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Mapping HBO's 'Looking' Season 2 Locations in San Francisco

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The second season of HBO's Looking wrapped up last night, and once again San Francisco was showcased as pretty much its own character throughout the 10 episodes. Although Looking branched out this year, taking its cast outside of the city to the Russian River, San Leandro, and even Fresno Modesto, San Francisco remained front and center through most of the season. Just like last year, it was fun to location-spot throughout the season, from the obvious (Tonga Room) to the obscure (the location of Dom's walk-up chicken window.) We've mapped 20 of the most notable San Francisco locations of season two here for you. They cluster around the Castro and SoMa, but also stretch out to Balboa Park and Ocean Beach.


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8 Octavia

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This brand-new Hayes Valley development is a condo building called 8 Octavia in real life, but it shows up as a rental building named 82 Octavia on the show. Kevin rents a penthouse apartment in the building, and it serves as the main setting for the season finale.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

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This iconic San Francisco institution pops up on screen in a scene with Patrick's fantastic mother, who, of course, would stay at the Fairmont, where the bar is located, when she comes to town for a visit.

Dom's Chicken Window

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The site of Dom's future chicken window is on a nondescript, somewhat sketchy street in SoMa, making its location at first tricky to pin down. However, later in the season it is shown to be right next door to Vega cafe, putting it on Folsom about halfway between Eighth and Ninth streets. Turns out it's the former Crème Brûlée walk-up window, and a look back at Google Maps street view from October 2014 confirms it all, with film crews shown on-site.

Castro Farmers' Market

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Much of the action in Looking takes place around the Castro, and the characters' lives often seem to overlap even when they aren't looking for them to. The Castro Farmers' Market serves as a prime location for one of these overlaps when Patrick gets a glimpse of Kevin's day-to-day life with his boyfriend John.

Larkin Street Youth Services

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The youth homeless shelter where Augustín works is based on Larkin Street Youth Services, which makes an appearance on-screen in street shots. However, the actual scenes inside the shelter were filmed at the Mission Recreation Center.

Boxer Stadium

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Dom's rugby team has a big game out at Boxer Stadium. Its location on the southern edge of San Francisco is easy to identify thanks to the glimpses of little hillside houses in rows lined up in the background. The San Francisco Fog, Dom's team, is a real-life rugby team that aims to recruit people of color, gay men, and women.

Willy's Barber Shop

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The barber shop where Richie works showed up in season one and came back in season two when Augustín stopped by to make peace with Richie. The shop is a Mission institution that often has long waits for its affordable cuts.

Beatbox

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Last September, a casting call went out looking for extras to recreate a "Bearracuda night" at SoMa club Beatbox. The club showed up on screen when Augstín went searching for his Russian River hookup Eddie but ended up passed out on the street.

Red Coach Motor Lodge

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This Tenderloin budget motel popped up only ever so briefly as the site of a lunchtime rendezvous between Patrick and Kevin. It was, however, renamed for the show.

La Rondalla Restaurant and Cantina

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La Rondalla reopened last year in the Mission after a seven-year hiatus, and the gang heads there for margaritas early in the season. It turns out to be an important night for Doris when she meets Malik for the first time.

Dolores Park

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Dolores Park seems to be at the center of social life for many a San Franciscan, so it wasn't surprising to see it in the second season after being a major site during season one. This time around, Patrick and Richie wander through the park while eating Bi-Rite ice cream and complaining about the lines.

Walgreens

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It's not completely clear that the drugstore where Patrick shops in preparation for a big weekend with Kevin is the Castro Walgreens, but given that he is shown outside on Castro Street just moments later, it seems like a pretty good bet.

Urban Flowers

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The flower shop owned by Lynn on the show is called Buds, and it doesn't exist in real life. However, its street number is shown to be 4029, the exact street number of the 18th Street flower shop Urban Flowers. The local Castro florist has been around for more than 15 years.

The Fairmont San Francisco

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Patrick and Kevin upgrade from a seedy motel to the Singapore Suite at the Fairmont after making their relationship official. The luxury digs include a balcony with sweeping city views.

San Francisco Zoo

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The San Francisco Zoo is the site of a fraught family scene for Patrick, his mother, and his sister. There's a break in the tension when Patrick's mother tries to feed the zoo animals organic quinoa chips.

San Francisco City Hall

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Doris's new man Malik works at City Hall. When Dom goes there to catch up with him on the steps, Malik mentions that his day has been taken up with meetings about Google buses.

Out of the Closet

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Patrick heads to the Castro branch of Out of the Closet, a thrift store run by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to get tested for HIV early in season two. However, that branch closed back in October after a dispute with its landlord.

Lynn's House

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It's not clear exactly where Lynn's big, beautiful home is located, but as Dom approaches, a sign for Buena Vista Terrace is visible. The house, of course, has a hot tub in the backyard and would probably sell for millions.

