style slice topped with truffle
pâté and porcini mushrooms at
Napizza (1040 University Ave.).
For dinner, head to Trust (3752
Park Blvd.), the neighborhood’s
newest restaurant, with a seasonal
menu and large, shaded patio.
Before you head back to your
hotel, savor a scoop of dreamy
gelato at Chocolat Hillcrest (3896
Explore the region’s breweries
and wineries by train or on foot
with San Diego Beer & Wine
Tours ( lajollawinetours.com). Stop by Sparks Gallery
(530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter) to see which local
or international artists are displaying their work.
Start the night with a local craft beer at neighborhood spot Small Bar (4628 Park Blvd.), or Hillcrest
Brewing Company (1458 University Ave.), the country’s first “out and proud LGBT brewery.” Dance
the night away at The Brass Rail (3796 Fifth Ave.)
or Rich’s (1051 University Ave.), and end the night
at Fiesta Cantina (142 University Ave.), a thatched-roof bar with a beach party vibe that has a daily
late-night happy hour. The friendly spot #1
Fifth Avenue (3845 Fifth Ave.) offers colorful lineups
such as standup comedy shows, ’90s nights,
“Sunday Fundays,” drag shows and Havana
Night (the third Saturday of the month) for
live Latin music.
The new Courtyard by Marriott (453 Sixth Ave.) offers
a chic stay downtown along with its swank rooftop
bar, The Nolen, on the 14th floor. Housed in the
historic Hotel St. James, Ramada Gaslamp (830 Sixth
Ave.) blends modern amenities with Victorian charm.
Modern Hotel Z (521 Sixth Ave.) welcomes guests
with cupcakes and coffee and a fleet of bright yellow
bicycles. The quiet, tucked-away location and sophisticated decor of Hotel Marisol Coronado (1017 Park Pl.)
make it an ideal locale for a romantic weekend or, for
a lively pool scene, book a room at the budget-friendly
Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd.) in North Park.
Hillcrest is home to a plethora of dining options for
every taste and budget. Get up early and head to
Snooze (3940 Fifth Ave.) for pineapple upside-down
pancakes and inventive egg dishes. At lunchtime, visit
Oscars Mexican Seafood (646 University Ave.) for its
famous fried and smoked fish tacos, or get a Roman-
Hillcrest is San Diego’s official “gayborhood,”
with eclectic shopping, myriad LGBT bars,
clubs and lounges and a dynamic international
restaurant scene. And while Hillcrest
celebrates diversity year-round, there’s fun to
be found all over town.
SAVE THE DATE!
San Diego LBGT
Pride: July 15–17
the streets of
down to host one
of the largest
in the country,
of floats. More
people will visit
weekend is filled
events, from a
rally to a 5K race,
a huge music
San Diego Repertory Theatre
See one-of-a-kind musicals and
provocative, contemporary plays.
79 Horton Plaza, Gaslamp Quarter
This small theater in Old Town hosts big
shows. The musical Gypsy and August
Wilson’s award-winning plays Seven
Guitars and King Hedley II are slated for
the 2016 season.
4040 Twiggs St., Old Town
This supper club and
glamorous drag queen
show is a local institution
and loads of fun.
3036 El Cajon Blvd.,