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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)

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.

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!



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.


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).



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.



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.

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



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


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


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


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


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. 

All About that Baste — Thanksgiving Week has arrived in the Gaslamp

All About that Baste — Thanksgiving Week has arrived in the Gaslamp

Gobble all the way to Turkey Day at these popular bars, restaurants and nightclubs.


By Annie Abrahamson

Let’s face it…sometimes the holidays in San Diego feel less than festive with all our sunshine, beaches, and beautiful weather. While the rest of the country layers up in scarves and sweaters to watch the leaves change and fall, we are still reaching for our sunglasses and enjoying happy hour on the patio. But while everyone else prepares to shovel their driveways and rake their lawns, we are putting that extra energy into some serious holiday planning. We don’t need cold weather to pull off a delicious feast or fun-filled gathering with family and friends, and we have our Gaslamp neighborhood bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to prove it!



Tuesday, November 26


barleymash is hosting a barley-Stache Silent Disco party to benefit the Movember charity. Guests will listen to music on headphones, which basically means the room will be full of people dancing in silence. This event will be held in Ginger’s located beneath barleymash. Mustaches are optional, and ‘70s attire is encouraged. 

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


Wednesday, November 27 (Thanksgiving Eve)

El Chingon

Fiesta before you feast at this “Bad Ass Mexican Restaurant”! Enjoy specially-priced margaritas from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., including their signature Prickly Pear Margaritas made with Blanco tequila, orange, orange liqueur, and prickly pear – each for $5!

560 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


Havana 1920

This Cuban spot guarantee guests will be “Havana” good time at their Drinksgiving event featuring its Don Q daiquiris for $5 each from 11 a.m. –1 a.m. From 10 p.m – 11 p.m., diners can indulge in a daiquiri and an award-winning Cubano sandwich combination for $12.

548 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101



Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine

Located in the Pendry San Diego, Lionfish (specializing in modern coastal cuisine) is hosting Friendsgiving featuring Thanksgiving dinner specials. This is the perfect place to take your classiest friends to enjoy some fresh-catch cuisine with seasonal ingredients in a modern and cutting-edge environment. Make your reservation here.

435 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Meze Greek Fusion

Yamas’ to Drinksgiving! Meze invites you to get in the holiday spirit with the spirits of Greece! Specials include $5 well cocktails, draft beers, and glasses of house wine along with a full drink menu featuring an assortment of craft cocktails, Greek wines, local drafts, and bottled beers.

345 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Oxford Social Club

Friendsgiving wouldn’t be complete without good friends and…Wild Turkey Shots for $5! Oxford social has both along with beats from DJ Shadowman. They are also celebrating Black Friday early with a $100 first bottle special! Make your bottle service reservation here.

435 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Parq Restaurant & Nightclub

The holidays always seem to drum up big talent, and this year Parq is delivering! On Thanksgiving Eve, DJ Mustard will be delivering his hits on a dance floor platter. Grab your ticket here.

615 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101



“Drinksgiving” is exactly how it sounds…and Prohibition is all about the drinks! Party like it’s the 1920’s with $5 Old Fashioned cocktails and $5 house lagers from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. Local musicians, Lafayette Blues Band, will kick off the holiday weekend providing live music all night long! Can’t get enough? Your favorite speakeasy will also be open on Thanksgiving from 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.

548 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

Side Bar Nightclub & Lounge

If a party is what you’re after, look no further. Side Bar’s Wednesday nights are infamous in the Gaslamp, and this Thanksgiving Eve is no exception. Join in on this special “Latin Edition” Industry Night featuring DJ Susie. Click here to get on the guest list or here for bottle service.

 536 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101

Tipsy Crow

Remember back in college when you went home for the holidays and saw all your high school friends? Tipsy Crow is tapping into their nostalgic side with “Legends Night Tipsy High School Reunion Keg Party.” All three floors will be open, and they’ll have drink specials all night. And if you want more, they will be open at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day!

770 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


Tin Roof

Let loose before heading to your family’s house with some live music and drink specials at Tin Roof! Their Friendsgiving party includes entertainment by Keep Your Soul, as well as $2 Candy Corn shots, $3 Fireball, and $12 Pitchers!

401 G St., San Diego, CA 92101

Thursday, November 28 (Thanksgiving Day)


Bandar restaurant wishes you a very happy and blessed Thanksgiving! The restaurant with be open during regular hours 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m., come enjoy a good old Persian entrée from their classic menu!

845 Fourth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101


Who wants to cook when you can have a three-course Thanksgiving dinner at barleymash! Enjoy your holiday favorites including butternut squash soup, andouille stuffed turkey roulade, garlic mashed potatoes, spiced apple & raisin bread pudding, and more! And the best part is…your kitchen will stay clean! Reservations strongly recommended, so call or email for more information.

600 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Cafe Sevilla

You may not be traveling to Spain this holiday season, but Sevilla is the next best thing! Spice up your Thanksgiving Day with live music and a delicious three-course prix fixe menu featuring classic holiday dishes with a Spanish twist. $39.50 for adults and $19.50 for kids.

