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San Diego's Vulcan Steam and Sauna Closed

After 37 years, the Vulcan is no longer. It's the end of an era. Too bad. I liked it there--a great place to get away from the world for up to 12 hours at a time. Fun, clean and in a safe area. Great outdoor patio to lay out naked. The last of one of the great bathhouses.

It didn't go out of business but rather the owner decided to sell the property which is located in Little Italy downtown. There was an offer made for the land which was too much to refuse.

by Anonymousreply 6008/02/2014

Great place. Love the Vulcan. Damn. Where am I going to have sex now?

I don't do the Internet for sex. You end up wasting so much time all night online--and you still don't hook up.

by Anonymousreply 104/23/2013

This is...illogical.

by Anonymousreply 204/23/2013


by Anonymousreply 404/23/2013

:::Anonymous sex is never "fun," "clean" or "safe." Try harder next time, dear.:::

Let's see, once in San Diego for a conference I took a shower at the Vulcan with a businessman and we went back to his room where we massaged each other and jerked each other off. It was fun, clean and safe.

Another visit I spent an hour talking about books in the outdoor hot tub with a hairy chested married Marine officer who was one of the handsomest men I ever saw. We made out, sucked each other's cock, stroked ourselves off into each other's chest fur. Fun, clean and safe. We learned each other's first name's though, so maybe that makes a whole world of difference to you, r3?

I only visited those two times on two trips. I liked it a lot and have never forgotten that outdoor hot tub.

by Anonymousreply 504/23/2013

R5 probably had more sex in those two visits than r3 has had in two decades.

by Anonymousreply 604/23/2013

The permacum coated wood flooring of the sauna is being cut up into small blocks that will be sold as plaques to raise funds for an HRC banquet. There will special plaques autographed by Eric Nies as a memorial to the many hours he spent in their sauna when he hosted The Grind.

by Anonymousreply 804/23/2013

I'm still trying to figure out OP's assertion that this place that is no longer in business did not go out of business.

by Anonymousreply 1004/23/2013

[quote]for up to 12 hours at a time

No way.

by Anonymousreply 1104/23/2013

R10. OP here. The Vulcan didn't "go out of business," meaning that it didn't close due to lack of clientele or bankruptcy.

The owner (Frank) decided to sell the property. He owned it outright--and was a longtime owner and many people knew him. He's not elederly, but he just decided to pack it in. He also served on the Little Italy business association downtown where The Vulcan is located. The owner's original other partners/investors are no longer around. There were no gay bathhouse buyers. But the owner just decided to sell via a real estate sale.

Again, The Vulcan is located adjacent to Little Italy downtown. It's an area that has been revitalized and renovated in recent years. The land/property will probably be developed into condos, retail, restaurant, etc. So yes, techinically, The Vulcan is no longer in business. But it didn't die due to bankruptcy or mismanagement. The owner decided to sell for the reasons I've explained above.

by Anonymousreply 1204/23/2013

Yes, R11. You could stay at the Vulcan for up to 12 hours per visit. And within that 12 hours, you could even leave for one hour to get something to eat at local restaurants and not have to pay another admission fee upon your return. Although there were vending machines on the premises if you needed a snack during your stay.

by Anonymousreply 1304/23/2013

r15 = Contrary Mary.

by Anonymousreply 1604/23/2013

You're not winning any semantics debate here, OP. If a business is no longer "in business," then it's "out of business."

by Anonymousreply 1704/23/2013

R14 I think there's another bathhouse in Hillcrest.

by Anonymousreply 1804/23/2013

The last gay bathhouse in San Diego: 'Club San Diego' on Fourth Avenue in Hillcrest. But it's nowhere as pleasant as The Vulcan, which will be sadly missed.

by Anonymousreply 1904/24/2013

Baths are so 70s. How revolting.

by Anonymousreply 2104/24/2013

R20. Aqua Day Spa is not gay friendly any longer. Mr. Choi is always looking to catch guys playing. He's now removed a portion of the frosted glass in the relaxation room to more easily see if guys are stroking their cocks.

And he's removed the wood covering on the sauna window so now anyone can just see into the sauna. Mr. Choi has taken a nice relaxing place where the lowkey gay activity that went on was discrete and harmless. And he's turned Aqua Day Spa into an uncomfortable Big Brother. The Spa used to be a comfortable place for both gay and straight men to hang out together naked. But no longer.

