Spotlight on the Gaslamp Quarter: When to Come and What to See

Spotlight on the Gaslamp Quarter: When to Come and What to See

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter draws visitors from across the nation with its rich Victorian architecture and vibrant nightlife. We explore this lively entertainment district, along with highlights from the Gaslamp Quarter’s events calendar.

Dining out in the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter features an array of eateries to suit all tastes and budgets.

Specializing in progressive American cuisine, Parq is an open-air restaurant made to look like New York’s Central Park, with lit trees setting a romantic ambiance.

GARAGE Kitchen + Bar is housed in an old garage built in 1890. GARAGE is a tribute to local bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Blink-182, and Iron Butterfly, whose photographs flank the establishment’s rugged brick walls. Dedicated to homemade, farm-fresh cooking, GARAGE’s dishes are a delight to the eye and tongue.

La Puerta’s ethos is “tacos, tunes, and tequila.” This is the ideal spot to try out some Mexican food and enjoy a margarita in a relaxed atmosphere. La Puerta’s Sinaloa-inspired dishes are anew take on fiercely guarded family recipes, relying on fresh, locally sourced ingredients rather than artificial flavor enhancers. For instance, every lime is freshly squeezed to deliver maximum refreshment.

As the name would suggest, Prohibition Liquor Bar is a haven for patrons who enjoy the unique period of the 1920s. The speakeasy-type bar offers masterfully crafted cocktails and iconography harkening back to the Great Gatsby-style days of Prohibition. Meanwhile, stylized live music adds an exciting edge to this elegant secret bar.

Shopping in the Gaslamp Quarter

The Gaslamp Quarter, with its chic boutiques and one-off outlets, is a shopper’s paradise. With over 80 separate stores offering art, apparel, home furnishings, and clothing—and even bikes and cars—the Gaslamp Quarter draws shoppers from far and wide.

Bubble is an eclectic fashion house, offering unique pieces created by local artists in a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. This boutique is very popular with the locals.

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<h2><strong>Gaslamp Quarter Arts</strong></h2>

<p>The Gaslamp Quarter showcases local artists as well as national and international collections.</p>

<p>Set in the historic Brunswick Building at the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts has been the district’s premier art dealer for more than 20 years. The gallery features key pieces by artists such as Thomas Arvid, Grant Pecoff, Manuel Nunez, and David O’Keefe.</p>

<p>In November 2018, the gallery celebrated its 22nd year in the district with a show attended by artists Trevor Mezak and Pete Tillack and featuring live music from the celebrated Spanish guitarist Julio dela Herta.</p>

<p>In addition to boasting one of the most culturally diverse arts communities in the country, the Gaslamp Quarter is rich with history.</p>

<p>The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation provides guided tours of the district’s oldest surviving standing structure, the Davis-Horton House. Dating back to 1850, the building was originally called the William Heath Davis House. The property is one of several wooden saltbox-style structures in the area that, because of timber shortages in San Diego at the time, were shipped from Portland, Maine. These buildings formed San Diego’s “New Town,” a settlement erected near Pantoja Park, the city’s oldest outdoor public space.</p>

<p>The Davis-Horton House was bought by AnnaScheper in 1873. She ran it as a county hospital, earning $1 per patient per day. In the 1930s, Davis-Horton House passed to George Deyo, who passed it to the Lanuza family in 1977. The Lanuzas donated the home to the city, and the residence was turned into a museum. When electricity was finally installed in 1984, workmen peeled back 17 layers of wallpaper, revealing the property’s rich past.</p>

<p>Each room depicts a different historical period from the property’s history, from its initial days as an officers’ barracks in the pre-Civil War era, to a hospital, to its use as a private residence. Many people have resided in Davis-Horton House over the years, including the “Father of San Diego” Alonzo Horton, from whom the home gets part of its name.</p>

<h2><strong>Events in the Gaslamp Quarter</strong></h2>

<p>The Gaslamp Quarter offers a comprehensive calendar of events, possibly the most famous of which is Comic-Con, a celebration of comics and popular culture that takes place each July.</p>

<p>In October 2018, the venue hosted the inaugural San Diego International Film Festival, which showcased award-winning independent films, held premieres, and staged featured screenings and director panels.</p>

<p>Halloween is a popular time at the Gaslamp, with live entertainment to keep visitors of all ages occupied. The annual Fall Back Festival held each November is also popular with families, with its pony rides, gold-panning, and live music. </p>

<p>The Gaslamp Holiday Kick Off takes place at the end of November when visitors from all over come for the tree-lighting ceremony, 80 holiday stalls, and Christmas festivities.</p>

<p>The Quarter runs a year-round artisan market each Sunday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Visitors can browse the many local craft stalls, where they can find unique gifts and source bespoke furnishings handmade by local artisans.</p>

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