San Diego City Guide: LGBTQ+ Edition

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San Diego City Guide: LGBTQ+ Edition

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San Diego is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the US, and we have plenty of spots for you to check out. The city has so many inclusive places where you can feel free to be yourself!

Where to Stay:

In San Diego’s emerging East Village Gaslamp Quarter, Solamar offers a laid back, SoCal vibe with elegant décor and genuine service.

This historic boutique resort offers charming studio, one- and two-bedroom resort suites in a central location on the edge of Balboa Park West.

Unpretentious but prestigious, Hotel Republic San Diego, Autograph Collection seamlessly blends contemporary comfort and boutique sophistication.

Sofia is a sensible hostess who has thought of everything from a laptop safe to a mini-fridge. Her responsiveness and ability to anticipate her guests’ needs will resonate with visitors for years to come.

Where to Eat:

A menu featuring California & Mediterranean-inspired dishes & drinks in a lively space with a pool.

Upbeat gay-friendly spot with a happening dance floor, festive theme nights & an outdoor patio.

Vibrant, retro chain serving a seasonal menu of creative breakfast & lunch fare, plus cocktails.

This casual American eatery situated within Balboa Park serves up hot & cold sandwiches plus beer.

Great Maple is a modern American eatery specializing in elevated comfort food with a twist. Using seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients, we strive to create crave-worthy dishes, more commonly associated with upscale dining.

Where to Drink:

LGBT-friendly bar serves quirky cocktails & American comfort food amid female-inspired decor.

Games, karaoke & more than 15,000 video clips create a fun & festive atmosphere at this gay bar.

Lively Mexican restaurant creates a party vibe with drag shows & an extensive menu of margaritas.

Supper club run by drag queens has nightly live acts, a cafe menu, gospel brunch & kitschy decor.

LGBT hangout offering pints, growlers & kegs of house-brewed beer, plus stone-fired pizzas & wings.

Where to Go Out:

Featuring a full bar & DJ, this gay nightclub attracts energetic crowds looking to dance.

Relaxed gay bar with pool tables, a back patio, happy hours, & more.

Intimate gay bar featuring a pool table & nighttime events in a low-key atmosphere.

One of the city's first openly gay bars continues to draw crowds with large cocktails & a patio.

Gay-friendly locals' hangout boasts an easygoing vibe & a back patio with pool tables.

Where to Shop:

Independent queer and BIPOC owned bookshop in the heart of Barrio Logan!

Hillcrest's all inclusive clothing and accessory boutique nestled in the heart of the San Diego LGBTQ+ community!

SIR & SON men's fashion brand is for the masculine man that has a fun playful side.

Bright retailer stocking a broad range of fiction & non-fiction books for kids & adults.

What to Do:

Carla and Linda’s Walking Food Tours gives diners a small taste of a few local hits all in one curated session.

The beaches in La Jolla range from the wide sands of La Jolla Shores Beach to the small pocket beaches such as La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Children's Pool to the big surf along Windansea Beach.

The San Diego Museum of Art is a fine arts museum located at 1450 El Prado in Balboa Park in San Diego, California that houses a broad collection with particular strength in Spanish art.

Spend a few hours relaxing, sunbathing and sightseeing in the placid waters just off San Diego during this 1 or 2 hour San Diego Harbor cruise.

The San Diego Zoo is a zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, housing 4000 animals of more than 650 species and subspecies on 100 acres of Balboa Park leased from the City of San Diego.

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