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Foodies Unite: It’s Time to Dine

Foodies Unite: It’s Time to Dine

San Diego Restaurant Week is back January 19 – 26

By Annie Abrahamson

From steak and seafood to fondue and dessert, San Diego Restaurant Week (Jan 19 – 26) is a food lover’s dream. With so many noteworthy restaurants to choose from in the Gaslamp, SDRW gives guests the opportunity to try a new spot (or return to a favorite) by offering a special menu at a reduced price. Check out this mouth-watering line-up and start making your reservations now!

Butcher's Cut

Butcher’s Cut

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: Hipsters, Yoga Teachers, and guac lovers will be thrilled with the delicious Avocado Toast option. And if you’re looking for a good seafood dish, the Salmon with spinach risotto, sauteed carrots, dill cream and lemon bordelaise emulsion looks delish!

 

De Medici Cucina Italiana

De’Medici Cucina Italiana

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: This menu is an Italian paradise featuring choices like Calamari Fritti, their signature Sole Fortofino, and of course, Cannolis!

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao

Menu Highlights: Fogo de Chao knows the key to winning people over…is BRUNCH! Not only do they have a special San Diego Restaurant Week menu for lunch, dinner, happy hour, drinks, and dessert, but they are also including brunch featuring selections like Braised Beef Hash and Bolo de Fuba (sweet cornmeal cake with whipped caramelized banana creme).

Greystone Steakhouse

Greystone Steakhouse

Price: $50 per person

Menu Highlights: Veggie-lovers will swoon over the Portobello with artichoke, aged gorgonzola, spinach, bell pepper, roasted tomatoes, and bechamel sauce, while meat eaters can indulge in the Bourbon Braised Pork Chop. 

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

Price: $30 per person

Menu Highlights: Dipping yummy things in yummy things. And also cheese. Need we say more?

Nobu

Nobu

Price: $60 per person

Menu Highlights: Nobu is offering special and an indulgent 5-course meal complete with Assorted Sushi, Snow Crab Tiradito, and more! Guests have the option to up their cuisine game for an extra $15 and upgrade the fourth course with items like Lobster with Wasabi Pepper Sauce and 28 day Dry-Aged New York Strip with Anticucho.

Oceanaire Seafood

Oceanaire Seafood

Price: $40 per person

Menu Highlights: A classic and delicious 3-course meal featuring favorites like oysters on the half shell, filet mignon, and key lime pie! 

Osetra

Osetra Seafood and Steak

Price: $50 per person

Menu Highlights: This menu has something for everyone! From yellowtail carpaccio to Italian sausage rigatoni, every guest is sure to find something to get their taste buds dancing!

Provisional Kitchen

Provisional Kitchen Cafe & Mercantile

Price: $20 per person | add $12 for Wine Pairing

Menu Highlights: This two course menu is like a “choose-your-own-adventure” book. Choose a starter and entrée, or entrée and dessert!

Rei do Gado

Rei do Gado

Price: $30 per person

Menu Highlights: Rei do Gado’s rodizio-style all-you-can-eat parade of mesquite, charcoal grilled meats served at your table side is reason enough to hit up this spot during SDRW.

Rockin' Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Price: Lunch – $15/$20 | Dinner – $30

Menu Highlights: During lunch, upgrade your second course for just $5 and get yummy options like Seafood Enchiladas or a Warm Lobster Roll. Both lunch and dinner menus include their specialty, Fried Ice Cream (YUM!).

Searsucker

Searsucker

Price: $25 per person (lunch)

Menu Highlights: Guests can munch on a classic fave (among other delicious choices): Grilled Cheese & Tomato with gruyère, provolone, parmesan, basil oil. Follow it up with something sweet like a Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie or Berry Panna Cotta!

STK

STK

Menu Highlights: Come for brunch, stay for dinner, and sip on some cocktails in between! STK has a big menu perfect for a big appetite!