353 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


El Chingon

We know big family dinners can be stressful. So stop in, kiss your Great Aunt Hazel, and then hurry over to El Chingon for a Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias! They will be open from 5 p.m. – 2 p.m. with their signature Ritmo party, a Latin event featuring reggaeton, Spanish trap, Laton Top 40’s and hip hop!

560 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

House of Blues

In the spirit of giving, HOB will provide a Thanksgiving meal to more than 200 members of our community who are in need of some extra love and support. They have partnered with several non-profit organizations that have distributed tickets to guests who will have access to a warm, traditional Thanksgiving meal. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with a special performance by Mission Bay High School. Note: This event is ticket/invite only and is not open to the public.

1055 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Le Parfait Paris

If you’re hosting your own Thanksgiving dinner, do yourself a favor and get your desserts from Le Parfait Paris! This Thanksgiving, they are baking up an apple, cinnamon, and pecan pie! This dream-worthy pie is topped with house-made caramelized apple with cinnamon, pecans, and a crumble finish for $35 (serves 10). For pastry lovers, they offer a 2 lb or 3 lb croissant with vanilla or chocolate. Last minute desserts can be picked up, but we recommend pre-ordering here.

555 G St., San Diego, CA. 92101

Meze Greek Fusion

If you want to add some Mediterranean flare to your holiday fare, head to Meze for a delicious Thanksgiving Greek Dinner buffet (only $25.99 per person, which is cheaper than a large turkey!).

345 Sixth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101


If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring your family, Osetra Seafood and Steaks is it! Not only do they have a delicious three-course menu for adults, but their three-course kids’ menu might be one of the most gourmet children’s menus we’ve ever seen!

904 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Osteria Panevino

Sometimes, it’s best to stick with the classics. Osteria Panevino’s Thanksgiving menu will make you nostalgic for your Grandma’s cooking. Great choice if you’re a bit homesick or just too far from Grandma’s house! Check out their menu here.  

722 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101



Rustic Root

Leave the cooking up to Rustic Root while you sit down and enjoy a three-course holiday meal! Nosh on all your Thanksgiving favorites with a rustic twist in the downstairs dining room between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. If you’re looking for something more casual, head to the rooftop for football, views of the Gaslamp, and food from their regular menu! View their holiday menu here.

535 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

The Sugar Factory American Brasserie

The Sugar Factory American Brasserie at Theatre Box is starting a new tradition by offering its first three-course Thanksgiving feast beginning at 5 p.m. for $49 per person. However, if you want to up the ante for an additional $10, you can choose to add the “Gobble Gobble Insane Milkshake” to your meal. This crazy treat is made with (are you ready for this?): vanilla ice cream and pumpkin pie chunks, topped with whipped cream, sprinkles, a slice of pumpkin pie and a dark chocolate turkey in a chocolate ganache covered mug, covered with candy pumpkins.

701 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

Union Kitchen & Tap

Thanksgiving is a day filled with friends, family, food, and football! If you’re a Cowboys or Bills fan, Union Kitchen & Tap is where you want to be! Feast on a three-course Thanksgiving meal (holiday menu runs all day) while watching the game and sipping on $5 Apple Pie Mules! Make your reservation here

333 Fifth Ave., San Diego, CA 92101

“Wonderfront” music festival set to rock downtown San Diego

“Wonderfront” music festival set to rock downtown San Diego

An inaugural music, arts and culinary festival is coming to San Diego’s downtown waterfront on the weekend before Thanksgiving (November 22 – 24). Featuring nearly 100 musical acts, Wonderfront is poised to make a big splash at seven stages along San Diego Bay. The event’s organizers are expecting to lure 30,000 concert-goers per day of the festival.

In addition to Wonderfront’s multitude of on-site food-and-beverage offerings, attendees will also be granted festival re-entry (in-and-out) privileges. This means ticketholders will be able to leave the festival grounds to have lunch, dinner and drinks in the Gaslamp Quarter, and then return to the show before their next favorite act(s) take the stage.

Speaking of stages, Wonderfront will have seven of them or more. Headliners include Miguel, Ben Harper, Migos, Slightly Stoopid, MGMT, Guitar Legends 3, Tucanes de Tijuana and many more. See the entire three-day lineup and purchase tickets at

Dates: November 22-24, 2019
Location: Seven stages along the downtown waterfront

The 25th Annual  Gaslamp Gala  was a huge success!

The 25th Annual Gaslamp Gala was a huge success!

The 2019 San Diego Union Tribune Gaslamp Gala presented by The San Diego Hilton Gaslamp Quarter was a huge success!  Over 425 people attended the celebration honoring awardees from the Historic Heart of San Diego, and unvieling plans for a new infrastructure project The Gaslamp Promenade.

Guests started out the evening on the beautiful terrace at the Gaslamp Quarter Hilton where they could have a cocktail and bid on a silent auction filled with hotel stays and fine art.  Revelers tried bites from  barleymash, Challenge Dairy, El Chingon, Havana 1920, Meze Greek Fusion, Volcano Rabbit, The Melting Pot, Shamrock Foods, and STK.  After a welcome and remarks from District #3 Council member Chris Ward and Jason Weisz from Senator Toni Atkins office,  guests descended the staircase onto Fifth Avenue. where dinner was set under the Iconic Arch.

