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Polk Street Good Vibrations Store

Ride the cable car to Good Vibrations in historic Russian Hill and stroll the lively and colorful shops on Polk Street.

1620 Polk Street (at Sacramento Street)
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 345-0400 Map & Directions

Regular Hours
Friday & Saturday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday - Thursday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Good Vibrations - Nob Hill

Workshop Information

Most of our events are open to everybody. However, some are designated for particular groups. If an event description says "women only" or "men only," anyone who identifies with that gender is welcome to attend. Events for couples do not require you to be romantic or sexual partners, but you do need to attend as a pair. So if you have a close friend you want to come with, feel free!

For paid workshops, we strongly recommend reserving your seat. Some of our classes fill up and signing up early will make sure you can attend them. Other workshops have smaller attendance and we may cancel an event if only a few people are registered in advance. Early pre-registration is the best way to avoid disappointment. You can click on the link in the workshop description or call us at 415-345-0400 to sign up. We are unable to honor refunds if the request is communicated after the actual date of the workshop.

Antique Vibrator Museum

Open every day 12:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Late night Thursdays 12:30pm - 8:30 pm

The history of the vibrator is a fascinating one, and Good Vibrations gladly sheds light on the unlikely origins of its industry. The electric vibrator had its inception in 1869 with the invention of a steam-powered massager, patented by an American doctor. This device was designed as a medical tool for treating what was called "hysteria," or "female disorders." Within 20 years a British doctor followed up with a more portable battery-operated model; by 1900, dozens of styles of electric vibrators, just like those in our exhibit, were available to the discriminating medical professional.

Upcoming Events at Polk

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Sexy Librarian Book Party
Thursday, September 4, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm

Imagine a library with velvet chairs and fine-grained bookshelves, run by a librarian whose only concern is pleasing her patrons. This sexy librarian will stop at nothing to service her readers. To fulfill her role, she has lovingly collected a set of stories guaranteed to satisfy every lust, literary or otherwise.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

How to Please a Woman and Have Her Begging for More
Monday, September 8th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

In this workshop with Sex and Intimacy Coach Xanet Pailet you will learn about women's sexual arousal and how to slowly turn up the dial so that she is begging you for more. Did you know that women have a whole system of erectile tissue? Learning where that tissue is, how to activate it, and how it changes with arousal will provide you with a road map to women's pleasure. We will also learn about seven different types of female orgasm. For individuals and couples.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Boning 101
Monday, September 15th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Ready to learn the foundations of fantastic sex? Whether you're a nookie ninja or never been kissed, join Nerdist Industries podcaster Sex Nerd Sandra for an eye-opening look at the spectrum of pleasure! She'll share universal skills for using your mouth, hands and hips to seduce, play and initiate effective foreplay, create surprising sensations and unlock orgasm for everyone!

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Playful Kink!
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Roller coaster your sex life! Discover simple techniques culled from the world of kink to brighten your bedroom. Sex Nerd Sandra takes you on a friendly tour of the mysterious side of sex. Topics include an introduction to BDSM, sensual spanking, orgasmic bondage, role-play, safety and a surprising peek into adult fantasy.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Humpday Happy Hour! Fan-Fiction Fever
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:30-7:30 pm

Did you know that the 50 Shades of Grey series was based on Twilight fan-fiction? Some of the most acclaimed erotica is found in the fan-fiction community, and drawn from characters from your favorite TV shows, books, and films! Learn how to find the best fics, and how to get your own published.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Self-Empowerment, Especially for Singles
Thursday, September 18th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Join empowerment coach Rachel Buddeberg to explore the impact of two newly researched stereotypes, singlism and couplemania––cultural messages suggesting we’ll be happier, healthier, and wealthier if only we could find that “special someone.” It’s not necessarily so! Putting all of our energy into one relationship can lead to overly high expectations, downplaying the importance of our other relationships, and leave us feeling like second-class citizens if we remain single. This workshop is designed to empower people, especially singles, to look beyond these messages and learn to enrich our lives. We will practice powerful tools to counteract these messages. You will leave this workshop with renewed confidence to choose to be single for as short or long as you want to be, the ability to diffuse cultural messages that cause distress, and start to heal the impact they’ve had on your life!

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Antique Vibrator Museum Tour
Sunday, September 21, 2014
3:00 pm
To sign up in advance: Click Here

A monthly FREE tour of San Francisco's most unique museum! Your great-great-grandmother might have owned a vibrator, and the fascinating story of our favorite household helper is truly stranger than fiction. Come see our collection of vibrators, spanning the 20th century, and learn all about their history. This month, join docent Naomi L’Amore, trained by Antique Vibrator Museum Curator Dr. Carol Queen.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Auntie Midori's Tips for New Tops
Thursday, September 25th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Curious about BDSM? Are you just beginning to explore your top or dominant side? Do you find all the information out there a bit intimidating? Do you want to have successful kinky fun scenes and feel confident? Auntie Midori’s here to help! She’ll share practical tips, easy ways to get started, and how to avoid common mistakes. Learn how to find out your and your partner’s desires and select the right toys to make that a steamy reality. She’ll talk about how to avoid harming your partner while keeping the thrill. She’ll also answer all the questions. She’s prone to confess tales of her spectacular goofy bloopers too.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Queer Prism: Readings
Monday, September 29, 2014
6:30-8:30 pm

Queer fiction runs the gamut! A tasting menu to make you laugh, cry, and squirm in the most delicious ways. With Eric Andrews-Katz, Dale Chase, Dena Hankins, Clifford Henderson, Kathleen Knowles, and Felice Picano.

Sex Ed Events at Good Vibrations

Open Windows: Look Inside with Erotica
Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
$20 in advance, $25 at the door, as space allows

Whether describing fantasy scenes or exactly what you did last night, words add power and excitement to sex. Erotica and romance writer Dena Hankins will ask which words turn you on--and do you want to try what you just read about? Let's talk hot language, exploring new ideas, and sharing stories with your lovers.

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