The Field Irish Pub

The Field Irish Pub

Price: $15 per person

Menu Highlights: Want a great meal that doesn’t break the bank? The Field is offering two course with delicious items like the Corned Beef Sandwich and Shepherd’s Pie.

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Kitchen & Tap

Menu Highlights: Union’s entire menu is up for grabs….brunch, lunch, social hour, kids, you name it, they have it for SDRW! Try their Gumbo Poutine or Alehouse Beer Cheeseburger (drool!). 

Breakfast Company Expands to The Gaslamp

Breakfast Company Expands to The Gaslamp

(Press Release)

The much-awaited second Breakfast Company excitedly welcomes brunch lovers, in the heart of the Gaslamp! Known for their tantalizing twists on traditional breakfast staples, modern vibe and warm staff, the restaurant is undeniably an instant hot spot for downtown dwellers.

From the same owner/founder of San Diego’s most well-known breakfast model, Breakfast Republic, Gaslamp Breakfast Company’s menu boasts fan favorites, such as their infamous and super-savory Mashed Potato Waffles, topped with a mouthwatering cheese sauce, spicy sausage, green onions and eggs. Their most frequently ordered (and hangover-curing) Fried Rice Benedict is also a must-try, paired with coffee served in an oversized mug – a caffeine connoisseur’s dream. Plenty of their signature veggie-inspired libations are available at the bar, along with crafted espresso drinks, such as the Golden State Latte and the Dirty Beet Latte.

Positioned in an impressive 3,148 square-foot space that includes a robust patio, perfect for people watching, the restaurant is both inviting and intimate. Their stylish décor, eye-catching use of color and perfectly placed lighting, warms the immaculate, industrial atmosphere.

mashed potato waffle
Beet juice cocktail
Fried Rice Benedict
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Interior
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Exterior
Gaslamp Breakfast Company Interior

As a part of the San Diego-based Rise & Shine Restaurant Group, the second Breakfast Company joins Breakfast Republic, Fig Tree Café, Feast & Fareway, and Liberty Station’s newly revamped Mexican restaurant, El Jardín Cantina. Pioneer of San Diego’s brunch culture, Johan Engman has not only created a lifestyle for those who want to enjoy fantastic food, he’s also become a local star and industry leader, with his unending thirst for revolutionizing the breakfast world and beyond. He’s done it again, and there’s much more to come.

Come spoil your palate with an exceptional selection of food and drinks, and welcome Breakfast Company to the table… again!

Breakfast Company is located at 551 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Open daily from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Another Purrr-fect Parade, and Paw-some event!

Another Purrr-fect Parade, and Paw-some event!

Dogs, Cats, Birds, and Pigs paraded through the Gaslamp Quarter last Sunday for the 12th annual Just Food For Dogs Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.  The annual event included 20 vendors in the Holiday Pet Market, dignitaries, bands and 350 pets with their handlers parading up Fifth Avenue and down Fourth.

 

Photos by: Crystal Carpenter-Hall

(More Photos coming soon)

Congratulations to this year’s contest winners!

Best Ugly Sweater

3rd Place- Tabitha the Mastiff with handler Elizabeth Flores

2nd Place- Lily the Dog with handler Emily Pearson

1st Place – Ollie the West Highland Terrier with handler Victoria Brunzell

Cutest Critter

2nd Place- Daisy the Pig with handler Gabriel Doyle

1st Place- Chicka the chicken, Gingerale the chicken and Waffles the Rabbit with handlers Mikey Johnson, Hunter Johnson and Grace Green (Alice in Wonderland)

Best Pet Costume

3rd Place- Sammie and Sweet Pea the dogs with handler Jackie Silva- (Batman Themed)

2nd Place- Harlee and TooTuff the dogs with handlers Laura and Phil Keznetzoff

1st place- Leuke with handler Viki Solano

Best Pet Costume (non-canine)

3rd Place- Hiro the cat and Haruka the Dog with handler Lori Guild

2nd Place- (2 dogs and a cat) with handler Corey Dobbs (flamingo Snow Globe)

