Catalyst Update

SF Catalyst is a community-run educational and social space, located in the South of Market neighborhood, operated by the San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

SF Catalyst is available for use by individuals, groups and organizations for events that are in alignment with the mission of the Alliance, “to create a welcoming and supportive environment for members of the SF Bay Area Leather, Fetish, Kink, & Motorcycling communities”.

SF Catalyst has a commitment to diversity and inclusion, to providing space for community organizations to further their programs and missions, and to working with other existing San Francisco Leather community spaces to ensure the long term vitality of the SF Bay Area Leather communities.

Space Rental

With its new Russ Street addition, Catalyst now features more than 4,000 square feet of play and social space, well stocked with meeting room, bedroom, and dungeon room furniture. There are lockers, fixed points for bondage or suspension, a spacious shower, a cozy loft, and many other enticing features. The space is available to rent for photo shoots, meetings, filming, art shows, play dates, life events, professional sessions, and all kinds of parties and gatherings. 

You can rent the entire space (maximum capacity 199 persons, absent COVID restrictions), or just rent one or more of these areas:  (Space designations are VERY tentative; ask us about naming opportunities!)

  • Folsom Main Space (including mezzanine, and shared use of locker room, front lobby and bathroom area) MC 100
  • Folsom Upstairs Space (upstairs meeting/soft play room, and shared use of locker room, front lobby and bathroom area) MC 20
  • Russ Front space (including kitchenette, and access to other spaces as discussed) MC 30
  • Russ Middle space (normally rented only with either the front or rear space) MC 20
  • Russ Rear space (with access to other spaces as discussed) MC 20
  • Russ Parking Lot (normally rented only with other spaces) Maximum Capacity during COVID=12 persons

To inquire about renting the space, please contact

Obviously, all uses of the SF Catalyst space must conform to the prevailing rules of the city of San Francisco to prevent COVID-19 transmission.  These rules are subject to change at short notice, so please be prepared to discuss your planned use of the space with our reservation volunteers.  We can help you with establishing safety protocols, drafting waivers for your guests to sign, and even maintaining records for future contact tracing.

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Support SF Catalyst

Present circumstances make SFCatalyst a precious and precarious resource.  It can only survive to serve our community in the difficult months to come with our continuing collective support.  Please become a Catalyst “Patron” at  If you prefer to make a one-time contribution, to donate needed hardware, or to sponsor a particular project or upgrade, please write to us.  Naming opportunities exist!  

Besides money, SF Catalyst is continually in need of community volunteers. Folks with special skills like plumbing, carpentry or Dungeon Monitor certification are welcome, but so are folks who can just be on call to help with moving chairs or emptying the trash. If you can help, please write to us at and tell us (a) who you are, (b) all the best ways to reach you, and (c) what you would be willing and able to help us with. Thanks!  

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