Named as the “Gaslamp Quarter Historic District” on the list of “National Register of Historic Places”, Gaslamp Quarter is the heart of night life in downtown, San Diego. The city is home to 94 historic Victorian Era buildings (former gambling halls, brothels and saloons) that are still housed by active tenants including shops, restaurants and nightclubs.
A number of events and festivals in Gaslamp Quarter such as the Taste of Gaslamp, Street Scene Music Festival, Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, and Shamrock, a St. Patrick’s Day make it a great place to hang out.
History of Gaslamp Quarter
The route to development started for Gaslamp Quarter started way back in 1867. Alonzo Horton, an American real estate developer, bought 800 acres of land on San Diego bay to develop a new city center near the bay, and it became known as New Town. The city then got its name, Gaslamp Quarter, from gas lamps that people commonly used during late 19th century and early 20th century.
Between 1880s and 1900s, mainly gamblers and prostitutes were the major visitors of New Town, leading to a rise in gambling halls, saloons and brothels in the Stingaree, San Diego’s red light district. The city underwent urban renewal between 1980s and 1990s to become a business and entertainment hub.
Attractions at Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp Quarter exhibits enthralling architectural charm in the form of Victorian age buildings and modern skyscrapers that rise from the 16 square blocks. Standing adjacent to each other, these old models of architectural brilliance accommodate over 100 of the finest restaurants, nightclubs, and pubs along with retails shops, offices and residential buildings.
Downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is also popular for its rich cultural heritage including theatres, symphony halls, art galleries, concert venues and museums.
Things you love to do in Gaslamp Quarter
Dine at diverse restaurants that offer wide range of menu options. Take a stroll down the streets besides giant historic buildings. Enjoy panoramic views of the Coronado Bridge and downtown, San Diego Bay from one of the rooftop bars. An interactive trip to the New Children’s Museum Shopping at trendy boutiques or Horton Plaza, a multi level outdoor mall. A night time ghost tour of the Gaslamp. Enjoy baseball sessions at Petco Park. A visit to the candy store in Seaport Village. Catch a trolley ride to San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park
Rocking Night Life
Gaslamp Quarter offers something or other for everyone viz an art lover, shopping freak, historian and people of all ages. However, the USP of the Gaslamp Quarter has been its Rocking Night Life.
As the sun sets and it grows dark in Gaslamp, the streets start to burn bright with old fashioned gas lamps that gave the city its name. Installed along the wide brick walkways, these lamps illuminate the beautiful sidewalk cafes.
By night, Gaslamp Quarter comes alive with thousands of people appearing on the streets for a night out of craft cocktails, delicious dining, music, live theatre and dancing. There are over 70 restaurants that offer cuisines from all over the world. Enjoy signature cocktail at a rooftop bar or show some dance moves at any of the happening nightclubs.
Some things that are worth knowing in Gaslamp Quarter
Some of the restaurants allow 21+ only.Parking is hard to find. Choose public transport for commute.You can get 3 hours of free parking at the Horton Plaza mall with validation.Prefer to travel in groups at night.You can easily find taxis and pedicabs throughout Gaslamp Quarter.