1st Place- Jazzy the dog and Maya the Cat with handlers Greyfield Nguyen and Angela Aguilar

 Best Pet Holiday Costume

2nd Place- Charlie the Dog with handler Jeffrey Nieboer

1st Place– Sir Ruffles Von Vicious (Ruffy) with handler Jan Savage _ (Feliz Navidog)

Best Costumed Duo

3rd Place- Peaches the Maltipoo (Dog) with handler Eric Jones

2nd Place- Sakari the dog with handler Jay Nora

1st Place- Tia the dog with handler Jaimie Flores (Queen Tia)

 Best Costumed Group (3 or more)

3rd Place  Mizzou the Siberian Husky with handler Robert Ivey jr. and partner  (Stanley Cup)

2nd Place – Barney, Oscar, Woodie and Stitch (all dogs) with handlers, Janet Bock and Lynne Newman

1st Place- – Kylo-Ren the dog with handlers, the Andrews Family- (Where’s WALDO)

 Best Float

3rd Place  – Kayden, Koah the dogs with handler Tina Cox- (Paw-rate Ship)

2nd Place- Carson the Dog with handler Jill Nakano – (Space Shuttle)

1st Place-  Lucy the Boston Terrier with handler George Pisano- (Harry Potter)

Best in Show

3rd Place- Kindle the Dog with handlers The Toyers (Bartender)

2nd Place-  Leuke with handler Viki Solano- Ghostbusters

1st Place- Zachary and Belle the dogs with handlers the Hoeberecht Family

The Hoeberecht Family will be the Grand Marshal’s next year!

A Very Gaslamp Christmas

A Very Gaslamp Christmas

Holiday Feasts The Will Leave You Feeling Merry and Stuffed!

 

By Annie Abrahamson

On the first day of Christmas, the Gaslamp gave to me….

A festive list of restaurants ready to serve up some fun and delicious Christmas cheer! Dining out on the holidays is the perfect way to celebrate with friends and family without the stress of cooking for a large group. So, instead of dashing through the kitchen, leave the food prep to the professionals and spend Christmas feasting away!

 

 

Asti Ristorante

Elegant and warm, Asti Ristorante is serving up an Italian-style, 3-course on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Choose from delicious dishes like Costolette Brasate (braised short ribs) or Filet Mignon. Bring the whole family; the little ones can enjoy a special 2-course meal of their own! $59 for adults, $21 for kids. Make your reservations here

Bandar

If you love Persian cuisine, Bandar is just the place to spend your holidays! The will have a special menu available on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day including their Classic Hummus, World Famous Chicken, and Filet Mignon Shish Kabob. Save your seat here.

 

 

Cafe 21

Cafe 21

The Gaslamp’s beloved cafe is getting in the holiday spirit by launching a new line-up of kitchen libations, vegan hot drinks, and organic teas and coffee! On Christmas Day, prepare to sip as well as dine with a special 3-course preset menu for both brunch and dinner. See the menu and make your reservation here.

 

Cafe Sevilla

Rock around the Christmas tree with dinner and live music at Sevilla this Christmas Eve and Day! Dine on a special 3-course meal including holiday favorites with a Spanish twist. Check out the menu here.

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

A beautiful sight, we’re hungry tonight…walking in a modern coastal wonderland! Head  to Lionfish on December 24 where Chef Jojo Ruiz will be cooking up a delicious Christmas Eve dinner. Make your reservations here

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster is giving a gift to your taste buds with their “Holiday Bucket”! This seafood-lover’s dream includes a WHOLE lobster, baja style shrimp, grilled chicken, skirt steak, crab cluster, grilled corn on the cob, a queso dip appetizer, and a partridge in a pear tree! (That last item isn’t actually included.) For just $69.99 per person, this feast is hard to beat! 

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

Santa’s got the presents, so Rustic Root will take care of dinner! This Christmas Day, they are serving a special three-course meal with delicious choices like Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs, Seared Scallops Orzotto, and Eggnog Cheesecake. Bring the whole gang and dig into some family-style side dishes too! Save your seat here.