I am boycotting Aqua Day Spa--as are other guys--and we will not be returning until privacy is restored. If things don't return to the way they were, then the Spa will be hurt financially.

by Anonymousreply 2304/24/2013

R3, go to hell you ignorant judgmental turd. Seriously. What the fuck is wrong with you, you complete and total asshat?

by Anonymousreply 2404/24/2013

Vulcan is closed?!?!?! I was going to visit for the first time earlier this month but was too busy while I was in San Diego! I'm pissed, where will I go to fuck some ass now?

by Anonymousreply 2504/24/2013

R21, R22. Grow the fuck up.

by Anonymousreply 2604/24/2013

There used to be a small place called Dave's in the Point Loma area that was popular with Marines and Navy guys. I think it closed a longtime ago.

by Anonymousreply 2704/24/2013

There were usually a few Marines at Vulcan.

by Anonymousreply 2804/24/2013

Where can I find horny, naked marines now? Other than in submarines. lolz

by Anonymousreply 2904/24/2013

For some reason, I misread the topic as "The Vatican's Steam and Sauna Closed"

by Anonymousreply 3004/24/2013

Interesting. The most recent reviewer on Yelp said that there was a rampant meth problem there. This is from Nov. '12. If true, I wonder if that played into the decision to sell. Maybe the owner got tired of dealing with it.

by Anonymousreply 3104/24/2013

It must have been an incredibly furtive life for gays back then in 60s and 70s, scurrying off in the dark to bath houses to find companionship. It all seems so dark and dirty now in the light of 2013. Did you elders ever imagine the world would change this way so quickly?

by Anonymousreply 3204/25/2013

Bath-houses were fun. You youngsters don't know what you're missing.

by Anonymousreply 3304/25/2013

R31. Drugs were not a problem at the Vulcan. I was there plenty; they weren't an issue. That comment on Yelp may have just been anecdotal pertaining to an incident or two that may have happened and which can happen anywhere. One of the issues with the owner was maintenance and upkeep of the place. The Vulcan was quite well maintained, but there are always things that need tending for a business that operates 24/7, e.g., plumbing issues, jacuzzi, patio, carpeting, etc.

The owner and his staff did a great job keeping the place running for 39 years. But the owner was getting older, and he decided to wind down and take it easy. And when the real estate agent came with an offer to sell the property, the owner decided to call it a day--and the end of an era.

One of the difficulties nowadays is that the city of San Diego is reluctant to grant permits for a new gay bathhouse to be built in another location (there is still Club San Diego in Hillcrest) due to neighborhood zoning and downtown becoming a more desirable place to live, work and go to school. It's too bad. The Vulcan was a San Diego institution for the gay community. The owner was well liked and respected and continues to serve on the Little Italy Business Association, the location of The Vulcan.

by Anonymousreply 3404/25/2013

R32, R33...Say what you want about bathhouses. You don't know what you're missing. They can be fun. They can help provide a little geataway for a couple of hours sex or no sex. And as long as you play safely, you'll be fine and safe.

I like the Internet as much as anyone, but you meet jack shit sitting on the computer all night. At a bathhouse you actually meet a real live person--and it doesn't take all night.

by Anonymousreply 3504/25/2013

[quote]Where can I find horny, naked marines now? Other than in submarines. lolz

You won't find marines in submarines.

by Anonymousreply 3604/25/2013

No huge shock.

I mean it got blown up in the last movie.

by Anonymousreply 3704/25/2013

The last time I went to Vulcan was in 03 or 04. Back then it was a run down business where it seemed to be a health hazard just to look at the interior. Everything was stained and grimey. And the guys were usually beyond fifty with big bellies. It was the go to place if you were into daddies and bears. Did that change since then?

by Anonymousreply 3804/25/2013

Now, now, R38, that's what these people think is hot. Who are we to argue? It is simply unfortunate that their revelry was accompanied by bouts of ringworm.

by Anonymousreply 3904/25/2013

R38...The Vulcan was not run down. It was well maintained. It wasn't brand new, but it was in good shape and clean--and no, it wasn't stained and grimey in the least. The crowd ran the gamut from young to older.

by Anonymousreply 4004/25/2013

I want a bathhouse revival all over the country. You can't meet anyone on the goddamn Internet.

by Anonymousreply 4104/25/2013

[quote]Vulcan was not run down. It was well maintained.

