For more than 75 years, the very convivial White Horse Inn bar
(6551 Telegraph Ave.
, 510-652-3820) has served the gay and lesbian community of the Bay Area, catering to college students from nearby U Cal Berkeley, visiting queers from across the Bay Bridge in San Francisco, and regular Janes and Joes in the grittier city of Oakland. The still-festive bar is in Oakland, in fact, although often misidentified as being in Berkeley, since it sits right by the border. These days it keeps busy by holding a variety of cool theme nights. It also has a delightful patio area, perfect on a warm evening.