San Diego is famous for its thriving LGBT community. As a part of one of the most progressive states, the city prides itself as a place for zero discrimination. The bar scene is reflective of this inclusive culture with some of the popular gay bars going strong since last few decades.

If you are in San Diego and want to check out the counterculture, make sure you visit some of these gay bars and nightlife in America’s Finest City.

As an ode to the city’s famed gay pride parade, the route path is filled with gay bars. The heart of gay nightlife is the trendy Hillcrest neighbourhood. If you are in downtown, this area is to the northeast of Balboa Park and a short cab ride from the downtown area.

Another area worth checking out is the University Heights and Normal Heights. To make sure you don’t miss out on the best ones, here is our list of the best gay bars in San Diego.

  1. The Brass Rail

The first one on our list is the oldest gay bar in town. The Brass Rail has undergone several transformations through the decades and yet retained its charm. If you are in the city for the whole week, check them out on a Monday and enjoy $2 drinks.

  1. The Caliph

Slightly further from the Hillcrest, the Caliph at the Banker’s Hill is a popular dive bar and a great place to meet new people. It is small and not very crowded, just what you need on an easy Wednesday night.

  1. Urban Mo’s

 Urban Mo’s is famous for its strong cocktails, great food and a lively outdoor area. If you go on a Wednesday, you get to watch The Dreamgirls Revue and RuPaul’s Drag Race.