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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. 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.

During the day, families can enjoy compelling cultural attractions in San Diego's downtown, like The New Children's Museum, take in a baseball game at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, or catch the 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.

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

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 and Seaport Village. Climb aboard to explore the ships at the USS Midway Museum, the Star of India, or 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 Headquarters at Seaport Village to grab a gourmet bite or browse for one-of-a-kind take-home treasures.

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." Just south of downtown sits the vibrant East Village, a revitalized warehouse district with a hip social scene, and trendy cafes, craft beer bars and high energy vibe. 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 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 programs including Car-To-Go, DecoBike, and FRED (Free Ride Everywhere Downtown) 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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Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare!

Apr 18, 2020

Realizing our commitment to making theatre matter to more people, AXIS offers free cultural programs on the Globe’s Copley Plaza led by local artists and craftspeople. 9.5 million visitors pass through Balboa Park each year. The Old Globe strives to engage this population as we transform our non-performance space into a participatory art venue, utilizing the Globe’s unique physical location as an opportunity for connectivity and creative placemaking. AXIS is an effort to broaden our concept of audience, extending beyond regular ticket-holders and encompassing diverse, multigenerational constituencies from communities across San Diego County.

 

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Mother's Day Jazz Brunch at The Abbey on Fifth Ave

Apr 12, 2020

The Abbey is Hornblower's on-land venue; it offers a rare, refined uptown option for Mother's Day. Originally constructed as an Episcopal church, this elegant 1910 landmark is San Diego's only remaining Classic Revival structure. Enjoy an elaborate bottomless champagne and rosé, seasonal buffet, decadent desserts and live jazz entertainment by Republic of Music.

Your Mother's Day Brunch Includes:

~Your Own Private Reserved Table
~Welcome Glass of Chilled Champagne
~Free-Flowing Champagne, Mimosas, Sparkling Cider, Soda, Juice, Coffee
~Full Brunch Buffet Featuring Seasonal Dishes
~Decadent Dessert Buffet
~Live Jazz Entertainment by Republic of Music

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Spartan 5K City San Diego

Apr 11, 2020

We’re staying classy in San Diego with a Spartan twist on your favorite running spot. This all-new course is located at Spanish Landing Park, just a 10-minute drive from downtown San Diego. You’ll dash across hard top paths and crush obstacles during this City Race, all along a stunning view of North San Diego Bay.

Our new venue is perfect for newbies and seasoned Spartans alike. Will we see you in America’s Finest City?

TOP REASONS TO TAKE ON THIS COURSE

1. This is a totally new venue and our first-ever City Race in California. Don’t miss the chance to join this awesome event, where we skip the mud and dash between pavement and natural terrain.

2. Flying in for race day? The San Diego International Airport is right across the street from the venue. You’ll watch planes soar overhead while you soar across the finish line.

3. Hop in the car and drive 5 minutes, and you’ll be in Old Town or at the gates of the San Diego Zoo. The easy downtown access makes this venue a perfect spot to race and head out into the city afterwards.

4. With 70 miles of coastline, San Diego is the perfect place to catch some waves after you hit the course. Break out your surfboard and beach chair, and soak up that post-race sunshine.

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Easter Champagne Brunch

Apr 12, 2020

This year, enjoy an Easter brunch with sumptuous French flair, all served with champagne and elegant Easter joy. Indulge in fresh seafood, made-to-order omelets, carving stations, a special children’s buffet selection as well as a full array of quintessentially European gourmet dishes. Exquisite Parisian chic for adults, family-friendly fun for children, all complete with face-painting and an egg-stra special visit from monsieur Easter bunny.

SUNDAY, APRIL 12

10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

$99 for Adults
$39 for Children (age 4-12)
Complimentary for children aged 3 years and under.
(+tax and gratuity)

Reservations requested, please call 619-238-1818. 

 

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