Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Rikki Streicher (on left) at the Clairmont Hotel,
Oakland California (1945)

Location: San Francisco, California, USA

Opened: 1978

Closed: ?

In surfing around the Internet, I realized that Rikki Streicher died 18 years ago this month. Hard to believe she has been gone that long.

Rikki was a pioneer in San Francisco's gay civil rights movement. She was perhaps best known as the owner of Maud's, which is generally credited with being one of the longest running lesbian bars in the United States (1966-1989). Maud's later became pretty famous, largely through the acclaimed 1993 documentary, Last Call At Maud's (here's a clip).

Turns out Rikki had a second bar, but there is very little information on it. At least readily available information. That was Amanda's, which we are told was a "lesbian dance club" that opened in 1978. And honestly, that's all I can find. Anybody remember this place? Where it was located? Anything about it?

1 comment:

  1. There was a bar called Amelia's that I went to once, in the late 80s or early 90s. That one had closed by the time I moved down here though, in '99. Is that what you're talking about? At this link, it says Rikki owned it :

    I remember thinking it was a cool space. I was really bummed to find out that it had closed by the time I moved.


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