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Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

The hottest nightlife scene on the West Coast

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The heartbeat of every city lives in its downtown, and San Diego is no exception. Located only minutes from the airport, San Diego's thriving urban center offers an abundance of options for accommodations, activities, dining and cultural attractions, all easily accessible by foot, bike, car or public transportation.

Gaslamp Quarter

In the historic Gaslamp Quarter, where modern architecture and Victorian Age buildings stand side by side, you'll discover eclectic galleries, chic boutiques, trendy nightclubs, rooftop bars, gastropubs, craft beer haunts and fine dining restaurants lining the streets.

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Things to Do Downtown

During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown such as The New Children's Museum; take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres; or catch the San Diego Trolley to Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. With plenty of places to eat, shop and explore, families can enjoy a true California urban safari.

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Epic Nightlife

After dark, the city transforms into a sophisticated playground for adults. With an endless variety of posh nightclubs, sizzling music venues and sky-high rooftop bars, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a memorable night on the town.

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Embarcadero

The waterfront Embarcadero (or “landing place” in Spanish) lines the western edge of downtown. Its boardwalk hugs the San Diego Bay, home to the cruise terminal, the Navy Pier, Seaport Village and The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park, the permanent outdoor home of the San Diego Symphony. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. If a moving sea vessel is more your style, hop on a harbor cruise and explore the bay, while taking in the skyline views. For fun on land, head to the The Headquarters at Seaport to grab a gourmet bite or browse for one-of-a-kind take-home treasures.

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Little Italy

If you're looking for some authentic local flavor, immerse yourself in San Diego's Little Italy district, just north of downtown, where you can grab a slice of pizza or an espresso and biscotti from a local café, or dine at one of the celebrity-chef restaurants located on bustling Kettner Boulevard, known as "Top Chef Alley".

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East Village

Just south of downtown sits the vibrant East Village, a revitalized warehouse district with a hip social scene, plus trendy cafes, craft beer bars and a high-energy vibe.

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Barrio Logan

East of downtown you'll find Barrio Logan, the epicenter of San Diego's Hispanic community, where art and food converge in a symphony of sights, sounds and tastes. The colorful murals and outstanding, flavorful fare are worth the trip.

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Getting to Downtown & Gaslamp Quarter

Downtown is the heart of San Diego and there's not shortage of ways to get into the action. All major freeways go through the city including Interstate 5 and 805, and State Highway 163. Unlike many cities, traffic during rush hour flows away from the city in the morning, and into the city at night - so for tourists, the trip is quick! San Diego's public transportation system is efficient and cost-effective. The Red Trolley crosses the city in several key areas with major connections at downtown's Santa Fe Station. Amtrak and the Coaster rail service connects North County and its quintessential beach towns to downtown action. And once you are in the city, ride share and scooter programs including Circuit, Uber and Lyft provide great alternatives to move around town.

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Barrio Logan

For years, the Barrio Logan neighborhood has been one of San Diego's best kept secrets. An epicenter of the city's Mexican-American culture, this neighborhood is quickly becoming a hotspot for cutting-edge art and authentic local culture.

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San Diego's Embarcadero

A great place for a stroll along the water

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San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Not only is this area the epicenter of San Diego’s nightlife scene, it is also rich with cultural offerings

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Museum Month

Feb 1 - Feb 28, 2023

February remains the perfect month to discover (or re-discover) the story of San Diego during Museum Month with 50% off admission to more than 60 San Diego County museums, historic sites, gardens, zoo/aquariums and more.

Join us every day in February as we explore a rich world of cultural experiences, including virtual activities, behind-the-scenes tours, and other special museum moments you can only find in San Diego. #SDMuseumMonth

 

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Who Dunnit? Gaslamp Murder Mystery Adventure

May 25, 2022 - ongoing

Who Dunnit? Gaslamp is a scavenger hunt-style Murder Mystery Adventure that lasts approximately 2 hours. During the tour, you will visit several of the Gaslamp Quarter's most popular destinations while solving a murder mystery.

Hot on the heels of a killer through the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter, you will collect virtual clues and evidence to solve Who Dunnit?! Along the way, you will have to crack codes, decipher riddles and participate in crazy challenges in order to successfully complete your mission.

Public & Private Events available. For Private Events please call or email.

Public Event Schedule:

Fridays: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Saturdays: 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Sundays: 4:30 to 6:30 PM

* Private scavenger hunts are also available! 

Times are subject to change. Please verify on website. 

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Valentine's Day: Cocktails & Chocolate Pairings!

Feb 14, 2023

Join us on Valentine's Day!

Upstairs at barleymash, enjoy our two cocktails "Some Like It Hot" and "Roses Are Red" with Chocolate Pairings.

Downstairs at ginger's, enjoy Love Song/Love Sucks Karaoke, beginning at 9pm. Also, enjoy two cocktails "Drunk in Love" and "Love Stinks!"

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Embarcadero Waterfront Ghost Tour

Jul 22, 2022 - ongoing

Experience the darker side of San Diego on this tour of the downtown waterfront with tales of ghostly history and haunted ships. During this 1 hour tour, you will visit several of the Embarcadero’s most popular haunted locations while learning of spooky spirits, disease, death and espionage.

With many infamous ghosts & ships there are several notable occurrences of haunting at the downtown San Diego Embarcadero along the waterfront. You will hear the thrilling stories of the spirits and have an opportunity to ghost hunt outdoors in several areas along the way.

Schedule*: Saturdays 7:00 – 8:00pm & Sundays 8:00 – 9:00pm

* Schedule subject to change. Please verify on our website: murdernmayhem.com 

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Who Dunnit? Gaslamp Murder Mystery Adventure

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Embarcadero Waterfront Ghost Tour

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