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fitandsolid Loves These Places
  • Comfy Cozy
    Blink, and you'll miss it. Grab a sleepy-eyed cup to go at the front counter, and you may still miss the interior charm of this tucked-away treasure. Those that have ventured all the way back to the sparkling clean restroom already know the appeal of the back patio and middle "parlor" areas. A small front patio is a tranquil alternative to the more bustling outdoor coffee options in Hillcrest. All this, and the coffee and customer service are very good too!

    June 18, 2014

  • Metrosexual
    When Ono Sushi occupied this space, it was 50/50 homo/hetero, and the new Uptown Tavern gets close to that ratio at times. Now that Gossip Grill has moved down the street, Uptown Tavern has a little competition with the patio seating on University (not to mention Sunday brunch). Live DJ's and unique menu choices enliven this chic bar/restaurant, which tends to have a great buzz of energy no matter what the mix of sexual orientation may be at the moment.
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    June 18, 2014

  • Not really gay, try Gaslamp (or Hillcrest...)
    Located downtown, east of the Gaslamp District, with a busy bus stop right outside the entrance, this seedy dive attracts all sorts of downtown drinkers, but rarely gays. Hustlers, maybe. Those not interested in traveling 3 miles to Hillcrest or North Park would do better to shuffle a few blocks over to the Gaslamp District, which is touristy and mostly hetero, but still more likely to host the scattered gays getting off work, celebrating with straight friends, or living downtown and exploring alternatives to that 3 mile trip...
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    May 28, 2014

  • It's Hill-CREST, after all
    It's nice to see the long-standing Crest Cafe still thriving after all these years. Whether stuffing your gut at breakfast, stopping in for late-night coffee and pie, or anything in between, Crest Cafe has been as reliable as City Deli was and Harvey Milk's now is. With its art deco vibe, cramped-yet-cozy crowds, and cherished Thanksgiving dinners, it seems to change with the times without changing much at all, including its name.

    May 23, 2014

  • ...keeping North Park gay
    Used to be, North Park rivaled Hillcrest in the number of gay bars and restaurants, but one by one, places like Bacchus House, Shooters, and the never-duplicated Wolf's were replaced with not unwelcome heterosexual microbrew lounges (i.e. True North) where gays can be found, but not significantly. The few stalwart LGBT survivors were similar neighborhood hangouts Redwing and The Eagle. Then along came the younger brother of the legendary Palm Springs asian-cuisine-with-overflowing-happy-hour. Although Wang's has a large, inviting bar, it's dwarfed by the gigantic restaurant area which used to house Big Lots. The food is PF Wang's, which isn't a bad thing, and besides, the atmosphere is what really sells this place. It's not nearly as gay as the original, and the bar hasn't yet attracted the shoulder-to-shoulder happy hour crowds navigated in Palm Springs, yet Wang's North Park is an overdue alternative to the mostly-straight urbanization of good ol' 30th and University.

    May 23, 2014

  • Top of the Brunch, too
    The relocated Top of the Park, which helpfully offered a shuttle to its transplanted Little Italy location, is a scaled-down remnant of its former self, but it's still just as fun. The view is only 4 floors up, not 7, and it's not a rooftop but a balcony/patio, and the view is not as far reaching, and there's no gay piano bar/restaurant on the ground floor. And yet, this charming brunch and tea dance space is upscale without too much pretension, preserving another endearing element of the happy hour's history at Park Manor Suites. It also offers a gay option west of I-5 for the first time since Moby Dick's closed. Thank goodness some traditions don't die; they just move to Little Italy.

    May 23, 2014

  • fitandsolid gave * to 1202
    Same great patio...
    In all its incarnations since it changed to Universal from eyesore purple-bathhouse-turned video store, the patio has been the highlight of this space. The dance floor always has been large enough, with lights and sound system potential to rival Rich's across the street, yet it never gets the crowded, pulsing, danceaholic vibe of its long-running competition. The patio, however, has been great as a brunch space for Eden, and as a happy-hour and later outdoor bar for 1202. If they can't get the main space hopping and have to change ownership, bet on the patio pulling its weight once again. For now, have a few drinks before dancing at Rich's, Mo's, or Montage nights at Spin.

    May 20, 2013

  • Newest member of Mo's/Baja/Gossip family
    Timing is everything. Hillcrest Brewing Company, billed as the first gay-owned microbrewery, opened at the height of the success of the trio of Urban Mo's, Baja Betty's, and Gossip Grill, and at the same time San Diego turned adjacent Blaine Ave into Harvey Milk Street and planted a giant Pride Flag at the corner of Normal and University. There wasn't a gayer block in the USA during that month of June 2012. And the Mo's free trolley quickly added HBC to its route, allowing those finished with and/or ready to enjoy signature crafted beers and square pizzas to bar-hop with ease. This is a casual, mixed environment with a larger patio than most. One request: more "bar food" options, even if it's only mixed nuts and chips. I mean, the pizza and salads are great, but...
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    July 13, 2012

  • Still feels like Hamburger Mary's
    Like many gay restaurant/bars around the country that changed their name from the once-popular Hamburger Mary's franchise, Rosie's continues to provide the ambience associated with that fading chain (still found in Palm Springs, and a few other places). The outdoor patio is only slightly more tropical than the indoor area, which is very open and breezy. Drinks are humorous, clever, and strong. Food is average to above-average, but no one cares because it's the relaxing, fun, people-watching atmosphere that keeps them coming here (which is why it works better during the day than at night, when many go elsewhere). Sundays are great whether one wants to watch sports on all the flat-screen TV's, get plastered at the plentiful bar stools, or consume buckets of beer with their brunch or lunch on the patio. It's possible to cruise and meet someone here as well, though that's not the focus, which may explain the slightly-more-than-average number of women here when compared to other Wilton Manor gay establishments.

    January 25, 2012

  • Mini-Manor
    Boom is as close as any Wilton Manors club can come to the sprawling complex known as The Manor just down the street. Although Boom doesn't have as big a space, dancefloor, or crowd (most nights), the slightly smaller scale actually helps make it seem more accessible and enjoyable. It's well-designed, with an upper area looking down on the dance floor, two completely different types/eras of music usually playing in the segregated areas, and some great theme nights, especially Sunday's retro disco celebration, which eschews most of the obvious YMCA and Flashdance choices for more obscure chestnuts of the late 70s/early 80s that will make those who lived during that time smile with alcohol-assisted nostalgia as they dance the night away. If Georgie's Alibi or Bill's Filling Station aren't satisfying at any particular moment, this is a great third option in the same block, and there's some quick, delicious pizza available at Humpty's next door if you want a quick energy bite between bars instead of a sit-down dining experience. Boom is a welcome addition to the gayest shopping plaza in Wilton Manors.

    January 25, 2012

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