Overpriced drinks and pseudo-exclusive guest lists have finally arrived in Hillcrest, San Diego's main gayborhood. A new bar/restaurant complex named Universal just opened, and we gave it a spin Saturday night.
It's safe to say that Rex and I were the only ones in the crowd wearing plaid flannel. We spent the first part of the night sipping $10 drinks next to a fire pit until the contraption malfunctioned and spit up a flame-ball that singed the hair of a nearby fashionista.We weren't sure what the hospital bed was all about until a couple of sexy/naughty "nurses" in skimpy Spandex uniforms jumped into it.
The place features a high-end look rarely found outside the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego's trendy downtown entertainment area.
While it's not the kind of place where we would hang out, I'm sure plenty of people will enjoy the bar. The best part for us was the take-out pizza joint located next door. The slices were good, and the prices were pretty cheap.