STK Steakhouse

Let the grinch have his roast beast while you head to STK for a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Prime Rib Special! Even kids can join in with their very own menu featuring a beef filet, mac & cheese, and chocolate cake! $58 for adults, $24 for kids. Book your reservation here

 

 

Union Kitchen & Tap

Wake up early, open your presents, and head over to Union Gaslamp for a special Christmas Day brunch (don’t forget to change out of your pajamas). Kitchen opens at 10am. 

Looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer? Grab a gift card at one of your favorite Gaslamp restaurants, bars, or shops! Here are a few holiday offers that will give you more bang for your buck!

Eyes On Fifth

Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 you spend.

Huntress

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Lumi

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Rustic Root

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

Cafe Sevilla

Buy $100 gift card, get $25 free.

STK Steakhouse

Buy $100 and get $25 OR buy $50 and get $10.

 

Volcano Rabbit

Purchase $100 gift card and get a mini-Christmas tree display.

New Year’s Eve in the Gaslamp

New Year’s Eve in the Gaslamp

Goodbye 2019…Hello 2020!

 

By Annie Abrahamson

There’s always a buzz that surrounds the approach of a new year. Glamorous events, elegantly dressed party-goers, lavish meals, towers of champagne glasses, bottles to pop — excitement seems to radiate worldwide. The promise of a fresh start alongside a flashy celebration is more than enough of a reason to don some fancy apparel and hit up the last party of the year. From multi-level hotel bashes and decadent dining affairs to family friendly events and New Year’s Day Brunch, the Gaslamp Quarter is just the place to welcome in 2020! 

 

 

Hotel Packages

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

If you want to stay in the heart of the Gaslamp this NYE, Hard Rock Hotel is just the spot! Room packages start at $429 and include a one-night stay and two tickets to their “Tokyo Nights” themed party! Make your reservation here.

Dinner (and Dancing)

Bandar

Bandar

Enjoy a Persian cuisine feast before heading into 2020! Bandar will be serving up a special prix fixe menu on NYE including their Bandar Salad, Wild King Salmon, and Filet Mignon Shish Kabob. Make your reservations here.

 

 

Cafe 21

Cafe 21

A night of fun awaits you this NYE at Cafe 21! Enjoy live music with The UpShots, dancing, and a midnight champagne cheers! Make your reservation here.

 

 

Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla is like the one-stop-shop this New Year’s Eve! Indulge in a delicious 4-course dinner, enjoy liver flamenco shows, and celebrate 2020 with a champagne toast and party favors! View the menu and make reservations here.   

Garage Kitchen + Bar

Listen to local musician, Mike Myrdal while enjoying a special 4-course prix fixe menu at Garage Kitchen & Bar. $45 per person for dinner, no cover if you’re just in it for the libations and entertainment! View the menu and make your reservations here.

Havana 1920

The last meal of the year should be a good one. So head Havana for a four-course meal featuring dishes like the Trio of Empanadas, Skirt Steak, and Wild Berry Rum Cheesecake! $129 per couple also includes a choice of red, white, or sparkling wine. Reserve your spot here.

Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Chef Jojo Ruiz cooks up a feast to welcome in 2020 at Lionfish! Dine in style with a Grand Tasting 4-course menu for $120.20 per person (see what they did there?)! Make your reservation here.

Meze Greek Fusion

Add some Mediterranean flavor to your last meal of 2019. For $129 per couple, sit down to a Greek-inspired four-course dinner complete with wine, surf & turf, and baklava cheesecake for dessert! Make a reservation here.

STK Steakhouse

Resolutions begin January 1, so why not go out with a bang? Celebrate of the end of 2019 with dinner at STK Steakhouse! For added indulgence, level up with the ultimate bar and lounge package featuring an open bar with premium, top shelf spirits, STK signature bites, and a DJ to provide all the beats? Reserve your spot here.

