1 w/ full Gentleman's membership privileges; 3 additional guests free with each visit

Liquor Locker Included

5-Year Advisory Board Seat

Special Membership Card + Recognition

Legacy

Initial 1-Time Contribution

$25,000

Gentleman's Membership (with all included benefits plus additional below) — Dues Waived

24/7 Club access including hours the Club is typically closed*

Designated +1 w/ full Gentleman's membership privileges; 4 additional guests free with each visit

All Elevated Events Included with +1

Liquor Locker Included

Permanent Advisory Board Seat

Special Membership Card

Prominent Recognition at The Academy

* certain rare exceptions apply; Founders will be notified in advance if the Club is not available for use