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!
Nice chill Irish Pub that has proper pints of all different kinds of beer, good group of people hang out in this place! The staff is very nice and the food looked really good although I did not eat here. No cover at this place, which is good cause most of down town has a cover to get in the door.
Dress Code: dress nice but dont over do it
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 story.......wow!
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!
Cafe Sevilla plays a mix of latin pop and bits of other music like top 40 hip hop tunes. Everyone really gets into dancing and having a good time. This is the place to go if you love to dance. Downside: It gets very warm in this club so expect to sweat. Upside: If you have dinner in the restaurant upstairs you get into the club for free.
The Rox is full of good looking stylish African Americans, however, the crowd seemed too self-concious and reserved. I was hoping that people would let loose a little more and enjoy themselves. I felt it to be more of a pick up joint than a dance club. The music is strictly hip hop and R & B.
Dress Code: The dress at both clubs is trendy stylish.
Cafe Sevilla has a mix of Latin Americans and other nationalities and The Rox has a primarily African American crowd.
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
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.
With all of the choices in the GasLamp - it is so refreshing to find a casual, fun, different and cool place.
Rock-n-Roll, Sing-a-Long, Dueling Pianos...this place ROCKS, the players know thousands of songs and it appeals to all ages (men & women), where else can you go make a fool of yourself - but not -everyone is doing the same thing.
There is a casual menu, some fun drinks and the cover on Fri/Sat is only $8 (cheap for the GasLamp). (If you are there before 7pm - cover)
They are at 655 4th (Between Market & G)- they take reservations for 8 or more - good idea to have a group on weekends.
Dress Code: Very casual
This club is 21 and up. A $10 cover charge. Drinks are from $3.50-8.00? This is a great club, get there early because this place gets packed! All they play is good music and if you want to request something from the DJ they will always play it for you. During the day this place is a bar. Around 9pm it becomes a club with 4 bars.
Dress Code: Normal club attire is worn or jeans, tennis shoes and sandals are worn
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.
Like beer? Like lots of beer? Well then you'll love the Yard House. This place has over 150 handles of beer. Not only can you get a beer by the pint, but you can order it by the yard. I love this place, I wish they had one in Phoenix. Don't worry they also have mixed drinks as well, and a dance club down stairs. It might be kind of expensive, but I'm sure you'll have a good time.... I did.
Dress Code: No real dress code, but I suggest dressing up a little. You'll fit in better if you do.
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.
I would highly recommend the steakhouse named Greystone on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter.
This was definitely the best steak I have consumed in California. They are very proud of their wine prices though, so you may want to skip that bottle of vino.
Dress Code: I was accepted in a polo shirt and slacks, but this is a really nice restaurant, so Miss Manners would recommend at least business casual.
When you are in Gaslamp District at nighttime don't miss Horton Plaza - it looks really pretty, more beautiful than at daytime, I suppose.
And it's less expensive to visit it at this time because all stores are closed so you can do only window shopping. The area (like the whole downtown) is patrolled by numerous policemen so don't be afraid of walking around - I felt safe there.
The Gaslamp district (in downtown) is where to go for some great nightlife! It's a hopping area, with the bright and the beautiful thronging the club scene. Just head to the area and walk around the streets - it's like a big party on weekends!
Dress Code: Not too formal, but not too casual either. Look sharp, and you'll do fine.
We met at the Napa Valley Grill on November 9th, 2002 for the first SD VT meeting. The location was perfect...first class service and a great place to hold a meeting.
Dress Code: Business casual will work for this location.