Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego

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San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 233-5227
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    Gaslamp Quarter: Check out Lux & Fun Gaslamp Night Spots

    by marinarena Updated Jun 13, 2015

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    Gaslamp is growing with its lux entertainment. If you don't like the grungy dives of the area and prefer elegant dining, check out these venues listed below.

    Premier Venues:
    Make reservations here for VIP, tables and other seating.




    Dress Code: Bring a jacket with chic outift. It gets freakin' cold at night in SD!

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    Gaslamp Quarter: lots of people and activities

    by machomikemd Updated Sep 17, 2014

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    the gaslamp quarter is lively at night as this is the main center of Commercial Activity By Day and Nightlife Activites during Nightime. This 16 block historic Site has a large selection of restaruants, bars, sprort bars, lounges, late night food crawl places for every budget and also host many seasonal events and activities like the Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, Street Scene Music Festival, Taste of Gaslamp and ShamROCK, San Diego Film Festival and various Ehtnic or Group Pride Activities. Many of the variouys nightlife activities here are open to the wee hours of the morning and even few are on 24/7. The Gaslamp Quarter extends from Broadway to Harbor Drive, and from 4th to 6th Avenue, covering 16½ blocks. It includes 94 historic buildings of which many are made in the 19th century.

    Dress Code: smart casual

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    The Gaslamp Quarter!: Nightlife?

    by lmkluque Updated Nov 28, 2013

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    Sixteen blocks in downtown San Diego west from Fourth Avenue east to Sixth Avenue and north Broadway, south to Harbor Drive, has been renovated and designated as a tribute to the past and the present.

    This historical section is the original (2nd) downtown San Diego created after the 1872 fire that destroyed SD's original town, what is now known as Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. The buildings in this area of downtown have been restored/refurbished to reflect the original graceful architecture.

    Instead of being content to present this as a type of capsulized museum, every space has been utilized to attract residents and tourist alike. It has been a wonderful success and every day and night of the week, there is something offered/going on for almost anyone's tastes.

    The Gaslamp Quarter comes alive at night and if you are looking for crowds of people in a party mood, you'll hit the jackpot in the Gaslamp.

    As with most places, the Gaslamp has it's "hottest spots" which change from time to time, but the variety of music style--sedate piano bar to raging rock bands, entertainment type--live theater to Hooters and dress code--from formal to grunge, means that there is a place to attract almost everyone.

    Many places in the Gaslamp Quarter have no cover-charge, however some do, so be prepared.

    Now, if you're looking for that Cool Jazz & Blues sound we have it here too.

    I like Croce's.

    This was opened by Ingrid Croce after her husband, Jim Croce died. She's a hands on owner and an active member of the Gaslamp community so you might see her around the place while you're there.


    As of January 2014 Croce's will no longer be the Heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Look for Ingrid and Croce's Restraurant & Jazz Bar in their new location at Bunker Hill.

    Each year some of the old places close, some move nearer or farther and some open their doors for the first time. Whatever the situation is during your visit, you can count on having a good time in San Diego's vibrant Gaslamp Quarter.

    In recent times most of the restaurants, bars and nightclubs have been offering extended Happy Hours, and even better deals each day of the week to entice you to choose their establishment.

    I tend to go to the Gaslamp Quarter during week nights to avoid the "full-frenzy-fiesta," that happens on the weekends. Still, early or mid week the vibe is still "festive, fun and fast.

    Dress Code: Most places accept the "come as you are" look, but the "locals" usually dress up for the evening and some of the hottest spots will not let you in if you are not dressed properly. Some places will not even allow tennis shoes. I suggest calling the various establishments to ask if they actually do have a "dress code."

    Croce's Jazz Bar
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    Gaslamp Quarter: fun nightlife

    by serenazulle Written Jun 27, 2009

    tons of restaurants (all price range), clubs, concert venues, and bars. one can walk the avenues or hire bike rides. there's also lots of cute boutiques and a movie theater.

    Dress Code: from casual to fancy schmancy.

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Only Game in Town

    by jumpingwithnorman Written Apr 14, 2009

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    Gaslamp Quarter is about 8 blocks long by 2 blocks wide in downtown San Diego crammed with restaurants, shops and nightclubs. It's walking distance (about a block away) from Horton Plaza so most people just park at Horton Plaza then walk over to Gaslamp. Take your ticket and get it validated at most of the Horton Plaza vendors so you get credit for some free parking (about 1-2 hours, I think). There's a movie theater there also. Most clubs offer either DJ music or live music.

    Dress Code: To get into the clubs, no jeans, no sandals/sneakers. Nice dress please.

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Where the Nightlife Is

    by Tom_Fields Written Oct 15, 2007

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    The center of all San Diego nightlife is the famous Gaslamp Quarter. Here are over 100 restaurants, nightclubs, and small bars of all kinds. It's also a great place for shopping, browsing, and just hanging out. For live music, check out Croce's. But don't stay too long in one place.

    This is one of the city's oldest, most historic neighborhoods. It was a booming red-light district during the late 19th century, known in those days as Stingaree. In the early 20th century, it was a center for Chinese-Americans. The old gaslamps are still around, but today modern electric lights provide most of the illumination.

    Dress Code: Depends upon the place you visit. Most places are fairly casual.