Former Castro Blockbuster

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As the gang shops for Halloween costumes, Dom asks, "Didn't this place used to be a Blockbuster?" A few moments later, they're shown striding down Church Street right near the former Castro Blockbuster. That location has indeed hosted a pop-up Halloween store each of the past few years.

Esta Noche

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Keeping with the trend of closing places, Patrick makes an effort to visit Esta Noche, which featured heavily in season one, on its last night of existence. The rough-around-the-edges gay bar shut down last year.

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8 Octavia

This brand-new Hayes Valley development is a condo building called 8 Octavia in real life, but it shows up as a rental building named 82 Octavia on the show. Kevin rents a penthouse apartment in the building, and it serves as the main setting for the season finale.

Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

This iconic San Francisco institution pops up on screen in a scene with Patrick's fantastic mother, who, of course, would stay at the Fairmont, where the bar is located, when she comes to town for a visit.

Dom's Chicken Window

The site of Dom's future chicken window is on a nondescript, somewhat sketchy street in SoMa, making its location at first tricky to pin down. However, later in the season it is shown to be right next door to Vega cafe, putting it on Folsom about halfway between Eighth and Ninth streets. Turns out it's the former Crème Brûlée walk-up window, and a look back at Google Maps street view from October 2014 confirms it all, with film crews shown on-site.

Castro Farmers' Market

Much of the action in Looking takes place around the Castro, and the characters' lives often seem to overlap even when they aren't looking for them to. The Castro Farmers' Market serves as a prime location for one of these overlaps when Patrick gets a glimpse of Kevin's day-to-day life with his boyfriend John.

Larkin Street Youth Services

The youth homeless shelter where Augustín works is based on Larkin Street Youth Services, which makes an appearance on-screen in street shots. However, the actual scenes inside the shelter were filmed at the Mission Recreation Center.

Boxer Stadium

Dom's rugby team has a big game out at Boxer Stadium. Its location on the southern edge of San Francisco is easy to identify thanks to the glimpses of little hillside houses in rows lined up in the background. The San Francisco Fog, Dom's team, is a real-life rugby team that aims to recruit people of color, gay men, and women.

Willy's Barber Shop

The barber shop where Richie works showed up in season one and came back in season two when Augustín stopped by to make peace with Richie. The shop is a Mission institution that often has long waits for its affordable cuts.

Beatbox

Last September, a casting call went out looking for extras to recreate a "Bearracuda night" at SoMa club Beatbox. The club showed up on screen when Augstín went searching for his Russian River hookup Eddie but ended up passed out on the street.

Red Coach Motor Lodge

This Tenderloin budget motel popped up only ever so briefly as the site of a lunchtime rendezvous between Patrick and Kevin. It was, however, renamed for the show.

La Rondalla Restaurant and Cantina

La Rondalla reopened last year in the Mission after a seven-year hiatus, and the gang heads there for margaritas early in the season. It turns out to be an important night for Doris when she meets Malik for the first time.

Dolores Park

Dolores Park seems to be at the center of social life for many a San Franciscan, so it wasn't surprising to see it in the second season after being a major site during season one. This time around, Patrick and Richie wander through the park while eating Bi-Rite ice cream and complaining about the lines.

Walgreens

It's not completely clear that the drugstore where Patrick shops in preparation for a big weekend with Kevin is the Castro Walgreens, but given that he is shown outside on Castro Street just moments later, it seems like a pretty good bet.

Urban Flowers

The flower shop owned by Lynn on the show is called Buds, and it doesn't exist in real life. However, its street number is shown to be 4029, the exact street number of the 18th Street flower shop Urban Flowers. The local Castro florist has been around for more than 15 years.

The Fairmont San Francisco

Patrick and Kevin upgrade from a seedy motel to the Singapore Suite at the Fairmont after making their relationship official. The luxury digs include a balcony with sweeping city views.

San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Zoo is the site of a fraught family scene for Patrick, his mother, and his sister. There's a break in the tension when Patrick's mother tries to feed the zoo animals organic quinoa chips.

San Francisco City Hall

Doris's new man Malik works at City Hall. When Dom goes there to catch up with him on the steps, Malik mentions that his day has been taken up with meetings about Google buses.

Out of the Closet

Patrick heads to the Castro branch of Out of the Closet, a thrift store run by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, to get tested for HIV early in season two. However, that branch closed back in October after a dispute with its landlord.

Lynn's House

It's not clear exactly where Lynn's big, beautiful home is located, but as Dom approaches, a sign for Buena Vista Terrace is visible. The house, of course, has a hot tub in the backyard and would probably sell for millions.

Former Castro Blockbuster

As the gang shops for Halloween costumes, Dom asks, "Didn't this place used to be a Blockbuster?" A few moments later, they're shown striding down Church Street right near the former Castro Blockbuster. That location has indeed hosted a pop-up Halloween store each of the past few years.

Esta Noche

Keeping with the trend of closing places, Patrick makes an effort to visit Esta Noche, which featured heavily in season one, on its last night of existence. The rough-around-the-edges gay bar shut down last year.