Agreed. Now Cardassia Prime, OTOH, was a real shithole!

by Anonymousreply 4204/25/2013

Bathouses? never understood the appeal. What we need is more college glory holes.

by Anonymousreply 4304/25/2013

I too have been going to vulcan for years now. And i too had many a fun time. Sometimes it was with sex, others it as just talking openly with other men about gay, bi or other issues intelligently. I always practiced safe sex and never caught even a sniffle. I hope the old owner will try to open a new location somewhere. Club san diego not only is nowhere near the nice atmosphere as vulcan. the parking is ridiculously bad during the day. and located in the heart of hillcrest, so during pride week it is even worse.

by Anonymousreply 4605/21/2013

I suspect the Andorians are behind this.

by Anonymousreply 4705/21/2013

So I went there before. The last time was over a year ago. I'm 28 now and I was the hottest guy there. And....I rate myself at a firm 6. I will say that it was clean and not disgusting. I had gone, I think 4 times ever, and there was only once that there was someone better looking.

Club SD makes me want to puke. This place doesn't appeal to me because I dont do meth which seems to be a big problem there. I over heard a guy say that he couldn't get it up because he was tweeking too hard.

Aqua Day Spa is not meant for sex. I heard someone say that they wanted more privacy to fuck in but that isn't what the point of that place is. Some people just get away with it.

Vulcan: Fat, Old, Fairly unattractive peeps ClubSD: A Tweeker Shit hole. Aqua Day Spa: Non-sexual bath house.

I shouldn't talk because I have been to these locations, but maybe peeps should try to fuck in such a desperate manner. I mean at Club SD you genuinely feel like you may have caught something. So maybe get out in the real world make a friend. Or you can just go to CL like the rest of them.

by Anonymousreply 4806/26/2013

I worked at the Vulcan in the later part of the 90s. It was a great opportunity and experience working there as I met so many nice people. Frank and Rich were good guys. I will never forget. -paul

by Anonymousreply 4910/16/2013

Back in the mid 70's I was stationed in Riverside area and would come to San Diego for fun weekends - the Vulcan was always on the list. Transferred over the years but always stopped at the Vulcan when in the area - enjoyed relaxing there, meeting people and just a good experience. Always the first stop from the airport - hot tub and sauna for tired muscles.

Will be in San Diego in Jan - will miss the stop with it being closed. Was in the Hillcrest place several times over the years and never liked for some reason. Always hoped it would get better.

Vulcan gone, another passing in time.

by Anonymousreply 5011/09/2013

Haven't been to one in a few years but for me and then in Europe mostly, bath houses were an extraordinary experience.

In the good ones, how luxurious places they were - gleamingly clean, friendly and sex-friendly, luxurious places to socialize and fuck.

Cafeterias, bars, gyms, saunas, steam rooms, sundecks, jacuzzis, swimming pools, live music and shows, porn, live sex shows, rooms, mazes, safe sex teach-ins, and your pick of men... the good ones had them all.

I wonder if any such spaces for indulgent hedonism have existed since Imperial Rome.

Grindr is a sad, isolating come-down.

by Anonymousreply 5111/09/2013

TOO SAD I LOVED the Vulcan, even though some guy stuck his big toe up my ass in the jacuzzi.

by Anonymousreply 5212/16/2013

I want to add my regret that the Vulcan has closed. I am now in my 40s, but I went every time I was in San Diego for many years. Though I am older, I alway for some reason found young guys to play with. I was just thinking of making a trip down from Portland specifically to go to the Vulcan. Very sorry to read that it's closed.

by Anonymousreply 5312/20/2013

Was the entrance guarded by T'Pau, carried in on a litter by musclemen wearing helmets? if you complained about the steam, would she intone magisterially, "The air is the air"?

by Anonymousreply 5412/20/2013


by Anonymousreply 5512/21/2013

I've just found out about this. Well, it's the end of an era. I moved away from the San Diego area in 1995, but I had some great times as a twentysomething, gay man at the Vulcan.

by Anonymousreply 5612/22/2013

I have a mental image of these "new gays" who find many of our most unique and fun activities repugnant, how they look and sound, and it isn't good at all.

by Anonymousreply 5712/22/2013

You need to show less effort if you're going to try out the condescending card, r57. Keep practicing.

by Anonymousreply 5812/22/2013

The Vulcan was "safe" for me and my deformed T-cells that will not let HIV attatch to them. But then the Club SD on 4th ave. is just as safe, and I have had BB sex with countless beautiful men there, even one who looked EXACTLY like Mario Lopez. There was one who I know was not Brad Pitt, because he had a much better body !

by Anonymousreply 5908/02/2014

If anyone needs a Vulcan steam cleaning, it's a Cardassian. What slobs.

by Anonymousreply 6008/02/2014
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