 

The Melting Pot

Dip into a great new year at The Melting Pot! Taste your way through an exclusive five-course menu created just for NYE. If you’re celebrating with someone special, add some extra passion with the “Touch of Romance” up-grade, complete with rose petals, floating candles, and a bottle of chilled champagne. Seating is limited, so reserve your table here.

Rockin' Baja Lobster

Rockin’ Baja Lobster

If there was a food mascot for New Year’s Eve, it’d be lobster, and Rockin’ Baja Lobster is ready to send you into the new year with an explosion of flavor! Their NYE Bucket includes a WHOLE lobster, a guac appetizer, skirt steak, crab clusters, baja style shrimp, grilled chicken, corn, beans, rice, tortillas, salsa, and more! Big enough for two to share and only $79.99.

 

 

Rustic Root

Rustic Root

Rustic Root is throwing the ultimate all-inclusive rooftop NYE celebration featuring a hosted bar, tray passed apps, Chef attended carving stations, party favors, entertainment, fun activations, and more! If you’re looking for a more formal sit-down option, make a reservation in their downstairs dining room and feast on Chef Marcel’s rustic three-course menu! Save your seat here

The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Hotel is bringing fiesta vibes, chic cocktails, and elegant fashion to New Year’s Eve! Guests are invited to celebrate with a Latin-influenced buffet dinner, a live performance by Julio De La Huerta and his band, and a champagne toast at midnight! Cocktail attire is required, and tickets are $165 per person. Purchase ticket here.

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union Gaslamp adds some 20’s flair to NYE with the Gatsby Cocktail: Dry Town gin, black currant, lemon, and bubbles. If that doesn’t whet your whistle, they will have wine & champagne specials along with some delicious featured menu items like Deviled Crab and Caramel Layer Cake!

Nightlife

Andaz

Celebrate the new year while enjoying a gorgeous view of Downtown San Diego! Head over to Andaz rooftop for a five-hour premium open bar, Live DJ, and champagne toast! Step up your night with celeb-worthy perks by purchasing a VIP package. Get tickets here.

barleymash

Welcome in 2020 at a very fitting, Roaring 20’s party at barleymash! Gather up your flapper accessories grab your favorite dudes and dames and shake those tassels to DJ Ramsey and Rick Betta. And since the party never really ends at midnight, keep the bubbles flowing for “Tiny Bubbles Brunch” New Year’s Day (starting at 9am).

 

El Chingon

El Chingon

Have a wet and reckless NYE at El Chingon! Purchase your ticket online to receive a drink ticket good for a dealer’s choice drink or shot. Bottle service packages are also available. Get it all here.

FLUXX

Anonymity and wonder fill the club at FLUXX’s NYE Masquerade Ball with beats by DJ Wellman. Tickets available here.

 

Hard Rock/ 207/ Float

If it’s something BIG you’re looking for, Hard Rock Hotel has three floors and seven rooms of NYE celebration! Jet-set to “Tokyo Nights” with over 15 artists and DJs including headliner DJ VICE and special guest! Since this party is at the hotel, why not just stay the night?! Get tickets and reserve your room here.

Oxford Social Club

DJ Tay James, Justin Bieber’s official DJ, adds some celebrity flair to Oxford Social Club’s NYE party! Also enjoy an added performance piece by JACS Entertainment which includes dynamic dancers with sophisticated and sensual acts from their “Eyes Wide Shut” story. Pick up tickets here.

Parq Restaurant & Nightclub

While New York drops the ball, Parq is throwing one! Ring in 2020 in style while dancing your way through five rooms, five musical experience, and one upscale party! Bottle service available. Grab your tickets here.

 

Prohibition

With the 20’s fast approaching, it only makes sense to spend this NYE at an underground speakeasy. Head to Prohibition for an exclusive Supper Club dinner at 6:30pm followed by a New Year’s party with a live performance by The Lafayette Blues Jam. Dinner includes a five-course cocktail pairing dinner (swoon) for $150 per person. Reserve your spot at the Supper Club here.