Hilton Gaslamp Quarter provided a beautiful 3 course meal, and guests dined under the stars with hanging lights, and listened to the music of entertainment sponsor, The Shout! House.  The program kicked off with a welcome by Executive Director Michael Trimble, and remarks from The Honorable Mayor of San Diego Kevin Faulconer.  Auctioneer Clint Bell, MC-ed the evening and lead a live auction filled with stunning vacations, a San Diego Padres first pitch and great experiences at different Gaslamp Quarter locations.

The coveted Gaslamp Awards were given in 12 categories to businesses in the neighborhood.  The Gaslamp Visionary award was granted to Marsha Sewell and Outstanding Service Award to George Bates.

A highlight of the evening was also the unvieling of the Fifth Avenue Gaslamp Promenade, which recieved endorsement speeches from San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, and State Assembly member Todd Gloria.

The event couldn’t have been done without the help of its many sponsors: The San Diego Union Tribune, The San Diego Hilton Gaslamp Quarter, GBOD Hospitality Group,Gefrom Productions, Viejas, Young’s, Southern Wine and Spirits, Sysco, US Foods, Shamrock Foods, The San Diego Padres, RMD Group, barleymash, Anheuser Busch, Karl Strauss,Heineken, The Shout! House, Parq Restaurant + Nightclub, Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, OMNIA. A7D, Trilogy, Kansas City BBQ, Hard Rock Hotel, HP Investors, The San Diego Convention Center, Cohn Restaurant Group, Carrier Johnson + Culture, Kimley Horn,  Rafaels, Pepsico, and Eventworks.

The after party was celebrated at OMNIA, where guests danced into the early AM!

More photos to come

Gaslamp Gala Award Winners!

Best Boutique –Bubbles Boutique

Best Hotel- The Pendry San Diego

Best New Business- Ike’s Place

Best Art Gallery – Sparks Gallery

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Prohibition Adds a Harvest of New Fall Cocktails

Prohibition Adds a Harvest of New Fall Cocktails

Prohibition, GBOD Hospitality Group’s underground speakeasy located at 548 Fifth Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, has introduced an assortment of new fall-inspired and Old Fashioned cocktails to its menu, available now.

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The new selection of fall cocktails, each priced at $14, include:

  • Fall Gold Rush, made with bourbon, pineapple juice, lemon juice, almond orgeat, cinnamon and R&D House Bitters;
  • Army Navy, made with Seven Caves Tiki Gin, lemon juice, almond orgeat and R&D sarsaparilla bitters;
  • Hotel Nacional, a combination of Havana Club Blanco Rum, lime juice, pineapple juice, demerara and apricot;
  • Greyhound, made with Hibiscus Glendalough Gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and honey, garnished with grapefruit zest;
  • Jalisco Maid, made with tequila, lime juice, cucumber, mint and demerara;
  • Old Cuban, a combination of Pusser’s Rum, lime juice, mint, demerara and sparkling wine;
  • Caipirinha, made with Leblon Cachaça, muddled limes and demerara;
  • Kentucky Jippler, a combination of bourbon, honey, lemon juice, grapefruit zest and R&D Sarsaparilla Bitters.

The selection of Classic Stirred Old Fashioned variations, each priced at $14, includes:

  • Archangel, made with gin, Aperol and cucumber juice;
  • Fall Old Fashioned, a combination of bourbon, maple, cinnamon and R&D House Bitters;
  • New Carre, made with Henebery Rye, Applejack, vermouth, Bénédictine and R&D Cherry Apple Bitters;
  • Oxacan Old Fashioned, a combination of El Silencio Mezcal, honey, R&D House and Fire Bitters;
  • Irish Sazerac, made with Glendalough Irish Whisky, demerara, Peychaud’s Bitters and absinthe.
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The selection of Top Shelf Old Fashioned cocktails include:

  • Enforcer Level Old Fashioned, made with Blanton’s Bourbon, demerara and bitters, priced at $20;
  • Under Boss Level Old Fashioned, made with Whistle Pig 12-year-old rye, demerara and bitters, priced at $45;
  • Boss Level Old Fashioned, made with Balvenie PortWood 21-year-old scotch, demerara and bitters, priced at $75;
  • Godfather Level Old Fashioned, made with Macallan Rare Cask scotch, demerara and bitters, priced at $90.


More information about Prohibition is available by calling 619.501.1919 or online at


About Prohibition

In February of 2017 GBOD Hospitality took over management of Prohibition, a speakeasy known for its craft cocktails, where bartenders, rapturous live music and hypnotic lighting capture the elusive spirit of the 1920s-era underground bar scene. Prohibition, located at 548 Fifth Ave, is an underground bar and the stairs are located behind an inconspicuous “Law Office – Eddie O’Hare, ESQ.” door located adjacent to Havana 1920. It is open Monday through Thursday from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. with live music beginning at 9 p.m. More information about Prohibition is available on the website at and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ProhibitionSD.