About Number One

As one of the oldest gay dive bars still operating in Hillcrest, #1 Fifth Avenue holds a special place in the heart of the neighborhood and San Diego. For nearly 40 years, #1 Fifth Avenue has stood tall and proud during the test of time while always maintaining its culture and history.

Number One continues to strive and has always been a place where diversity is welcomed, friendships flourish, drinks are excellent and where people can relax, have fun and feel safe!

#1 Fifth Avenue has also been a constant recipient of numerous awards throughout the years; including “Best Gay Bar” and “Best Neighborhood Bar” each year.

In July 2019, #1 was purchased by a new trio (Brian, Kevin & Stefan) who have loved the bar and have been regular patrons for years. The new ownership is looking forward to carry on #1 legacy of being San Diego’s gay dive bar and improving customer experience whilst not taking away the essence of the iconic institution.

Staff

Brian H.

Brian H.

Manager

What year did you start working at #1?
2019

What do you do at #1?
General Manager and Jack of all trades

Favorite quote?
”No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Favorite drink?
Beer especially lagers and pilsners

What do you like about working at #1?
All different events, meeting people and connecting with the community.

Gregory "Cairo" Reiland

Gregory "Cairo" Reiland

Security Manager

What year did you start working at #1?
2019

What do you do at #1?
Security Manager

Favorite quote?
“Never set a limit for yourself, Nothing can stop a man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goals, nothing on earth can help a man with the wrong mental attitude.” -Thomas Jefferson

Favorite Drink?
White Russian

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
Socializing with the patrons.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Exercising, flying drones, spending time with my dog, listening to music, traveling

Hector

Hector

Bartender / Barback

How long have you worked at #1?
2019

What do you do at #1?
Charley work (Bartender/Barback)

Favorite quote?
“I don’t know how many years on this earth I got left, but I’m gonna get real weird with it’.’

Favorite Drink?
Fight milk and wolf cola

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
Free food people leave behind and milk-steak.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Philanthropist, Magnet & ghoul enthusiast.

Ian

Ian

Barback

What year did you start working at #1?
2019

What do you do at #1?
Barback

Favorite quote?
“Live mas-taco bell.”

Favorite Drink?
Tequila

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
The thing I like the most is that #1 although a small bar comes with big energy. I like the fast past environment the fun guest we bring in and all my coworkers!

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Lifting big weights! Skating the lot and eating.

Joey

Joey

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
2004

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote?
“Real integrity is doing the right thing knowing no one is going to know you did it or not ~ Oprah Winfrey

Favorite Drink?
Cadillac Margarita

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
I like meeting new people from all walks of life and chatting it up with all my regular customers and hearing about there lives.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
I love cooking, hiking, biking, scuba, travel, swimming, music, movies, reading.

Neil

Neil

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
Too long ago to remember…

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did” – Mark Twain

Favorite Drink?
A drink depends on where I am, a Sazerac in New Orleans, a beer on the beach in Puerto Vallarta and a Bloody Mary at the airport (regardless of time) are good examples!

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
You can’t have this job without enjoying social interaction, particularly I enjoy playing travel guide to out of town visitors. San Diego is a beautiful travel destination!

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies? I enjoy almost anything outdoors. Hiking, camping, skiing or a day at the beach are equally appreciated. Exploring places I have never been is the best!

Oscar

Oscar

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?:
2012, started as a barback and later became a bartender.

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote? 
““Don’t worry be happy.” A quote My dad used to say to me growing up.

Favorite Drink?
French 75, great drink for spring and summer.

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
I enjoy meeting new people, creating bonds and developing friendships.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Some of my hobbies include, photography, going to music festivals, musicals and taking long drives to clear the mind.

Ricky

Ricky

Security

What year did you start working at #1?
Halloween 2019 – My favorite costume from that night was this woman dressed up from The Birds.

