Following the unfortunate closure of Vulcan Sauna in the city's Little Italy neighborhood, San Diego has just one gay bathhouse these days, Club San Diego.
Located at 3955 4th Avenue, Club San Diego is a popular and nicely-maintained facility in the center of the city's most LGBT-identified neighborhood, Hillcrest. It's also within a short walk of several San Diego gay bars, among them Urban Mo's, Martinis, and the long-running Brass Rail.
If you are a gay, bi, or straight male over the age of 18 who is visiting San Diego and want to enjoy the company of like-minded men while relaxing in a spa, Club San Diego is the place for you. However, if you're heading up the coast, be sure to check out the Los Angeles Gay Sex Club and Bathhouse Guide—you'll find many more options for cruising in the City of Angels.
Features of Club San Diego
Club San Diego is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and has all the typical features of a bathhouse. After having experienced a bit of a decline in reputation over the years, new owners have done a nice job revamping the club.
You'll find a full exercise area with a good selection of equipment, a steam room, large hot tub, the usual cruising showering areas, a pool table, common areas with TV monitors showing porn, and both lockers and private rooms.
Significant discounts and specials are offered on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays, and there are even vending machines with condoms, personal lubricant, male enhancement pills, and poppers available that accept cash and credit cards.
For a complete list of features and pricing for admission and membership to the Club, head over to Club San Diego's pricing website, which also lists hours of operation and weekly and daily specials.
Safety and Etiquette in Gay Bathhouses
The new ownership of Club San Diego is dedicated to keeping this gay bathhouse clean, drug-free, and safe for all of its patrons—whether or not they are members of the Club.
For this reason, it's important to keep several safety rules and etiquette tips in mind if it's your first time visiting a gay bathhouse.
After multiple reports of serious issues involving party drugs like methamphetamines, the Club has cracked down on these illicit substances by stationing security guards at the entrance to check guests for banned substances. Do not attempt to bring anything other than items like condoms, lubricants, and poppers (which are sold on site) into Club Dallas.
Knowing your STD status and playing safe are also important rules of etiquette when visiting establishments like Club San Diego, and fortunately, the Club offers free HIV testing on-site on select dates throughout the year as well as free condoms with every admission.
Always remember to be kind, courteous, and respectful to fellow patrons, and to ask for consent before engaging in any physical contact with other men. With Club San Diego's new renovations, you're sure to find a new friend on your next trip to San Diego's only gay bathhouse.