Santa Barbara is very much a favorite couples destination. Still, it's a low-keyed, socially liberal part of the world, and the staff at bars and restaurants throughout the region are quite used to seeing same-sex couples. The region's most energetic nightlife hub is downtown, especially along or within a block of lower State Street. There aren't any specifically gay bars, but you'll see a smattering of lesbians and gay guys at most lounges and dance clubs. For a musical night out, check the schedule of the Fratelli Men's Chorus, a gay men's chorus that performs throughout the year. Some of the most charming and atmospheric places to savor drinks are the lounges at upscale Santa Barbara hotels e.
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The San Diego gay nightlife scene manages that rare balance between being remarkably friendly and also rife with beautiful people—it's pretty much a reflection of this sunny Southern California city. Gay bars have also been pretty stable here over the years, with the most popular hangouts going strong for a couple of decades. Most gay bars are in the trendy Hillcrest neighborhood, just northeast of Balboa Park and a short drive or cab ride from downtown.