Rising from 16 square-blocks in downtown San Diego, you’ll find the historic Gaslamp Quarter where Victorian-era buildings and modern skyscrapers stand side by side, housing more than 100 of the city's finest restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and retails shops, as well as offices and residential/work lofts. Not only is this area the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife scene, it is also rich with cultural offerings that include theatres, art galleries, symphony halls, concert venues and museums.
You can spend an entire day in the Gaslamp Quarter, shopping at one of the many trendy boutiques, that line the busy streets, or in the multi-level outdoor mall, Horton Plaza.
You’ll find every type of cuisine in the Gaslamp Quarter and options are plentiful for al fresco dining, on the sidewalks of this dynamic and cosmopolitan district, sky high at a rooftop lounge, or in an intimate and ornately designed fine dining restaurant. San Diego craft beer is also readily found in restaurants and pubs, and at stand-alone shops like Karl Strauss and Monkey Paw Brewery. For wine lovers, try Vin de Syrah Wine Parlor a fairly-tale like underground urban lounge.
Petco Park, located on the edge of downtown, is a great place to take in a baseball game. Here you can enjoy the game in sophisticated style in the Western Metal Building lounges, or take in the innings from The Park in the Park ball field with your kids. Not only is the park a great spot to watch a game, but you’ll also find some of San Diego’s favorite eateries and local craft beer on tap.
Fun with the family continues as you discover the colorful past of the former Stingaree District at the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, explore the whimsical and educational exhibitions at the New Children's Museum, climb aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum, ride the carousel and visit the candy store in Seaport Village or catch the Trolley for a quick ride to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo.
Under the sparkling night sky on a cool California evening, the Gaslamp Quarter transforms into a sophisticated cosmopolitan playground as thousands come out in style for a night of fine dining, craft cocktails, live theatre, music and dancing.
Make a reservation at any of the high-profile restaurants featuring celebrity chefs, enjoy a signature cocktail by a crafty mixologist at a rooftop bar, or let it fly on the dance floor at any of the happening nightclubs.
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