What we're about

MAX is a social group for gay men to meet other men in the Bay Area.

Initially established in 1988, the organization's charter was to "provide a fun, open, diverse and welcoming community for gay men via social and philanthropic events. Through active participation in MAX, members embrace fellowship, leadership, personal growth and community involvement, fostering a positive gay image for all."

MAX grew to almost 1000 members by 1999, and the group organized hundreds of activities in its initial 21-year run. Much like MAX 2.0, the original incarnation focused on cocktail parties ("TGIFs"), dinners, theater nights, art tours, wine tastings, hiking, weekend forays to nearby areas such as Russian River, Saratoga Springs, Napa Valley, Getty Museum, Palm Springs, and many others. Longer trips were to Mexico, Machu Pichu, and Amsterdam. Beyon the activities, MAX fostered thousands of friendships, many of which - some 20 to 30 years later - continue to this day.

MAX is relaunching for a whole new generation. The goal? To make new friends, meet new people, and provide a greater sense of community among us. Activities will include everything from First Friday Mixers and dinner parties, to hikes and excursions. Check out our events page to see what we're up to! (http://www.maxsf.org/calendar/)

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Upcoming events (5+)

Third Thursday at Beaux


Join MAX SF at Beaux Bar each "Third Thursday" of the month from 5:30pm to 8 p.m. Join a superb crowd of gay men and their friends for food, conversation, and spectacular performances at the nearby piano. Superb cocktails at happy hour prices! Appetizers provided! There is a $5 admission charge (admission is complimentary for dues-paying members). Beaux Bar, 2344 Market Street, San Francisco, CA. RSVP now for a fun evening. SPECIAL NOTES: For MAX events that feature alcohol, we strongly encourage you to take public transportation, a cab/Uber/Lyft, walk, or have a designated driver. MAX is much more than just Meetup. Visit www.maxsf.org for our full calendar of events and services for MAX members. Become a dues-paying member by visiting www.maxsf.org/join-us

MAX Goes to Hamilton

SHN Orpheum Theatre

Join MAX for the musical and cultural phenomenon that is Hamilton! Hamilton tells the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of American then, as told by America now. In 2016 Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, as well as receiving a 2016 Grammy Award and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. For more information about the SHN production of Hamilton, go to https://bit.ly/2RiCywr. The show starts at 7:00 pm. For attendees from MAX, a VIP reception will be held in the Orpheum Theater Blue Room starting at 6:15 pm. Buy your tickets for the 7:00 pm March 21st performance at https://bit.ly/2RiCywr. Orchestra tickets start at $246 and mezzanine tickets start at $214 (no discounts are available for Hamilton). Then register on our website at https://bit.ly/2Ul7BKc to RSVP for the MAX pre-show VIP reception in the Orpheum Theater Blue Room.

Fourth at Finn

Finn Town

Join us on the Fourth Sunday of each month for MAX's Fourth at Finn! Enjoy a fun afternoon of conversation, cocktails and delicious appetizers thanks to the wonderful team at Finn Town, the Castro’s newest “neighborhood pub.” This is the same location as MAX's ever popular Second Sundays. MAX Board member Nick Wade will be hosting the event, and we’ll have our own private space at the back of the restaurant. MAX SF's Fourth at Finn events provide an opportunity to get to know other men in the MAX community in a friendly space. Come on down to Finn Town and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a superb crowd of gay men and their friends! There is no cover charge. SPECIAL NOTES: For MAX events that feature alcohol, we strongly encourage you to take public transportation, a cab/Uber/Lyft, walk, or have a designated driver. MAX is much more than just Meetup. Visit www.maxsf.org for our full calendar of events and services for MAX members. Become a dues-paying member by visiting www.maxsf.org/join-us

MAX India: Delhi, Taj Mahal, Jaipur, and Udaipur

MAX INDIA FOR $1,644.00! (16 Days), Mar. 28 - Apr. 13, 2019 RT Air: SFO - Delhi: $578.00 Hotels: $666.00 if you share: $1,231.00 single occupancy Tour Leader: $100 MAX: $100 for members; $250 for Non-Members STAY AT WORLD'S #1 HOTEL: +$302/room (normally, $1,100 USD) A Dream Destination for Gay Men! INFORMATIONAL DINNER: SAT, FEB. 2, 7 PM. RSVP PHIL WALKER: [masked] "The most incredible trip of our lifetimes!" - MAX India Tour members, 2018 WHY INDIA? If you are like many, you think India is expensive to travel to, difficult to travel in, poverty-ridden, barren, and unhealthy. As the MAX 2018 India Travel Group will tell you, you could not be more wrong. The MAX 2019 India trip is filled with 5-star hotels for $100 per night, sights such as the Taj Mahal (truly, the most beautiful building in the world), restaurants selected by our Indian Food Blogger, handsome Indian men, tea in a Maharajah's palace, cooking class in an Indian home, your own Tour Guide and drivers, a doctor traveling with our group, cocktails served poolside by turbaned waiters, and the smells of roasting meat and spices as you dine on the roof of the world's number one hotel listening to sitar music while gazing through the night sky at the lake below and illuminated palaces above. WHAT YOU WILL SEE AND EXPERIENCE: Join us for the amazingly inexpensive markets of Delhi for fabrics, lacquer boxes, jewelry, fashions; candlelight rooftop dining overlooking the illuminated ruins of a fort; a sunrise breakfast overlooking the Taj Mahal; a moving day decorating, bathing, and riding elephants; a hair-raising rickshaw ride through the streets of Old Delhi; temples; holy men; new gay friends; Delhi's 1 gay club; the sites for Octopussy and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; twilight lake cruises; the Pink City; the City of Lakes, Sufi music; and meeting gay locals. WHAT OUR LAST GROUP SAID: "Spectacular!" "Absolute best trip of my lifetime!" You can have this experience too. See Delhi (the Capital), Agra (Taj Mahal), Jaipur (the Pink City), and Udaipur (City of Lakes). We will also visit Neemrana Fort Hotel--a secret treasure known only to locals--a fort from the 1300's renovated to a hotel by 2 gay Indians (they now have 25 hotels in India). One of the most rewarding experiences has been meeting the local gay men. I have found that many handsome gay Indians in their 30’s love older gay men! HOW IT WORKS: We let you know what flights and hotels to book. You do the bookings yourself on Expedia, Orbitz, or Hotels.com. Then, we arrange a guide and driver to take us to the sites each day. (This costs $30 per person per day in addition to the fees above.) Most of our Tour Hosts are gay. They do all negotiating for us in Hindi, arrange transportation for us around the city, show us where the gay spots are, introduce us to friends, and tell us about gay life in India. Our Food Guide, Singh, is a food blogger who knows all the great restaurants of Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. You will have one of the greatest meals of your life at Spice Route in the Imperial Hotel, dine on incredible northern Indian food at Pinch of Spice, and have cocktails and smoke hooka while listening to Sufi music overlooking Delhi's evening sky. We will arrange all of these for you. Phil Walker will be your Tour Leader. He visited India twice in 2018. He loves India. It shows as the 2019 trip incorporates all the special finds he and the group made in 2018. We even travel with our own doctor who takes care of any medical needs you have. (On our last trip, no one needed his help. The water in all the hotels is filtered. Everyone's stomach was fine.) You can't beat having your own doctor, the experience, or the price. For those who are interested, an informational dinner will be held at the home of Phil Walker in San Francisco on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at 7 p.m (see https://bit.ly/2B8nGvn ). "This will be the trip of a lifetime. I promise." --Phil Walker

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