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  • 1. Baja Betty's

    Hillcrest | Bars/Pubs

    Although it draws plenty of gay customers, the festive and friendly atmosphere is popular with just about everyone in the Hillcrest area (and...Read More

  • 2. Extraordinary Desserts

    Hillcrest | Cafes–Nightlife

    This café lives up to its name, which explains why there's often a line, despite the ample seating. Paris-trained Karen Krasne turns out award...Read More

  • 3. Hamilton's Tavern

    South Park | Bars/Pubs

    Affectionately known to its loyal crowd of locals as Hammy's, this bar has one of the best beer lists in town. On the ceiling, lights strung...Read More

  • 4. Seven Grand

    North Park | Piano Bars/Lounges

    This whiskey lounge is a swanky addition to an already thriving North Park nightlife scene and a welcome alternative to the neighboring dives...Read More

  • 5. Starlite

    Mission Hills | Piano Bars/Lounges

    Bar-goers are dazzled by Starlite's award-winning interior design, which includes rock walls, luxe leather booths, and a massive mirror-mounted...Read More

  • 6. Aero Club

    Mission Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Named for its proximity to the airport, this watering hole draws in twenty- and thirtysomethings with its pool tables, dominoes, and 20 beers...Read More

  • 7. Bar Pink

    North Park | Bars/Pubs

    Cheap drinks, loud music, and a hip crowd explain the line that's usually waiting outside this divey bar co-owned by Rocket From the Crypt frontman...Read More

  • 8. Blind Lady Ale House

    University Heights | Bars/Pubs

    There's almost no combination on earth as satisfying as pizza and beer—which just happen to be Blind Lady's specialties. The old world–style...Read More

  • 9. Blonde Bar

    Mission Hills | Bars/Pubs

    Images of Deborah Harry and Iggy Pop wallpaper this small but stylish dive. With a rotating cast of DJs and live bands, plus cocktails named...Read More

  • 10. El Agave Tequileria

    Old Town | Bars/Pubs

    The bar of this restaurant named for the cactus whose sap is distilled into tequila stocks hundreds of top-shelf brands that are as sip-worthy...Read More

  • 11. Flicks

    Hillcrest | Bars/Pubs

    This hip video bar that's popular with the see-and-be-seen crowd plays music and comedy videos on four big screens. There are drink specials...Read More

  • 12. Gelato Vero Caffe

    Mission Hills | Cafes–Nightlife

    A youthful crowd gathers here for authentic Italian ice cream, espresso, and a second-floor view of the Downtown skyline. The place is usually...Read More

  • 13. In Cahoots

    Mission Valley | Dance Clubs

    With a great sound system, large dance floor, and DJ, Cahoots is the destination of choice for cowgirls, cowboys, and city slickers alike. Free...Read More

  • 14. Kindred

    South Park | Bars/Pubs

    Family-friendly vegan brunch and deceivingly elegant decor are part of the charm of this artfully edgy cocktail bar. The sound system plays...Read More

  • 15. Lestat's Coffee Shop

    Normal Heights | Cafes–Nightlife

    One of the few San Diego coffee shops that's open 24 hours a day, this Normal Heights mainstay also has a great selection of baked goods and...Read More

  • 16. Lips

    North Park | Comedy Clubs

    Patrons enjoy their dinner while drag queens entertain (a $3 to $5 per-person cover charge will be added to your check). The place is always...Read More

  • 17. Live Wire

    North Park | Bars/Pubs

    A tried-and-true authentic dive just on the border of the trendy North Park neighborhood lures pierced and tattooed kids in their twenties....Read More

  • 18. Martinis Above Fourth

    Hillcrest | Bars/Pubs

    This swank lounge presents live piano, comedy, and cabaret on weekends to a friendly crowd. Swill cocktails inside or on the patio, and consider...Read More

  • 19. Nunu's

    Hillcrest | Bars/Pubs

    This retro-cool hangout with stiff cocktails might be one of the most popular bars in très gay Hillcrest, but don't expect a glitzy facade....Read More

  • 20. Polite Provisions

    Normal Heights | Piano Bars/Lounges

    The look of this cocktail lounge on the border of North Park and Normal Heights is drugstore chic, but the drinks themselves—none of which contain...Read More

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