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    San Diego Gaslamp Quarter!: Romantic night out

    by Travel2write Updated Jun 14, 2007

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    If wanting that nice romantic night out, or if looking for the nightlife of clubs and many pubs.
    The Gaslamp Quarter is Southern California's premier dining, shopping and entertainment district, where you'll find a truly eclectic blend of food, fun and culture -- all within one of San Diego's most historic areas. Stroll past the district's grand, historic buildings restored to their original character. A place where you can see charming Victorian-style buildings constructed between 1880 and 1910.

    Dress Code: Dress nice!


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    Gaslamp Quarter: Party Time

    by leongarf Written Mar 15, 2006

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    Just take a taxi, trolley, or walk (if staying downtown) and go to the Gaslamp area. There are bars and clubs everywhere. Some of my favorites were Maloney's, Side Bar, and The Bitter End.

    Dress Code: No flip flops or t-shirts at most of the nicer places.

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    Head to the Gaslamp Quarter!

    by acemj Updated Jan 17, 2006

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    Right in the middle of downtown you'll find a gorgeous area (about 10 square blocks or so and growing) of great restaurants and clubs. You can hear live music, dance, grab a cold one.
    On the weekends the place is jumpin'!
    Those lucky enough to live down here will be hanging out of their windows letting in the ocean air.
    Locals will simply refer to this National Historic District as 'the Gaslamp.'

    Dress Code: Relax, it's San Diego.

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    Gaslamp Quarter: The best nightlife style

    by AlexDJ Written Dec 25, 2005

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    It was my second stay to the pleasent town of San Diego, and this time I was told to go to the gaslamp quarter for a walk in the night. I must say the tip was very useful, because this area is very nice in the night, with a lot of bars, restaurants, clubs and discos. A lot of people are around and the atmosphere is very exciting. I suggest you to go if you want to have fun!

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Wow, San Diego Hangout!

    by Yaqui Written Sep 4, 2005

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    I have this twice only because this place is active during the day for the museums, shops, and day time activities, but at night it is a different!

    This is San Diego's Historic Gas Lamp Quarter district. Hmmm, does that hint around what it use to be around here? Gosh, if the walls could talk in these buildings...or maybe that wouldn't be such a good idea to hear.......LOL!!! Ok, onto the history lesson, this area use to be a notorious area for gamblers and prostitutes, such as Wyatt Earp and Ida Bailey, who founded numerous gambling halls, saloons and brothels. Wow a sight that must of have been. As colorful as our history is, it is still history and they were still people. Now it has become one of trendiest area for so many to frequent and hang out. Loads of restaurants, theaters, clubs and shopping. It is a place where you can see charming Victorian-style buildings constructed between 1880 and 1910 and at night.....Wow....the old-fashioned gas lamps begin to glow along the wide brick walkways illuminating many charming sidewalk cafes. Over 70 restaurants to enjoy or have a late-night coffee and tea at one of the many coffee houses. Here is another tip, park in the underground parking garage where the downtown mall is, buy something at any of the stores and they will validate your parking for free.....Yay!

    Dress Code: I would say dress up a little, its seemed like everyone was wearing some of their best!

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Fairly Authentic Irish Pub

    by RickinDutch Written Aug 12, 2005

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    Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill.
    A fairly large pub that was very crowded for a Thursday. Good food, Guinness fairly fresh (for the west coast) and a great Irish band playing. Spent most of an evening here having a grand time and returned the next night for more.
    The band, Leperkhanz, played an interesting mix of rock with a celtic twist that I really enjoyed.

    Dress Code: None

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Overcrowded

    by Rafterman40 Updated Feb 25, 2005

    This place is always insane, especially on the weekends. I feel it's a bit too touristy, but it's fun if you like being in huge crowds of people. I would recommend Hillcrest, specifically a place called Nunu's, if you want to hang out in a mellow bar.

    Dress Code: There's usually a dress code for the "upscale" clubs.

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    Gaslamp Quarter: Great clubs here

    by SF_Grrl Written Oct 4, 2004

    When I lived in SD I used to stroll through the Gaslamp often after dark. I lived downtown and it was cool to have all these great bars and clubs so close.

    It's a straight scene though - for gay stuff go to Hillcrest - I'll be saying more about that area soon.

    Dress Code: depends on the place
    casual is my preference
    all kinds of things here however so just know how to go.

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    Gaslamp Quarter: DON'T DRIVE

    by janders Updated Jul 12, 2004

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    If you are going down to the Gaslamp don't drive. Take the Trolley, Bike Taxi's, taxi's or walk if you are close.
    Driving is just not the way to go. We sat outside of a bar on their patio and watched the people drive by. It would take on a average 8 minutes to go a block.
    If you are down there and you don't feel like walking to your bar, club, or resturant, take the bike taxi. It is worth it to not have to deal with walking if you have to go far.
    It cost us 10 dollars with tip to go from the start of the Quater, near the water, to the Hard Rock.
    You should walk around if you don't know what bar or club you want to go into because most of the bars have a 10 to 20 dollar cover.
    Also dress nice if you want to get into most of the clubs.

    Dress Code: Nice pants and shirts for guys and dresses for the girls ARE required to get into most nightclubs and some bars.
    If you don't want to dress up and want to wear your Dickies shorts,like me, find Patricks or Freddys, they don't really have a dress code.

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