The Shout! House

Take the classiness of a piano and pair it with the fun of two witty and talented performers, and you get exciting NYE entertainment! Shout in the New Year with a once-a-year, special show at Shout House! Can’t make it on December 31? Then head over for their NYE Preview event on Saturday December 28! Tickets for tables and standing room here.

 

Side Bar Nightclub & Lounge

With a glitzy and alluring ambiance, Side Bar is sure to add some edgy and unexpected moments into New Year’s Eve! Kiss 2019 goodbye with a party designed to impress and excite! Purchase your tickets here.

The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun

Celebrate a new year by going back in time with some classics and throwbacks by DJ Dubb at The Smoking Gun! Cheers to 2020 with a complimentary champagne toast. And for 92010 locals – no cover all night!

Tin Roof

Ring in the new year with live music and a champagne toast at Tin Roof! Corey Gray opens the show at 6pm followed by Coriander playing all the well-known hits. Purchase your tickets ahead of time or pay cover at the door!

New Years Day

Union Kitchen & Tap

Start 2020 right with a brunch buffet and mimosa bar at Union Gaslamp from 9am – 2pm. Sip on additional breakfast cocktails like Bloody Mary’s (option to add bacon), Union Sangria, and Breakfast Shots!

 

 

Sip, Savor and Shop at Toast of Gaslamp

Sip, Savor and Shop at Toast of Gaslamp

It’s the perfect way to spread holiday Cheers!

 

By Annie Abrahamson

 

There’s no time like the holidays for eating, drinking and shopping. Indulging in rich cuisine, decadent sweets, festive cocktails and a shopping bag (or 10) is a rite of passage when December rolls in. And there’s no merry event filled with more goodies and good times than Toast of Gaslamp.

On Saturday, December 14,  from 1-5 p.m., embark upon a self-guided tour of 20 restaurants and 10 stores in the Gaslamp Quarter. Delight in holiday-inspired bites like a Brazilian Empanada from Fogo de Chao, seasonal sips like the Candy Cane Shooter from Casablanca, and shopping deals from your favorite local shops like Bubbles Boutique and Urban Wave. Purchase advance tickets for $25 (day-of is $30) and find more info here.

 

 

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Santa Paws is Coming to Town

Santa Paws is Coming to Town

The Gaslamp Quarter Pet Parade is Back!

By Annie Abrahamson

 

What has four legs, elf ears, angel wings, and bells? The stars of the  12th Annual  Just Food For Dogs Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade! While San Diegans are hustling about decorating trees and purchasing gifts, their furry, feathered, and scaly friends are patiently awaiting their favorite event of the year. On Sunday, December 15 at 2pm, pets show off their finest holiday fashion while they march up and down the streets of downtown San Diego. This event is not only meant to be festive and fun, but it also draws awareness to the animals who need to be fostered or adopted. Local businesses will host patio pet rescue events throughout the day, giving spectators a chance to add another fluff to their family! 

A free Holiday Pet Market will be open to the public from 12-5 p.m. featuring holiday music, presentations, an awards presentation with prizes, and more! Take a seat on the patio at one of the patios along Fifth or Fourth Avenues, and enjoy food and drink specials while watching the parade. Or register your pet, enter them into the costume contests, and join the march! ($15 with early registration, and $20 day-of. The first 350 registrants will get a WAG BAG filled with treats, toys, and coupons.) All animals who participate in the parade will be entered into 9 different  Pet Costume Contests, with 3rd, 2nd and 1st place awards going to each category! 

 Click here for more information on registering your pet for the parade and parade route. 

 

 

Pet Parade

Photos from 2018

Small Shops, Big Support

Small Shops, Big Support

Hit up these locally owned Gaslamp spots on Small Business Saturday!

 

By Annie Abrahamson

‘Tis the season for giving and spending! Small Business Saturday is a great time to support your community and put money back into locally owned shops. While looking for the perfect gift, consider shopping at these small businesses in the Gaslamp on Saturday, November 30!

