Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego
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.
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."
5th avenue downtown;an incredible atmosphere at night,you have the choice between all the discotheques or bars;and of course the strange open air downtown mall(picture)where I spent many hours every day
in this area you can feel safer than on the beach area,which has a rough atmosphere at night
I'm not into nightlife but there is a lot of stuff to do in the Gaslamp Quarter.
In the Gaslamp, there are a MESS of clubs and fine restaurants.
Dress Code: Dress code ranges.....If you're going to Dick's Last Resort, anything goes (I've never been there but I heard from people who have been there) and if you're going to the Old Spaghetti Factory, dress nicely as if you were going to church but it's perfectly fine to wear casual attire.
My second Favorite place Down Town is Buffalo Joe's. I love it!!!
Buffalo Joe's is located on a corner and has windows all the way around so you can watch the action from the street (while you wait in line). A mix of bands plays to whatever's the trend of the moment. They have had swing dancing, retro '80s, but my personal favorite is Saturday night....'70s night...featuring the DISCO PIMPS. They rock. You will have the time of your life. Be prepred this place gets crowded.
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.
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.
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.