Gaslamp District: Where Nightlife Sizzles and History Thrives
Gaslamp District is San Diego's nightlife, shopping and entertainment hub. If the glam dance clubs, glowing bar signs and continual flow of revelry seekers isn't enough to convince you of its hotspot status, then know this: It even has its own Mardi Gras festival. (Held every February and it gets nearly as animated as the New Orleans original.) Don't worry, since the Hotel Solamar is just steps away from the Gaslamp District, you can come back to us and unwind at any time.
Historically, this is the heart of San Diego. Stretching 16 1/2 blocks downtown, it's home to numerous charming Victorian-era buildings, many of which have been transformed into boutiques, restaurants and clubs. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the streets in this district were lit by gas lamps, which gave the neighborhood its name. Today, replicated versions of the original gas lamps do the same picturesque job.
If you're looking for bars, restaurants and clubs, you'll find them crammed on each block, from Café Sevilla, where a DJ plays Latin disco and hip-hop; to Field Authentic Irish Pub & Restaurant, where traditional Irish whiskeys and pub grub capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle; to The Shout House, where dueling pianists sit face-to-face and play rock hits.
Go beyond the bar-hopping scene with a visit to the William Heath Davis Historical House Museum, a saltbox-style home that's Gaslamp Quarter's oldest surviving structure. For another culture fix, Lamb's Players Theatre stages world premiere plays and rollicking musicals year-round.
The Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation leads guided walking tours every Saturday morning, starting at Davis House at 410 Island Avenue. After an all-encompassing look at the places that shaped this modern-day entertainment epicenter, you'll have a grasp on the past – and will know just where to go come nightfall.