 

Clothes & Accessories

Bubbles Boutique

Bubbles Boutique works directly with local artists to bring an eclectic array of clothing, beaded handbags, shoes and boots, unique jewelry, and swoon-worthy gifts. On November 30, they will be offering 25% off your entire purchase!

226 5th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 236-9003

 

Eyes On Fifth

Established in 2005, Eyes On Fifth is just the place to find fashion-forward eyewear with a personalized experience. Phil, Hélène, and Yazmen are experts in pairing the perfect glasses with your unique facial features and lifestyle. Their on-site laboratory allows them to cut lenses to almost any frame, so bring in your current prescription, and they will help choose the best lens available!

228 5th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 231-3937

 

Nikki & Co.

Put something sparkle under the tree! This gem (pun intended) has been around since 1948 and specializes in antique and estate jewelry, swiss watches, and diamonds. Their jewelry experts will help you find some gorgeous bling for the one you love!

562 5th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 236-0870

 

Beauty

Brick & Mason

Visit this Gaslamp salon, and you’ll be met with a cozy atmosphere, rustic-chic décor, and a friendly welcome from the owner, Walter! Treat yourself to a new do, or buy a gift card for someone whose locks could use some TLC.

555 Market St., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (443) 786-5769

Sunless Revolution

These self-proclaimed “pale skin fighters” make their customers’ tanning dreams come true. Beach days become fewer and fewer as the weather and water cool down, so head to Sunless Revolution and get custom airbrush tanning done by a professional! Try it for just $29 (a $45 value).

544 6th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 510-8830

 

TH’s Nails & Spa

With nails and spa services for men and women, a trip to TH’s Nails & Spa could be a great way to pamper yourself before date night or a fun self-care day to prepare while preparing for the holidays! They offer manis and pedis, acrylic services, facials, and more!

953 5th Ave., Suite A San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 255-9455

 

Gifts & Specialty

Allen’s Flowers & Plants

Flowers are for everyone, which make them the perfect gift for anyone! Voted San Diego’s Best Flower Shop nine years running, Allen’s has been a staple in our city for over 30 years! Can’t make it to the shop? Call or order online and they’ll deliver!

620 Market St., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 233-7673

 

Downtown ACE Hardware

The name is nationally-known, but this Gaslamp location is locally owned! Get everything you need from paint and building supplies to hardware and home décor while still supporting the Gaslamp community!

675 6th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 544-9002

 

The Bike Revolution

Since 2008, The Bike Revolution has been the spot where locals and tourists alike go for all their biking needs. Buy, rent, or repair, this shop offers it all! Rent a two-wheeler and hit the streets to see San Diego in a whole new way, or get some cool gear for the biker in your family.

522 6th Ave., San Diego, CA. 92101 – (619) 564-4843

 

 

Sale-Seekers Celebrate!

Sale-Seekers Celebrate!

Black Friday in the Gaslamp: Thanksgiving’s unofficial after-party

 

By Annie Abrahamson

When the feast has ended, and the leftovers are safely tucked in the fridge, San Diegans emerge from their food comas and head out to find the best sales in the city. Black Friday is the perfect opportunity to find retail and hospitality deals on merchandise, food/drink and experiences. Check out how these Gaslamp stores (and sooo much more) are wooing and wowing customers this shopping season.

Bubbles Boutique

Clothing, shoes, and accessories…oh, my! From November 29 – December 1, Bubbles Boutique is giving customers 25 percent off their entire purchase (regular-priced merchandise). Can’t make it to the store? No problem…Bubbles offer Facetime shopping, too.

226 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

El Chingon

Looking for some “bad ass” specials – look no further! El Chingon’s Fade To Black drink specials include 50% off all bottle packages, $5 glasses of Bad Ass Bubbly, and $25 Bottles of Bad Ass Bubbly! As an added perk, all apparel will be 50% off!

