A while back, we received instructions from the suits to put together a set of lists of the ten best in several categories. As Gustavo explained , this is meant to make our already awesome Best Of applications even more awesome…er. One of the categories was gay bars, and we all stood around scratching our heads. Absent any actual experience of gay bars in Orange County, we consulted the experts—blowing our entire budget on gay bar research in the process—and today we're proud to welcome Greg Barnes of Laguna Niguel as a guest writer. Greg, take it away! Gay bars down here in the LBC and OC are quite a bit friendlier and more welcoming than their counterparts up in LA, whether you're gay or just a casual drinker looking for a local tipple.