HILLCREST IS SAN DIEGO’S LONG-STANDING “GAYBORHOOD,”
WITH ECLECTIC SHOPPING,
MYRIAD LGBT BARS, CLUBS, AND
LOUNGES, AND A DYNAMIC INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT SCENE.
WHILE HILLCREST CELEBRATES
DIVERSITY YEAR-ROUND, THERE’S
FUN TO BE HAD ALL OVER TOWN
The art deco Inn at the Park is close to
Balboa Park and has a pretty rooftop patio,
while Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast is
on a quiet neighborhood street. The historic
Lafayette Hotel in University Heights exudes
Old Hollywood glam and has a lively pool
scene in the summer. Unwind at the Hyatt
Regency La Jolla at Aventine, which has an
Olympic-style pool, 24-hour gym and several
This supper club and glamor-
ous drag queen show is a local
institution and loads of fun.
This cozy University Heights
theater has been telling complex
LGBT stories for over twenty years.
See big shows and travel-
ing musicals at this small
theater in Old Town.
restaurants on the property. For a chic downtown locale, the Andaz San
Diego is in the heart of the Gaslamp and has a rooftop pool and bar.
Hillcrest is home to a plethora of dining options for every taste and budget. Get up early and head to Refill for crepes and a strong cup of coffee, or
have a spicy bloody mary and pancakes at Great Maple. At lunchtime, visit
Lemonade, a Los Angeles–based eatery that serves seasonal dishes cafeteria
style, or Napizza for delicious pizza by the slice. For dinner, head to Trust
Restaurant for pasta, wine, and braised and wood-fired meats. For Mexican food, Casa de Bandini in Carlsbad has festive decor, vegetarian options
and more than 50 tequilas. For a seafood dinner with a view of the bay and
embarcadero, book a table on the expansive covered patio at Harbor House.
Start the evening in the beach party vibe of Fiesta Cantina, a thatched-roof
bar with a daily happy hour, or The Brew Project, an old Craftsman home
converted into a pub that specializes in local beer. Dance the
night away at The Brass Rail, Rich’s, or Urban MO’s Bar &
Grill, then end the night at Lestat’s, a deli and coffee shop
that’s open 24 hours. Head to the Padres vs. Dodgers game
at Petco Park on May 21 for the special OUT at the Park
pride event. Explore Tijuana’s craft breweries, restaurants
and wineries on a personalized tour with Turista Libre,
where an ex–San Diegan living in Tijuana will show you
the city’s best spots.
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, a deli and coffee shop