560 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

GBOD Hospitality Group

The hospitality group behind El Chingon, Havana, Meze, and Prohibition is getting into the Black Friday spirit with an awesome offer on gift cards! Buy $100 gift card and get $25 for yourself. Or get a $100 Stocking Stuffer gift card for $60!

515 Fifth Ave #200, San Diego, CA 92101

Goorin Bros

Long live the “hat people”! On Black Friday, get 30% off select hats and a free pin (select pins only) with the purchase of a hat!

631 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Greystone

Get more bang for your dining-out buck with Greystone’s Black Friday offer. Receive a $20 bonus you for every $100 gift card you buy from now until December 1!

 658 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

Treat yourself to a staycation over the holidays at Hard Rock Hotel. This Black Friday, they are giving away rooms for $99! And the first people who book with the promo code BF2019 on November 29 and December 2 will receive a $50 food and beverage credit and free parking! Book here.

207 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Havana 1920

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and Havana wants to treat you after a day full of turkey! This Black Friday, get half-off breakfast items and $5 El Presidente cocktails from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.

548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Lucky Brand Jeans

This jean company aims to make jeans for free-thinkers, artists, and dreamers. Denim lovers can get half-off the entire store November 26 – December 1. 

621 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Meze Greek Fusion

On November 29, take a break from all that shopping, and dine at Meze for 30% off! (*Must show coupon.)

345 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Oakley

Step up your sun-glass game with a new pair from Oakley! On Black Friday, receive 50% off all eye-wear and apparel. 

460 5th Ave Ste 2-113, San Diego, CA 92101

Osetra Seafood and Steaks

Give the gift of a good meal and enjoy a little something for yourself! Buy a $100 gift card from Osetra, and you’ll get an additional $20 (from now through December 31).

904 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Prohibition

Who doesn’t love a good cocktail after a busy holiday? Head to Prohibition for $5 Manhattans from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Reebok Fit Hub

For the shoe lovers in your life, Reebok’s entire store is 40% off! Expect even more discounts and door-busting offers on Black Friday!

450 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Skechers

Young, adult, athletic, or leisure, Sketchers has shoes for everyone and every occasion. On Black Friday, get buy-one-get-on on all shoes and accessories! 

480 Fifth Ave #2-110, San Diego, CA 92101

Sole Concepts

Sandals, boots, and booties, the Birkenstock name has been around since 1774. Lovers of this brand will receive the biggest sale the store has promoted in 30 years: buy-one-get-one-half-off shoes (includes sale merchandise too)!

520 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Tocaya Catering

It’s the season for holiday parties and family get-togethers – which also means feeding large groups of people!  Choose the less stressful option and have your food catered!  From now until December 29, Tocaya Catering is offering 10% off orders of $300 or more with code HOLIDAYS10!

755 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Union Kitchen & Tap

Union has the perfect stocking stuffers for your holiday needs!  Get 30% off all in-store retail on Black Friday, or pick up a $100 gift card and receive a $30 bonus!

333 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Urban Outfitters

The one-stop-shop for trendy clothes, boho home decor, retro accessories, and more!  From November 27 to December 1, enjoy buy-one-half-off the entire store!

665 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Duke Windsor: Radiance – A Solo Show

Duke Windsor: Radiance – A Solo Show

San Diego artist opens exhibition at Sparks Gallery

 

By Annie Abrahamson

On Sunday, December 1, San Diego artist Duke Windsor opens his solo show at Sparks Gallery, unveiling his newest collection of work. In this exhibition, Windsor uses gold leaf to create a wonderlust portrayal of the back streets of San Diego neighborhoods. The exhibition runs December 1 through March 1, and will open with a public reception on 12/1 from 6-9pm. Wine sales from the reception will benefit Escondido Arts Partnership–Municipal Gallery. RSVP here to receive one free drink ticket. 

As an added bonus, on January 29, Duke Windsor will lead a workshop on the process of gilding in gold leaf and applying it to artwork using both traditional and experimental techniques (no experience necessary). Click here for tickets.