Vibrant, eclectic, and endlessly entertaining, the Gaslamp Quarter covers more than 16 city blocks of downtown San Diego, ... More
Vibrant, eclectic, and endlessly entertaining, the Gaslamp Quarter covers more than 16 city blocks of downtown San Diego, with hundreds of specialty shops and dozens of trendy restaurants, bars and avant-garde playhouses. Most of the shops keep late hours, so delightful shopping, drinking, and dining can occur virtually simultaneously. Cutting-edge women's fashions elbow up against exclusive art galleries, while nearby is a hardware store founded more than 100 years ago. The San Diego Convention Center is just steps away from the Gaslamp, and during major conventions the flow of souvenir-hunting attendees floods the area. For an upscale shopping mall experience, the adjacent Horton Plaza offers major department stores and a hundred or so mall shops set in an architecturally amusing maze of bridges, stairways, and intricately tiled walls. If you have just a few hours to devote to shopping - or San Diego itself - spend the time and the money here. Credit card acceptance varies by business.
The food is a bit pricey but on Friday and Saturday nights after around 11pm the place gets packed. There's a 10$ cover fee, unless you eat something (i suggest the Slider Burgers) and bring your receipt back (because then its free). There's 3 dance floors all with separate DJs. 18+ on the first dance floor, 21+ on the other two, and the 3rd dance floor is under an open roof. Definitely a place to visit if you're into the dance scene.
i love San Diego gaslamp its such a blast! i had my twenty- first birthday at the three most fun and amazing clubs and stayed the night at one of the most beautifull luxurious hotels! everything is within walking distence its great you dont have to wory about driving when you are drinking! Its an awesome place for young people and for people who are young at heart!
We enjoyed the atmosphere and the people were friendly. Especially enjoyed Dublin Square Pub. Guinness on draft and Irish dishes were the greatest! We also visisted Hooters, Hard Rock Cafe and a tequila bar near Dublins. Had a great time everywhere! Restaurant/Pub staff were outstanding and interacted with us. Most of the time we were in groups, but on a couple of occasions, my wife and I ventured out "on our own" and had a great time. My only "complaint" if you will, was the fact that I wanted to purchase a shot glass from House of Blues. It was 3:45 and they didn't open until 4:00. Although the store staff were there, I was told to come back in 15 minutes. I did not get the shot glass. Some prices were rather high, but we expected that, so it was not an issue for us. We enjoyed a Sunday afternoon baseball game at Petco Park, which is within walking distance of our hotel. We plan on a return trip to San Diego in the near future and will definitely stay in or near the Gaslamp district. The Gaslamp district is what you make it. There's no pleasing some people. However, I would agree that it's probably not a good place to take children.
humm... its a place fulfilled with bars, lounge and night club. Not much things to look or do other than Eat!!the retail stores close at around 9:30pm..its not really a place for me but maybe for you!!
Great place to hang out and meet people! You can also get any type of food your lil heart desires in this area. There are also a lot of neat shops to check out.
I would recommend this place for adults though. I would not take my young childern in this area on a Saturday night.
Had a great time hoppin from one place 2 the next.
I have lived in San Diego for 6 years. You can pretty much go downtown to Gaslamp and find interesting things going on Thursday through Sunday night. I highly recommend Henry's Pub located on Fifth. It is usually jam-packed in there on Saturday Nights. The same can be said for "Whiskey Girl's" and "The Field" Irish Bar. During the summer, the Gaslamp can get wild especially after the Padre's games let out. Very attractive women usually come out around 10PM. If you go during the day, Horton Plaza is a great place to shop. However parking gets expensive, and drinks are overpriced at most bars. Overall, I have alot of good memories of this place.
Monsoon, Croce, and Ghirardelli was the best. Don't bother taking cabs around, the rental cars are so cheap through Enterprise, $23/day. Monsoon had a very nice Indian buffet and Croce had a nice jazz band. We returned the next evening to share a hot fudge sundae at Gharadelli.
First, I live in San Diego and work in the Gaslamp.
Gaslamp is a great place for a lot of things, but Union Square, Times Square, Las Vegas Strip, it is not. The Gaslamp Quarter runs along Fifth Avenue from the Convention Center by the Bay up to Broadway St., about 13 blocks. In this area, you can find a multitude of restaraunts, clubs, furniture galleries, shops, multiple playhouses, and a movie theater. Horton Plaza, a large multi-level mall, is located adjacent to the Quarter. Gaslamp also hosts most of San Diego's historic buildings.
In the greater Downtown area, the San Diego Symphony has its home, there are more playhouses, the Embarcadero is a wonderful park/mall/tourist trap that actually does have ambiance and a number of tasty restaurants with awesome views of the Bay. Whale watching excursions leave from the piers at the foot of Broadway, as well.
Gaslamp is situated between Balboa Park (home of the Zoo, a number of museums, and an all around great park), the CBD, the Convention Center and Bay, and Petco Park (home of the Padres).
Gaslamp sepcifically (and Downtown in general) is a great place to stay on vacation, as there are numerous hotels. The hotels range from the vey luxurious US Grant to the ultra-modern Omni to the party-atmosphere Ivy to the multiple budget-friendly Motel 6 and Best Westerns. In addition to plentiful accomodations, it is centrally located in the City and County, and easily accessible to the Airport, the major freeways (I-5, SR-163, I-15, I-8), and major atractions such as Sea World, Mission Beach, Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach, etc. The main train station is located in Downtown, as is the cruise ship terminal.
Parking is only an issue if you aren't used to going to downtown areas of large cities. There is plenty of parking - if you are willing to pay. San Diegans in general are resistant to paying for parking even at meters, much less having to pay $1 an hour at a garage on a weekday evening.
An easy way to get around (besides your own two feet) are the pedi-cabs. The carriers know the town and can help you get places easily and recommend things you might like.
The Quarter can get rowdy in the evenings, but that is part of the allure for the younger set. If you wanted to drink in silence, you would go to a dive or your neighborhood TGI Fridays, right?
If you are travelling on a budget, there are a few hostels located in the Gaslamp, as well as a few more in the greater Dowtown area.
There are several events that Gaslamp and Downtown host annually, such as a very popular Mardi Gras festival and parade, the 5x5 block party (Cinco de Mayo), the prestigous San Diego Film Festival at the classy Pacific Theatres Gaslamp 15, the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con, a number of annual fund-raising marathons, the "Haunted Trail" at Balboa Park for Halloween, and many, many more.
In general, San Diego is a great place to visit (and live if you can afford it!).
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