Nightlife in the gay bars in San Diego usually starts with happy hours looking west, watching the sun disappear behind the shimmering horizon. It revs up in the gay bars and clubs of Hillcrest and surrounding neighborhoods but refuses to quit when the bars close, with a small but lively number of after-hour options. For the best gay nightlife in San Diego stick to Hillcrest, diving into the Gaslamp District if you prefer more of an alternative, mixed scene.
Hillcrest: home to the best gays bars in San Diego
Rich’s is one of San Diego’s biggest gay clubs. The space is decked out with massive LED light displays that pulse to pop, tribal house, and reggaeton of the rotating DJs every Wednesday-Sunday night. A slew of gogo boys dance in briefs and drinks are reasonable.
The Rail has been open since the 1960s and remains a popular place for a night of dancing. For special celebrations, treat yourself to their exclusive bottle service and guarantee ample space to party when the club fills.
Like its name suggests, Flicks plays sports games as well as music videos alongside local DJs’ beats. With some of the cheapest drinks in Hillcrest, locals love to begin their nights at Flicks while checking out the newest music videos in town.
Some of the best drag shoes can be found at Baja Betty’s. A friendly wait staff prepares an assortment of delicious Margaritas while hilarious queens entertain you with comedy, cabaret, and dance. Brunches here should not be missed!
More San Diego gay bars and clubs: North Park
PECS is a popular bar in the North Park neighborhood and draws a more diverse crowd with bear nights and hilarious wig parties. Pecs is a great afternoon stop to sit down, have a beer, and watch the game.
Also in North Park is the San Diego Eagle which is easily San Diego’s cruisiest bar. With events like Puppy Play, Uniform Night, and Jackhammer, the bar has a clear dress code that encourages leather, jeans, and other fetish wear.