Nightlife & Dining

Ohio: Cleveland gay and drag scenes lament closing of iconic club Bounce

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The mainstreaming of gay culture has desegregated the nightlife, blurring the lines between a "gay" and "straight" club.

That's not to say there isn't a downside, as fans of Bounce discovered.

The iconic gay club – 2814 Detroit Ave., Cleveland – will close after a 13-year run. The last night is slated for Jan. 4.

Fans and even longstanding performers at Bounce – renowned for its drag and cabaret nights – learned of the closing suddenly on Wednesday, via Facebook.

December birthday? Celebrate Saturday night at Babycakes!

SAN DIEGO, California -- San Diego's Biggest Birthday Bash is back at Babycakes to celebrate December babies!

The monthly mass birthday celebration, presented by San Diego PIX, will be held Saturday, Dec. 20 from 8-10 pm.

This birthday party for adults includes a hosted vodka bar from 9-10 pm, free cupcakes, giveaways, party favors, drinks specials and free birthday "spankins" for anyone whose birthday falls in the month of December.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Holiday parties in Hillcrest

With Christmas being just one week away, bars and clubs throughout the gayborhood are gearing up for a final flurry of holiday parties. Here’s a run-down of what we have to look forward to this coming week:

Thursday, Dec. 18

10 pm: SDPIX presents HO HO HO WET with Tori Heart at Numbers

“Join SDPIX and Tori Heart for a festive rendition of your favorite WET underwear contest at our NEW LOCATION: NUMBERS NIGHTCLUB! …”

Friday, Dec. 19

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: Brett Henrichsen spins Overdrive at Spin

Overdrive at Spin Nightclub will be the place to be this Saturday night, as World Famous Masterbeat DJ Brett Henrichsen is coming to town!

San Diego named a Best Beer City

In recent decades, breweries have sprung up all over America – in towns big and small – evolving the art and science of brewing while enhancing their city’s livability. With this in mind, Livability.com has named San Diego a Best Beer City, 2014.

San Diego offers innovative and award-winning breweries, residents who consume beer at higher rates than the average American, sophisticated beer tastes and a high-quality of life for beer lovers.

Chef-driven restaurant closes in Hillcrest

SAN DIEGO, California -- In lamentable restaurant news, chef/owner Wade Hageman has shuttered his Hillcrest eatery. Hageman opened Blue Ribbon Rustic Kitchen, his third San Diego restaurant, last June with a menu focused on handmade pastas and sophisticated, seasonal food. Earlier this summer, Hageman and his wife Kristi rebranded the University Avenue restaurant, changing the name to Social Experiment bar + kitchen and downshifting the menu to a more moderately-priced, shareable format with a bigger cocktail component.

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Jim Winsor’s Out & About: WET moves to Numbers

The weekly WET contest is taking a leave of absence from Bourbon Street in University Heights. Starting tonight, it is moving down Park Boulevard to a new indoor winter location at Numbers (Numbers South, to be specific).

Everything else you know and love about WET remains the same: $2 well drinks all night, hot go-go boys, great DJs, dancing and perhaps most important of all: NO cover.

Irish PM goes for a drink in Dublin gay bar

DUBLIN, Ireland -- Ireland’s Taoiseach has visited a popular Dublin gay bar.

Head of government Enda Kenny – of the Fine Gael party – took time out from running the country on Tuesday to visit Pantibar – run by drag queen activist Panti Bliss.

It is thought to be the first time that an Irish head of government has ever (publicly) visited a gay bar, just 21 years after Ireland decriminalized homosexuality.

Ireland, by the way, will be voting on a referendum next year to legalize gay marriage. Polls predict that it will easily pass.

WET Thursdays moves to NUMBERS

SAN DIEGO, California -- WET Thursdays has a new home!

A Thursday night favorite, the crowds have flocked to the weekly WET contest for years, but beginning this week, the show will take place at NUMBERS Nightclub.

Presented by SDPIX, a team of rotating community celebrity hosts take the stage each week as contestants jump in the shower to compete for their share of over $600 in cash and prizes. The host for Thursday, Dec. 4 is the fabulous Miranda Wrights.

Showtime is 11 pm and the top three contestants are chosen by audience response.

Rich's and SDPIX present Active Duty with after-hours on Saturday night

SAN DIEGO, California -- To top-off the long Thanksgiving weekend, head to Rich's on Saturday night for SDPIX's Active Duty: The Military Party.

Active Duty is one of Rich's most popular events and will include music by DJs Nikno and Taj. Camo attire is encouraged and free Active Duty dog tags will be given out while supplies last.

Those currently serving in the armed forces get in free before 11 pm with valid military ID. Everyone else gets $5 off cover before 11 pm with SDPIX VIP sticker or by texting SDPIX MILITARY to 46786.

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