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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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1. 8 Octavia

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8 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

2. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

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950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5278
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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.

3. Dom's Chicken Window

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1244 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

4. Castro Farmers' Market

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Market & Noe St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(925) 825-9090
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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.

5. Larkin Street Youth Services

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134 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 673-0911
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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.

6. Boxer Stadium

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2100 San Jose Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

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.

7. Willy's Barber Shop

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3227 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-2344

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.

8. Beatbox

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314 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 500-2675
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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.

9. Red Coach Motor Lodge

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700 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

10. La Rondalla Restaurant and Cantina

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901 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA
(415) 647-7474

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.

11. Dolores Park

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Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

12. Walgreens

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498 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 861-3136
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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.

13. Urban Flowers

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4029 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 355-1028
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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.

14. The Fairmont San Francisco

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950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 772-5000
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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.

15. San Francisco Zoo

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1 Zoo Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132
(415) 753-7080
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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.

16. San Francisco City Hall

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1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 554-4000

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.

17. Out of the Closet

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100 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

18. Lynn's House

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Buena Vista Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

19. Former Castro Blockbuster

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160 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

20. Esta Noche

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3079 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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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1. 8 Octavia

8 Octavia Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

8 Octavia Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

2. Tonga Room & Hurricane Bar

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

3. Dom's Chicken Window

1244 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

1244 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Castro Farmers' Market

Market & Noe St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

Market & Noe St
San Francisco, CA 94114

5. Larkin Street Youth Services

134 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

134 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

6. Boxer Stadium

2100 San Jose Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112

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.

2100 San Jose Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94112

7. Willy's Barber Shop

3227 22nd St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

3227 22nd St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Beatbox

314 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

314 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

9. Red Coach Motor Lodge

700 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA 94109

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.

700 Eddy St
San Francisco, CA 94109

10. La Rondalla Restaurant and Cantina

901 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA

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.

901 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA

11. Dolores Park

Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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.

Dolores St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Walgreens

498 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

498 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

13. Urban Flowers

4029 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

4029 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

14. The Fairmont San Francisco

950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108

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.

950 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94108

15. San Francisco Zoo

1 Zoo Rd, San Francisco, CA 94132

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.

1 Zoo Rd
San Francisco, CA 94132

16. San Francisco City Hall

1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco, CA 94102

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.

1 Carlton B Goodlett Pl
San Francisco, CA 94102

17. Out of the Closet

100 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

100 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

18. Lynn's House

Buena Vista Terrace, San Francisco, CA 94117

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.

Buena Vista Terrace
San Francisco, CA 94117

19. Former Castro Blockbuster

160 Church Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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.

160 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

20. Esta Noche

3079 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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.

3079 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103