What do you do at #1?
I work security. You know, the fly on the wall with my secret eyes–making sure everyone has a fun time comfortably and safely. Say hey what’s up when you see me.

Favorite quote?
“Whatever happens, happens.”

Favorite Drink?
After my Sopranos-inspired White Russian kick, I’ve been drinking Salty Dogs, and an occasional mezcal margarita with a sugar rim. I know. It’s pretty extra. Even more extra, I’m advocating to get hard kombucha in the bar. Pretty sure I’m the lone wolf on this one. 🐺

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
This may sound like a stock answer, but I love the people I work with and the people who come into the bar. People bring me food, talk, dance, perform, bring their dogs, introduce music to me, give me advice on a medical career, etc. Friends have become family.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
I enjoy learning, and as a student, enjoying what you learn helps. Planning on getting into nursing or fire. I am trying to get in better shape again, eat healthier. Any chance to go swimming, I’m there. I’ve been on a hiking kick lately. I enjoy martial arts, boxing, and kickboxing too. I’m also really into esoteric diets, food and drink. So
I plan on making my own jun or green tea fermented kombucha, and I make my own bone broth. If I had more hours in a day, I’d do a lot more. Oh yeah I’m kind of a Pocahontas atheist, so I try to get what my spirit and mine need before the credits roll. Mostly getting out of civilization and into nature as often as possible, even if I do enjoy to party.

Sam

Sam

Security

What year did you start working at #1?
2016

What do you do at #1?
Security

Favorite quote?
“They say your brain’s most creative in your sleep. See they say, in the sleep state the brain thinks much more visually and intuitively. As dream chasers, we accomplish that wide awake, as dream chasers, we consider ourselves a creative upper class. When it comes to ideas, we’re just in a different tax bracket, we decide to share the wealth again, care to join us?

Favorite Drink?
Courvoisier on the rocks with 2 ice cubes

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
That everyone that comes in is considered family and they always leave with a smile and great energy.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Meditation, sports and building my legacy.

TJ

TJ

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
2015

What do you do at #1?
Bartend, but my fb says “Bar Wench.”

Favorite quote?
“After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Favorite Drink?
Vodka soda

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
I love being able to be so connected to the amazing community I live in and love so much!

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
I love to travel and be outdoors, beaches, hikes, camping, or anything with my babe Ben 😉

Tracy

Tracy

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
2017

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote?
“Teamwork makes the dream work’.’

Favorite Drink?
Tito’s & Soda

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
Staying connected to the Hillcrest community.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
Traveling, hiking and getting outside.

Travis

Travis

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1? 
2016

What do you do at #1? 
Bartender

Favorite quote? 
“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

Favorite Drink? 
Margarita

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue? 
My favorite part of #1 are the regulars and the staff. I feel like I’m coming to see my family when I come to work.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
I love being outside camping and traveling. Do what you love and you’ll never work a day In your life.

Valorus

Valorus

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
2018

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote?
“If I can teach you anything, it is to identify the stressful thoughts that you’re believing and to question them, to get still enough so that you can hear your own answers.”

“Stress is the gift that alerts you to your asleepless.”

“Feeling like anger or sadness exist only to alert you to the fact that you’re believing your own stories” – Byron Katie

Favorite Drink?
Tequila soda with splash of grapefruit

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
I like the ability to connect with customers. #1 by far has been the best job I’ve ever had. Its a fun environment to work in. I am grateful to have a team that support and love each other.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
I like yoga, hiking, reading books. Highly interested in self development. Cultivating friendships and connections with the people that are important to me.

Zach

Zach

Bartender

What year did you start working at #1?
2019

What do you do at #1?
Bartender

Favorite quote?
“Not all who wander are lost.”

Favorite Drink? 
Screwball chilled

What do you like about working at #1 on Fifth Avenue?
I love been part of the neighbourhood.

What do you enjoy doing when your not working/hobbies?
In my free time you can catch me on a plane going somewhere tropical