The San Diego Gaslamp Quarter is a must visit destination while in San Diego, California. The Gaslamp Quarter is a 16½ block historical neighborhood in downtown San Diego. The name “Gaslamp” is in reference to the gas lamps that were common in San Diego in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The area is listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places and includes 94 historic buildings. Its main period of development began in 1867 when Alonzo Horton bought the land in hopes of creating a new city center closer to the bay and chose 5th Avenue as its main street. The area now boasts over 200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs and lounges, and countless boutiques, art galleries and shops. The Gaslamp has definitely established itself both as the playground of hip, eclectic San Diegans and as an elite urban destination. Discover the festive spirit of San Diego’s legendary historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Dine anytime at Brians 24
The story of Brians 24 starts in 2008 when a father (Steve) and a son (Brian) began a drive around the Gaslamp Quarter in search of the next family business venture. Being San Diego natives, Steve and Brian knew exactly what Downtown was missing, an all-hours restaurant where you could get good comfort food anytime, day or night.
Featuring a copper-clad open kitchen and a beautiful, historic “Joan Crawford” mahogany bar that’s combined with the beveled glass window wall and crystal chandelier, Brians 24 creates an enchanting ambiance. Whether you want dinner or breakfast at 2 am after a night of dancing, Brians 24 has the comfort food your craving
Cafe Sevilla Dinner Shows and Nightlife
Get a taste of Spanish dancing, dining, and nightlife at Cafe Sevilla in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Home to the longest running Flamenco Dinner show in Southern California. On the street level is their outstanding tapas bar which is always busy and a lot of fun.
Downstairs is where all the fun is. Every Saturday night, they offer a three-course dinner menu combined with a two-part Flamenco Dance performance. These shows are a sensory indulgence of sight, sound, and taste, leaving guests with a piece of truly Spanish culture. Stay after the show at their nightclub for music, dancing, and fun!
There are eight floors—yes, eight floors!—where you will find every pretty thing you’ve ever imagined, from diamond necklaces to gold watches to gemstone rings and more. The choices are endless! You can also select from loose stones and have a bauble custom created for you. There are also jewelry repair and appraisal services. So treat yourself to a “grown-up” souvenir—visit the San Diego Jewelers Exchange.
Take a Tour of a Different Kind
WE LOVE TOURISTS! Whether you are visiting the magnificent city or a resident they guarantee that their amazing Segway, Ebike tours, and walking tours will give you an experience of San Diego that you have never had before!
Or take a GoCar San Diego tour and experience the city from a local’s perspective or choose your own adventure and blaze your own trail. From all-day excursions to short trips, GoCar Tours is an experience you will cherish forever in a city you’ll never forget. GoCar is San Diego “The cure for the common Tour”® Put away your guidebooks and fold up those maps!
Check out “RabbitVille”
The Gaslamp Quarter Association in conjunction with Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe has collaborated for the 150th-anniversary celebration with the installation of 15 fiberglass rabbit statues in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. 150 years ago, the area that is now the Gaslamp Quarter was jokingly nicknamed “Rabbitville” after its chief inhabitants. One of our favorites is “Rudy” designed by Steven Van. Inspired by the history of both San Diego, he painted the Yuma building and the Louis Bank of Commerce in each ear of Rudy. Sponsored by one of America’s favorite beverages, he also painted the evolution of the beverage bottle!
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