Bars and nightclubs have always been a favorite meeting spot for queer folk, where dim lighting and free flowing alcohol helped to ease inhibitions in the dismal days before one could be out and proud. Happy hour is justifiably busy: each purchased drink gets you a token for a freebie that can be used immediately or saved for a future visit. Plus, every third Thursday packs in the ladies during Girl's Night Out. A popular first stop for a night of bar hopping or dancing, the charming atmosphere and laid back vibe might just make you lose track of time and miss stops two, three, and four
By Andrew Collins. San Diego gay nightlife scene manages that rare balance between being remarkably friendly and also rife with beautiful guys and tanned and toned lesbians - it's pretty much a reflection of this sunny Southern California city. Gay bars have also been pretty stable here over the years, with the most popular hangouts having been going strong for a couple of decades. Most gay bars are in the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood, just northeast of Balboa Park and a short drive or cab ride from downtown. Several others are in the districts just to the east of Hillcrest: University Heights and Normal Heights. It's a fun spot for foofy cocktails note the huge tequila list , weekend-afternoon people-watching, and consistently good Southwestern and Latin American fare: Mexi-Queen cheese dip, battered-cod fish tacos, carne asada tacos, and chicken poblano in mole sauce.
San Diego Gay Bars Guide - Best San Diego Gay Nightlife
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Hillcrest and its sister neighborhoods know how to show visitors a good time. If Sunday Funday is more to your liking, there are plenty of options for that, too. The revelry amplifies down University Avenue, where dance clubs and video bars kick the party up a notch.