It's no secret San Diego has the best weather. Each month we ask one of our favorite San Diegans:

What else makes this city great?

Dang Nguyen

Beast of Bourbon, Co-Owner,  Bar Pink,
Live: University Heights
Work: North Park
How Long: San Diego native

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in University Heights, and went to school all along Park Blvd — Birney Elementary, Roosevelt Jr. High and SDHS. It’s no coincidence that I moved back to UH to raise my family. There’s a little bit of irony in the fact that I was running the pool at the Lafayette a few years ago, after having been kicked out that pool on a regular basis as a kid. It’s also funny that my first bar job was at Live Wire, and it was a gay/leather biker bar when I was growing up.

What brought you to San Diego?
My family came to the US as refugees of the Vietnam war in April of 1975. We were airlifted out of Saigon just before the city fell. We actually got out before the US consulate, and were the first group of refugees at Camp Pendleton. I was 8 months old at the time, and had my first birthday in the barracks on base. Naturally, we ended up settling in San Diego.

Besides the weather, why do you continue to call San Diego home?
The ocean, desert, mountains, and Mexico are a few reasons.

I love to fish, especially on the ocean. I’m also a bit outdoorsy, and San Diego is a great point of departure for outdoor activities. Not only are there plenty of local opportunities to explore, but the whole Pacific coast, southwest, and Baja provide more than enough places to discover.